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  • Vikings High On Drake Maye; Latest On Giants’ Interest

    With the Bears all but certain to start the draft with Caleb Williams and the Commanders pointing toward taking Jayden Daniels at No. 2, the Patriots have the inside track to Drake Maye. If the Pats felt comfortable enough with the two-year North Carolina starter, trade buzz would be moot. Three days away from the [...]

    Apr 22 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Minnesota Vikings New York Giants Drake Maye
  • J.J. McCarthy Latest: Giants, Jones, Vikings, Patriots

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    Insistent they have not given up on Daniel Jones, the Giants have still put in plenty of work on drafting his potential replacement. Holding the No. 6 overall pick, the Giants may need to move up to land the passer of their choice. One such passer may be losing steam with regards to being the [...]

    Apr 19 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft New York Giants Minnesota Vikings New England Patriots Daniel Jones J.J. McCarthy
  • Vikings To Meet With Jayden Daniels On Thursday

    The Minnesota Vikings brass is scheduled to meet with LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels for dinner on Thursday night in Baton Rouge, according to agent Ron Butler. Daniels is widely expected to come off the board in the top three picks of next week's NFL draft, so if the Vikings are going to land the 2023 Heisman Trophy winner, they would need to trade up within the first round. Minnesota acquired the No. 23 overall pick in a trade this spring with the Houston Texans, so they now hold two first-round selections at Nos. 11 and 23. The Vikings are clearly in the market for a signal-caller after Kirk Cousins left in free agency and signed with the Atlanta Falcons, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the team trade up within the first five picks to select Daniels or another QB prospect.

    Apr 18 · Source via NFL Draft Minnesota Vikings Jayden Daniels
  • Vikes' Hockenson: NFL needs to look into low hits

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    T.J. Hockenson said Monday the NFL needs to look into low hits that are resulting in serious knee injuries for players.

    Apr 16 · ESPN Minnesota Vikings T.J. Hockenson
  • Justin Jefferson Not Present To Start Vikings’ Offseason Program

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    Offseason programs do not shift to the mandatory attendance portion until near their conclusion, with minicamps residing on teams' calendars in June. But this week will bring a minor chapter in a few contract sagas. Justin Jefferson's status with the Vikings is among them. Jefferson did not report to the first day of the Vikings' [...]

    Apr 16 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Justin Jefferson
  • Justin Jefferson Doesn't Report For Voluntary Workouts

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    Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell said that wide receiver Justin Jefferson did not report on Monday for Day 1 of voluntary workouts. The workouts this spring are voluntary, and Jefferson is angling for a new contract. It was a disappointing year for Jefferson in 2023 due to injury, as he played in a career-low 10 games. However, the three-time Pro Bowler still managed to go over 1,000 yards receiving for the fourth straight season to begin his NFL career, also adding five touchdowns. The 24-year-old remains one of the best wideouts, if not the best, in football when he's healthy. However, contract situation aside, his fantasy value for 2024 is inevitably going to take a hit after quarterback Kirk Cousins left in free agency to play for the Atlanta Falcons.

    Apr 15 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Justin Jefferson
  • Vikings GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah Addresses Potential First-Round Trade

    In need of a long-term answer at quarterback, the Vikings have consistently been connected to a trade-up from the No. 11 spot to acquire one of the class' top passers. General manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah recently confirmed there are multiple signal-callers the team is high on, but Minnesota could of course elect to remain in place if the [...]

    Apr 14 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Minnesota Vikings
  • Latest On Vikings’ Quarterback Plans

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    Making their intentions fairly clear via the March trade with the Texans, the Vikings are in position to present an intriguing offer to a team willing to trade out of this draft's prime QB real estate. A path that would make Sam Darnold a bridge (at best) is firmly in play for Minnesota. Third-year GM [...]

    Apr 11 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Sam Darnold
  • Vikings Schedule Meeting With QB Jayden Daniels

    As one of the top quarterback prospects in this year's class, Jayden Daniels remains busy with respect to in-person meetings with potential NFL destinations. That process will see him take part in a private visit with the Vikings. Minnesota has lined up a second summit with the reigning Heisman winner, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. [...]

    Apr 11 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Minnesota Vikings Jayden Daniels
  • Broncos Meet With Laiatu Latu; OLB To Visit Vikings, Cardinals

    Among the first-round edge rushers in this year's class, Laiatu Latu is coming off back-to-back 10-plus-sack seasons. This came after the UCLA alum had retired from football due to injury. Given the production and medical history, Latu is becoming popular on the visit circuit. The Broncos have met with the former Washington recruit, according to [...]

