OTA’s are back with a majority of the team participating, the biggest exception being Danielle Hunter who missed last year with a neck injury and reportedly wants his contract redone. Although the Vikings (and myself) want Hunter at OTA’s and training camp if this drags out long enough, I’m one of those people who will almost always side with the player. It’s a short career, these young men need to maximize their earnings while they can because one bad play and their career is over. I saw a tweet yesterday and of course can’t find it now but someone with a blue check on Twitter tweeted that the salary cap next year is expected to rise up to 20M dollars from this year. Feel free to disagree with any football take I throw up here, but if you resort to personal attacks I’ll ban you without a second thought. Meanwhile, we’ll carry on with our news and links open thread full of crockpot recipes, nap strategies and beer recommendations; drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and it’s Thursday, one more day until it’s weekend eve and time to plan the beer and meat menu for the weekend.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Nearly all NFL stadiums have been approved for 100% capacity in 2021. U.S. Bank Stadium will be rocking again!
Vikings news from other sources:
5 Observations: Cleveland, Dozier Switch Guard Spots; Peterson Shines at CB.
Vikings Introduce Soft-Padded Helmets for Parts of OTA Practices.
Lunchbreak: Pro Football Focus Places Eric Kendricks Among NFL’s Top 3 LBs Entering 2021.
Bold predictions for 2021 NFL season: Aaron Rodgers lifts Broncos, Julio Jones fuels Titans.
Former Patriots, Colts future HoF’er Adam Vinatieri says he plans to retire.
NFL updates COVID-19 protocols: Vaccinated players largely returning to pre-pandemic normal at work.
NFL, NFLPA agree to $208.2M salary cap ceiling for 2022 season.
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With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don’t forget to wash your hands, tip your waiter very well, it’s been a tough year and a half and Welcome Aboard!