    Apr 9 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Arizona Cardinals Denver Broncos Minnesota Vikings Laiatu Latu
  • Vikings Could Be Looking For Edge-Rush Help In First Round

    The Athletic's Bruce Feldman predicts that the Jacksonville Jaguars will trade the 17th overall pick in the first round of this year's NFL draft to the Minnesota Vikings, who will take Florida State edge rusher Jared Verse. The Vikings lost edge players Danielle Hunter, Marcus Davenport and D.J. Wonnum this winter but added Andrew Van Ginkel and Jonathan Greenard. Verse would bring a disruptive playing style along the defensive line after he made a smooth transition to Florida State from Albany. In two seasons with the Seminoles, the 23-year-old had 18 sacks, 29 tackles for loss and 88 tackles. "He's very physical. He gets after people in the run game. Has some mitts and uses those hands well. He's an explosive athlete and has good burst. Plays like he's always trying to prove he belongs in big-time football," one coach said.

    Apr 9 · Source via NFL Draft Minnesota Vikings Jared Verse
  • Vikings, Chargers, Cardinals To Host Dallas Turner

    As one of the top defensive prospects in the 2024 class, edge rusher Dallas Turner unsurprisingly has a busy schedule in the build-up to the draft. Having already lined up visits with the Falcons and Bears, he is also on the radar of three other interested teams. Turner is visiting the Vikings today, Tom Pelissero of NFL [...]

    Apr 8 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Arizona Cardinals Los Angeles Chargers Minnesota Vikings Dallas Turner
  • Vikings Very Interested In J.J. McCarthy

    With quarterback Kirk Cousins now with the Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell needs a new QB to utilize a talented group of receivers, and The Athletic's Bruce Feldman is hearing the Vikes are very interested in Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy, who went 27-1 as the Wolverines starter and led the team to the national title last year. Feldman is even suggesting the Vikings could trade all the way up to No. 4 overall with the Arizona Cardinals to take McCarthy in this year's NFL draft. The 21-year-old didn't put up the gaudy stats that the high-end names in this year's draft did, but he has honed pro-style footwork and threw 44 touchdowns to only nine picks in two seasons as the starter. McCarthy can also run, going for nine TDs and more than 500 yards on the ground. Landing in Minnesota would probably give him the most short- and long-term fantasy upside.

    Apr 6 · Source via NFL Draft Minnesota Vikings J.J. McCarthy
  • Vikings Ownership Pushing For Long-Term Quarterback Move?

    It certainly is no longer a secret the Vikings are interested in moving up for a quarterback. Linked to such a climb before their pivotal trade with the Texans, that deal made other QB-needy teams well aware the Vikes are serious about replacing Kirk Cousins with a potential first in franchise history. From Fran Tarkenton [...]

    Apr 4 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Minnesota Vikings
  • Vikings, Commanders Schedule Michael Penix Meetings; Seahawks In Play For QB?

    Not mentioned among the quarterbacks projected to land in the top five, Michael Penix Jr. still profiles as a player who could certainly go off the draft board in Round 1. A number of teams are doing their homework on the recent national championship game starter. Penix scheduled visits with the Giants, Falcons, Broncos, Raiders and [...]

    Apr 3 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Minnesota Vikings Seattle Seahawks Washington Commanders Michael Penix
  • Jayden Daniels Vikings’, Raiders’ Preferred Trade-Up Target?

    Competition for a top-three selection will intensify if one of the Bears', Commanders' or Patriots' selections becomes available. Of those, New England's appears to be the likeliest to be moved (although it very much remains to be seen if the team is willing to move out of the opportunity to add a potential franchise quarterback [...]

    Mar 31 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Las Vegas Raiders Minnesota Vikings Jayden Daniels
  • Packers HC Matt LaFleur Surprised By RB Moves

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    The Packers were one of the major players in the free agent RB carousel. The team couldn't convince Aaron Jones to take a pay cut, leading to the veteran's release. The Packers quickly scooped up former Raiders star Josh Jacobs as Jones' replacement, completely revamping the top of their depth chart. [RELATED: Packers Sign RB [...]

    Mar 30 · Pro Football Rumors Green Bay Packers Minnesota Vikings Josh Jacobs Aaron Jones
  • Latest On Vikings’ Draft Plans

    Armed with two first-round picks, the Vikings are a team worth watching in the build-up to next month's draft. Minnesota is a strong candidate for a move up the board to land a quarterback, although the presence of Sam Darnold means the position could be a priority after Day 1. [RELATED: Vikings Among Teams Set To Host [...]

    Mar 28 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Minnesota Vikings
  • Kevin O'Connell Praises Sam Darnold

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    Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell said that he's happy to have veteran quarterback Sam Darnold on the team this year. "I think his best football is ahead of him because of how he handled the last couple of years," O'Connell said. The Vikings head coach points out that he saw growth with Darnold's fundamentals as he worked as Brock Purdy's backup in San Francisco last year, and he's excited to get to work with him in Minnesota. The Vikings signed the former first-rounder to a one-year, $10 million deal this offseason, and depending on what the team does in the upcoming NFL draft, Darnold could open the year as the starter under center in Week 1. He'll have one of the best receivers in the game in Justin Jefferson to work with if he's starting, but Darnold will still be a midrange QB2, at best, in fantasy.

    Mar 25 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Sam Darnold
  • Vikings Add DE Jihad Ward, LB Kamu Grugier-Hill

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    The Vikings have seen their roster transform drastically over the past couple of weeks. Their efforts to continue building on defense have not stopped yet. Today, Minnesota agreed to deals that bring in defensive end Jihad Ward and linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, per Vikings senior editor Craig Peters. Ward is an eight-year veteran who was drafted […]

    Mar 21 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Kamu Grugier-Hill Jihad Ward
  • Vikings Signing Jihad Ward, Kamu Grugier-Hill

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    The Minnesota Vikings are signing edge rusher Jihad Ward and linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN. Ward spent last season with the New York Giants, and he posted a career-high five sacks. The former second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft has struggled to develop into a high-end pass-rusher, but he'll provide depth behind Jonathan Greenard after the loss of Danielle Hunter. Grugier-Hill has played for five teams since entering the NFL in 2016, racking up 338 tackles, six sacks, three interceptions, eight passes defended, and 34 run stuffs in 115 games. The Vikings appear to be in a period of transition, so these veterans should help ease the growing pains in 2024.

    Mar 20 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Jonathan Greenard Kamu Grugier-Hill Jihad Ward
  • Vikings Agree To Terms With Dan Feeney

    The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal with free-agent center/guard Dan Feeney on Tuesday. Feeney will bring plenty of versatility and experience to Minnesota in 2024, having appeared in 112 games (65 starts) over his seven NFL seasons after originally being taken in the third round (71st overall) by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017 out of Indiana. He spent the 2023 campaign with the Chicago Bears, appearing in 16 games (one start) in the Windy City. The 29-year-old will come to the Vikings in 2024 looking to plug a hole on the interior of their offensive line, and he could be blocking for a rookie quarterback if the team trades up in the first round of the draft to select one.

    Mar 19 · Source via Minnesota Vikings
  • Vikings Agree To Terms With Shaquill Griffin

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    The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with cornerback Shaquill Griffin, according to ESPN's Kevin Seifert. Griffin spent last season with the Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers, collecting 39 tackles and one sack in 13 games. Overall, the 2018 third-round pick has totaled 366 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, seven interceptions, 64 passes defended, and 10 run stuffs in 89 games with the Seahawks, Jaguars, Texans, and Panthers. The 28-year-old's best days as a player are likely behind him, but he could still be a solid depth player for the rebuilding Vikings in 2024.

    Mar 19 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Shaquill Griffin
  • Vikings Sign Defensive Tackle Jonah Williams

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    The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent defensive tackle Jonah Williams to an undisclosed deal on Tuesday after he visited with the team on Monday. Williams played with defensive line coach Marcus Dixon when both were with the Los Angeles Rams. The Vikings had signed the 28-year-old in November of 2021 but he failed a physical and ended up winning a Super Bowl ring with the Rams after that. In his first three years in the NFL with the Rams from 2021-23, Williams had a total of 77 tackles (32 solo), 2.5 sacks and eight QB hits in 41 games played (22 starts). He was thrust into a larger role in LA in 2022 due to injuries to Aaron Donald and A'Shawn Robinson and ended up starting a career-high 16 games in 2023. Williams will give Minnesota more defensive-line depth this year.

    Mar 19 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Jonah Williams
  • Vikings To Sign DL Jonah Williams

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    After spending a single day with the Vikings in 2021, Jonah Williams will be eyeing a longer stay in Minnesota this time around. The defensive lineman will be signing with the Vikings, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Williams will be inking a one-year deal worth up to $1.5MM, according to Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness […]

    Mar 19 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Jonah Williams
  • Vikings Obtain Texans' First-Round Pick; Team Hoping To Acquire Cardinals' No. 4 Pick?

    MARCH 17: Now that the Vikings have two first-round picks in the 2024 draft, ESPN’s Matt Miller says the “latest leaguewide rumor” is that Minnesota will use its newfound resource to acquire the Cardinals‘ No. 4 overall pick (subcription required). Arizona has Kyler Murray entrenched as its QB1 and could accelerate its rebuild with additional […]

    Mar 17 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Houston Texans Minnesota Vikings Arizona Cardinals
  • Vikings Looking To Draft Drake Maye?

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    NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah said on Thursday that he thinks the Minnesota Vikings "will put forth a strong effort to try and get up to get Drake Maye" in the upcoming NFL draft in April. The Vikings sit with the No. 11 pick in the first round of the draft, but they just made a trade on Friday with the Houston Texans to add another first-round selection (23rd overall), giving them more draft capital to potentially make a leap into the first five picks in order to acquire a franchise signal-caller like Maye. The Vikings started down this path of trying to trade up for a QB after Kirk Cousins left for the Atlanta Falcons in free agency. Minnesota signed former first-rounder Sam Darnold earlier this week, but he will almost certainly serve as a bridge QB for whichever signal-caller the Vikings take in this year's draft.

    Mar 15 · Source via NFL Draft Minnesota Vikings Sam Darnold Drake Maye
  • Vikings Moving Up In 2024 NFL Draft

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    The Minnesota Vikings acquired the 23rd and 232nd overall picks in the upcoming 2024 NFL draft from the Houston Texans on Friday in exchange for the 42nd and 188th overall picks in this year's draft and a second-rounder next year. In addition to the 23rd pick in the first round, the Vikings also have the 11th overall pick. The move to acquire a second first-round pick is expected to be about the Vikings gaining enough draft capital for a move into the top 10 in order to take a franchise signal-caller after Kirk Cousins signed with the Atlanta Falcons in free agency. Minnesota also signed former first-rounder Sam Darnold in free agency, but he will almost certainly serve as a bridge quarterback to the incoming rookie QB that the Vikings choose to take in this year's draft.

    Mar 15 · Source via NFL Draft Minnesota Vikings Sam Darnold
  • Vikings Sign Jerry Tillery To One-Year Deal

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    The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent defensive tackle Jerry Tillery to a one-year deal worth up to $3.75 million on Thursday, according to a source. The former first-round pick (28th overall) by the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2019 draft out of Notre Dame played the 2023 campaign with the Las Vegas Raiders and had 31 tackles (11 solo), two sacks, six QB hits and a fumble recovery in 17 games played (six starts). The 27-year-old figures to provide interior depth on Minnesota's defensive line in 2024 and won't be on the fantasy radar in IDP leagues. Tillery has totaled 147 tackles (76 solo), 12.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, 41 QB hits, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 79 games (39 starts) in his five NFL seasons to this point.

    Mar 14 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Jerry Tillery
  • Vikings Agree With Trent Sherfield On One-Year Deal

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    The Minnesota Vikings agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.79 million with former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Trent Sherfield on Thursday. Sherfield will receive a $400,000 signing bonus. The 28-year-old former undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt spent the first three years of his career playing for the Arizona Cardinals before one-year stints with the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Bills in 2023. He caught 11 of his 22 targets for 86 yards and one touchdown in 17 regular season games (one start) in Buffalo last year. Sherfield has a grand total of 78 receptions for 930 yards and five touchdowns on 141 targets in his six years in the NFL and won't be on the fantasy radar in 2024 as he competes with Brandon Powell for a reserve role in Minnesota behind Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison.

    Mar 14 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Trent Sherfield
  • Vikings To Re-Sign DE Jonathan Bullard

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    Jonathan Bullard is inking a third contract with the Vikings. The team announced that they’ve resigned the veteran defensive lineman. According to Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 in Houston, Bullard inked a one-year deal worth a max value of $3.25MM. Bullard has spent the past two seasons in Minnesota, starting 21 of his 29 appearances. During […]

    Mar 14 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Jonathan Bullard Harrison Phillips
  • Harrison Smith Agrees To Restructured Contract

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    Six-time Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith has agreed to a restructured contract and will play his 13th season with the Minnesota Vikings at age 35 in 2024, according to sources. Smith was the 29th overall pick in 2012 by the Vikings out of Notre Dame. He has 34 career interceptions and has become one of the best safeties of his era in the NFL. Smith set a career-high in defensive snaps played last year and had 93 tackles (60 solo), a career-high-tying three sacks, six QB hits and three forced fumbles in 17 starts. It was good enough to place him at No. 35 in overall fantasy points among defensive backs in IDP setups. While not necessarily an every-week starter in those fantasy formats, Smith has remained productive well into his 30s and can be a streamer at the defensive back position.

    Mar 13 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Harrison Smith
  • Cam Akers Becomes A Free Agent

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    The Minnesota Vikings declined to offer a restricted free-agent tender to running back Cam Akers (Achilles), meaning he is a free agent and can negotiate freely with any team. The former second-round pick was an exciting prospect out of Florida State in 2020 but after two Achilles tears in four years in the NFL, his career has struggled to get off the ground. Akers was traded to the Vikings from the Los Angeles Rams early in the 2023 campaign and rushed 38 times for 138 yards and one touchdown before suffering a major Achilles injury. The 24-year-old might get a chance to play elsewhere, but it'll likely be on a cheap, one-year deal. For now, he remains far from the fantasy radar. The majority of skill players do not recover well from an Achilles tear, never mind two.

    Mar 13 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Cam Akers
  • Vikings Still Not Interested In Trading Justin Jefferson

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    At the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah aggressively rejected the idea of trading star wide receiver Justin Jefferson. The Vikings came close to extending Jefferson last offseason, and the team still has no plans to trade him despite quarterback Kirk Cousins' departure to the Atlanta Falcons in free agency, according to sources. The 25-year-old pass-catcher is currently signed through the 2024 season. With Cousins gone, the Vikings signed former first-rounder Sam Darnold. Unless the team makes a splash in the upcoming NFL draft for a rookie signal-caller, all signs point to Darnold taking over the starting gig in Minnesota, which would give Jefferson far less upside as an elite WR1 for fantasy purposes.

    Mar 13 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Justin Jefferson
  • Brandon Powell Staying In Minnesota

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    The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms to re-sign wide receiver Brandon Powell to an undisclosed one-year deal on Tuesday night, according to a source. Powell caught 29 passes for a career-high 324 yards and a key touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons on 44 targets in 17 games (two starts) in 2023 in his first year with the Vikings and fifth year in the NFL. Normally more of a punt returner, Powell was relied on more often due to injuries to Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison and K.J. Osborn. The 28-year-old former undrafted free agent out of Florida has bounced around with four different teams in his five NFL seasons, but he'll stay put in Minnesota in 2024 and could be the team's starting slot wideout if Osborn doesn't re-sign. Still, with quarterback Sam Darnold potentially Minnesota's starter under center in 2024, Powell will be off the fantasy radar in most leagues.

    Mar 13 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Brandon Powell
  • Danielle Hunter Signing Two-Year Deal With Texans

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    Four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Danielle Hunter is signing an two-year deal with the Houston Texans this week worth $49 million, including $48 million fully guaranteed, according to sources. It's a huge get for the upstart Texans, as Hunter has 87.5 career sacks in 119 games played (90 starts) in his eight seasons in the NFL, all with the Vikings after they took him in the third round in 2015 out of LSU. The 29-year-old pass-rusher has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons and in four of the last five years. He had a career-high 83 tackles (54 solo), a career-high 16.5 sacks, a league-high 23 tackles for loss, 22 QB hits and four forced fumbles in 17 starts for Minnesota in 2023. Hunter finished as a top-five defensive lineman in IDP fantasy leagues last year and will now join forces with Will Anderson Jr. to give Houston's pass rush an even bigger boost.

    Mar 12 · Source via Houston Texans Minnesota Vikings Danielle Hunter Will Anderson
  • Sam Darnold Expected To Sign With Vikings

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    Free-agent quarterback Sam Darnold is expected to sign with the Minnesota Vikings when the new league year begins on Wednesday, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. He will ink a one-year, $10 million deal. The Vikings just lost veteran franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins to the Atlanta Falcons, so Darnold could have the chance to earn a few starts in 2024. Minnesota could be eyeing a rookie quarterback in next month's NFL Draft, but Darnold could serve as a bridge quarterback as they ease a rookie into action. The former No. 3 overall pick by the New York Jets has thrown for 12,064 yards, 63 touchdowns, and 56 interceptions during his six-year NFL career. He was Brock Purdy's backup in San Francisco last season. Although he's not on the single-QB fantasy radar, he could be worth rostering in two-QB or Superflex leagues early next season.

    Mar 12 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Sam Darnold
  • Aaron Jones Joining Vikings

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    Former Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones is staying in the NFC North, as he is set to sign a one-year, $7 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings. Jones was released by the Packers after they landed former Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs. The 29-year-old dealt with injuries last year and was limited to 656 rushing yards and 233 receiving yards to go along with three total touchdowns. However, he dominated in the playoffs, posting 39 carries for 226 yards (5.6 YPC) and three touchdowns in two games. He still has plenty of juice, and he should be set up to be the featured back with the Vikings. However, the offense could be headed for steep regression after losing franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins to the Atlanta Falcons.

    Mar 12 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Green Bay Packers Aaron Jones
  • Vikings Interested In Aaron Jones

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    The Minnesota Vikings are now interested in running back Aaron Jones after the Green Bay Packers released him on Monday. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Packers wanted Jones to take a 50 percent pay cut, if not more, entering the final year of his deal in 2024. Jones signed a four-year, $48 million extension in March of 2021, and the 29-year-old took a $5 million pay cut last year. He missed some time with injuries in 2023, but when he was on the field, he ran for 584 yards (5.7 yards per carry) over the final five games of the team's season in the regular season and playoffs. The stretch included a three-touchdown game against the Cowboys in the wild-card round. The Vikings need both RB help and a new quarterback after releasing Alexander Mattison and watching Kirk Cousins sign with the Falcons on Monday, so Jones could be a nice fit in their backfield and would two revenge games against the Packers.

    Mar 11 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Aaron Jones
  • Browns Agree To Two-Year Deal With Jordan Hicks

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    The Cleveland Browns agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal on Monday with former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jordan Hicks. The tackling machine comes to Cleveland after spending the last two years with the Vikings, the last of which saw him pick up 107 tackles (61 solo), a sack, one interception, five passes defensed, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) in 13 starts. Hicks will be a strong addition to an already strong Browns defense and should be on the fantasy radar as a linebacker streamer in IDP formats. The 31-year-old veteran was a former third-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 out of Texas and has had 100-plus combined tackles in five straight seasons, showing just how reliable his floor is for tackles in fantasy formats.

    Mar 11 · Source via Cleveland Browns Minnesota Vikings Jordan Hicks
  • Lions Agree To Terms With Marcus Davenport

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    The Detroit Lions agreed to terms with free-agent defensive end Marcus Davenport (ankle) on an undisclosed one-year deal on Monday, according to sources. The former first-round pick (14th overall) of the New Orleans Saints in 2018 out of Texas-San Antonio spent last year with the division-rival Minnesota Vikings and produced just seven combined tackles and two sacks in four games (three starts) due to a high-ankle sprain. The 27-year-old pass-rusher is going to be forced to prove himself yet again to see if he can stay healthy for a full season, something he's never been able to do in six NFL seasons. In a career-high 15 contests in 2022 in his final season with the Saints, Davenport was only able to produce 29 tackles (16 solo) and half a sack, so anything the Lions are able to get out of him will be a plus in 2024.

    Mar 11 · Source via Detroit Lions Minnesota Vikings Marcus Davenport
  • Andrew Van Ginkel Agrees With Vikings

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    Former Miami Dolphins linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel agreed to terms on Monday on a two-year deal for $20 million with the Minnesota Vikings, according to his agents, Drew Rosenhaus and Ryan Mathan. The deal includes $14 million guaranteed. Van Ginkel heads to Minnesota after five years in Miami, where he recorded a total of 250 tackles (156 solo) and 17 sacks in 73 games played (42 starts). He had 69 tackles (42 solo), a career-high six sacks, eight tackles for loss, 19 QB hits, an interception returned for a touchdown, eight passes defensed and a fumble recovery in 17 regular-season games (11 starts) in 2023. While not exactly on the IDP fantasy radar entering the 2024 campaign, Van Ginkel should definitely have a starting role in his new digs next season.

    Mar 11 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Miami Dolphins Andrew Van Ginkel
  • Vikings Sign Blake Cashman

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    The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent linebacker Blake Cashman to a three-year deal worth up to $25.5 million on Monday, according to his agent, Blake Baratz. It's a big deal for the Minnesota native, who grew up in Eden Prairie and played for the Minnesota Gophers. Cashman cashes in on free agency after a career year for the Houston Texans in 2023 in which he recorded a career-high 106 tackles (56 solo), two sacks, nine tackles for loss, five QB hits, his first career interception, five passes defensed and a fumble recovery in 14 games (13 starts). The 27-year-old's boost in production came as the Texans moved him from outside linebacker to middle linebacker due to injuries in the middle of their defense. For fantasy purposes, there should be better linebackers with higher ceilings to choose from than Cashman in IDP setups.

    Mar 11 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Houston Texans Blake Cashman
  • Jonathan Greenard Signing Four-Year Deal With Vikings

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    Free-agent edge rusher Jonathan Greenard is signing a four-year, $76 million deal that includes $42 million guaranteed with the Minnesota Vikings. The 26-year-old broke out with the Houston Texans last season, posting career-highs in tackles (52), sacks (12.5), and run-stuffs (nine). The Vikings are expected to lose Danielle Hunter, so Greenard helps make up for the potential departure. The Vikings could be headed into rebuild mode after the loss of franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins.

    Mar 11 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Jonathan Greenard
  • Vikings To Go After Sam Darnold?

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    The Athletic's Dianna Russini writes that we should look for the Minnesota Vikings to go after free-agent quarterback Sam Darnold after former QB Kirk Cousins joined the Atlanta Falcons in free agency on Monday. Darnold has other suitors on the open market, but perhaps none more desperate than the Vikings right now. The former first-round pick spent the 2023 season as the San Francisco 49ers' backup to Brock Purdy, and he ended up going 28-for-46 for 297 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in 10 games played (one start). The 26-year-old looked much more comfortable with the Niners in limited action last year, but that doesn't mean he'll improve at all in a different organization if he's forced into a starting role for the Vikings in 2024. However, he would be in a strong situation with one of the best receivers in the game in Justin Jefferson.

    Mar 11 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Sam Darnold
  • Kirk Cousins Signing Four-Year Deal With Falcons

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    Free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) is signing a four-year, $180 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons, according to Ari Meirov of the 33rd Team. Cousins is recovering from a torn Achilles that knocked him out of the 2023 season early, but it didn't affect his value on the open market. The four-time Pro Bowler joins a roster with several young rising weapons, including running back Bijan Robinson, tight end Kyle Pitts, and receiver Drake London. He has passed for at least 4,000 yards in seven NFL seasons, so he should provide a nice value boost for his new supporting cast. The move means the Minnesota Vikings will be in search of a new starting quarterback, while the Falcons are likely to become the clear favorites in the weak NFC South.

    Mar 11 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Minnesota Vikings Kirk Cousins
  • Kirk Cousins To Test Free Agency

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    According to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero, impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) is expected to test the market when free agency opens on Monday. However, both Cousins and the Vikings will "remain in communication." The four-time Pro-Bowler has had an efficient career. In 150 regular season appearances, he's thrown for 39,471 yards, 270 touchdowns, and 110 interceptions. He's also completed nearly 70% of his tosses. While the 35-year-old has been one of the league's most durable signal-callers over the years, he was limited to just eight games last season because of a torn Achilles. That said, teams will take a chance by signing Cousins, considering he's coming off a devastating injury. His age also may make other organizations look in another direction. But Cousins, a quality fantasy quarterback since his days in Washington, should have at least a few more solid years left in the tank. With that in mind, his fantasy outlook will be contingent on where he's playing during the 2024-25 campaign, although he may be the most productive by staying in Minnesota.

    Mar 10 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Kirk Cousins
  • Johnny Mundt Staying In Minnesota

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    According to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, tight end Johnny Mundt has agreed to a new deal with the Vikings. The 29-year-old began his career with the Rams but spent the last two years in Minnesota. In 79 regular season games, he amassed 46 catches for 405 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, that type of production won't earn him a place on most fantasy rosters, considering his presence is more crucial as a member of the special teams unit.

    Mar 8 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Johnny Mundt
  • Texans, Vikings On Radar For DT Christian Wilkins

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    Making it past the franchise tag application deadline, Christian Wilkins is days away from becoming one of this year’s top free agents. The interior defensive lineman’s 2023 bet on himself appears close to paying off. With the Ravens franchise-tagging Justin Madubuike, Wilkins will have a big opportunity ahead. If the Chiefs can re-sign Chris Jones […]

    Mar 8 · Pro Football Rumors Houston Texans Minnesota Vikings Miami Dolphins Christian Wilkins
  • Kirk Cousins Seriously Considering The Falcons

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    According to very credible sources, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) is seriously considering moving his family to Atlanta so that he can play for the Falcons. Unless Cousins re-signs with the Vikings by next Wednesday, March 13, he'll become an unrestricted free agent. The Falcons have always been the top alternative to the Vikings for Cousins. His wife, Julie, grew up in nearby Alpharetta, Georgia, and her parents still live there. Minnesota wants to keep Cousins around, but only at their price, and they seem to think he won't get a better deal elsewhere. Cousins is now 35 years old and is coming off a torn Achilles last season, so it remains to be seen how much he has left in the tank, but a move to Atlanta would give him a strong running game with Bijan Robinson and some interesting receiving targets in Drake London and Kyle Pitts.

    Mar 5 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Atlanta Falcons Kirk Cousins
  • Dean Lowry Could Be Cut By Vikings

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    The Athletic's Alec Lewis mentions defensive lineman Dean Lowry as a cut candidate for the Minnesota Vikings this offseason. The team doesn't have a ton of obvious candidates to cut this year like they did last offseason, when they cut receiver Adam Thielen, linebacker Eric Kendricks and running back Dalvin Cook, among others. They could save on the salary cap by releasing defensive tackle Harrison Phillips and cornerback Byron Murphy Jr., but they might need both players in 2024. Lowry is the most obvious choice, especially since the 29-year-old only played in nine games in 2023 due to a pectoral injury. When he was healthy, he made a minimal impact for Minnesota on defense. Cutting Lowry would save the Vikings around $2 million.

    Mar 4 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Dean Lowry
  • Commanders An Option For Kirk Cousins?

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    ESPN's Adam Schefter said on The Pat McAfee Show on Monday that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) has the Vikings and the Atlanta Falcons as his primary two options if he becomes a free agent next week, but Schefter also mentions the Washington Commanders as a possibility. Schefter also believes that the Commanders are open to anything with the No. 2 overall pick in the first round of April's draft and could be open to moving back. If Cousins goes to Atlanta, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Vikings try to move up in the first round of the draft to select a rookie signal-caller. Cousins spent the first six years of his NFL career in D.C., so it would be a homecoming if he returned to the Commanders in 2024 and beyond. A move back to Washington would be intriguing from a fantasy perspective.

    Mar 4 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Washington Commanders Kirk Cousins
  • Falcons Prefer Kirk Cousins To Justin Fields?

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    The team most closely tied to a veteran QB upgrade going into free agency, the Falcons appear readier to come out of this offseason with a more experienced passer than Justin Fields. Although a recent odds update placed the Falcons atop the list for Fields, some around the league believe the Rams-influenced scheme OC Zac […]

    Mar 4 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Chicago Bears Atlanta Falcons Kirk Cousins Justin Fields
  • Vikings Trying To Re-Sign OLB Danielle Hunter

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    The Vikings have a lot of different priorities to focus on this offseason with both quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receiver Justin Jefferson hoping for new contracts, but that hasn’t stopped them from discussing another possible deal that they’d like to see done. According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Minnesota is making an effort to re-sign […]

    Mar 4 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Danielle Hunter
  • Vikings Making An Effort To Re-Sign Danielle Hunter

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    The Minnesota Vikings have made an effort to re-sign edge rusher Danielle Hunter. He had 16.5 sacks last season and has 27 total sacks over the last two years, so he could be the top edge rusher on the market this offseason and would likely generate interest from multiple teams. Most of Minnesota's attention has been focused on find out whether they can keep quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles), but Hunter also deserves a lot of focus. Most teams are expecting Hunter to at least be searching for a pretty massive price range for his next deal, something well north of $20 million per season. The 29-year-old's production has matched it, as he has averaged 14 sacks in his past four healthy seasons. Assuming good health, Hunter should be a weekly starting defensive lineman in IDP fantasy leagues, regardless of where he's playing in 2024.

    Mar 3 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Danielle Hunter
  • Kirk Cousins Not Willing To Give Vikings A Discount?

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    ESPN's Dan Graziano writes that the sense he's getting is that the Minnesota Vikings want impending quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) to return, but Cousins has a very specific idea in mind for what he wants in a new contract, and the Vikings so far have not made an offer that matches it. Cousins and his family like Minnesota and would be happy to stay and finish his career there, but it doesn't sound like he's willing to offer the team a hometown discount. If the Vikings don't sign him to an extension before the final four years of his contract void on March 12, they will carry a $28.5 million dead-money charge on their salary cap this year and Cousins will be on the open market for the second time in his career. If he reaches free agency, several teams are expected to be interested in the veteran signal-caller despite coming off a torn Achilles last year, including the Atlanta Falcons.

    Mar 3 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Kirk Cousins
  • Falcons Interested In Kirk Cousins

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    The Atlanta Falcons are clearly seeking a quarterback upgrade this offseason over Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke. Some folks think they may be the favorites to trade for Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields, but ESPN's Adam Schefter also says they are interested in Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins (Achilles), despite the fact he tore his right Achilles on Oct. 29 and is 35 years old. Cousins has made encouraging progress from the injury, though, and expects to be ready for organized team activities and minicamp this spring. Despite his age and injury, he's expected to be the best available option on the free-agent market, and he'd certainly be an upgrade over Ridder/Heinicke with a strong RB in place in Bijan Robinson and intriguing receiving options in Drake London and Kyle Pitts. Still, Cousins' fantasy value will likely remain the highest as a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 if he stays in Minnesota.

    Mar 2 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Kirk Cousins
  • Vikings To Release RB Alexander Mattison

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    Re-signed during Dalvin Cook‘s extended goodbye last year, Alexander Mattison will join his former teammate in free agency. The Vikings are planning to release Mattison. The team has informed its primary 2023 starting running back he will be cut, ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter tweets. Minnesota gave Mattison a two-year, $7MM deal that came nearly fully guaranteed. […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Ty Chandler Alexander Mattison
  • Ty Chandler Now Vikings No. 1 Running Back

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    After the release of running back Alexander Mattison on Thursday, Minnesota Vikings running back Ty Chandler is the team's starter at the position. After the release of Dalvin Cook, Mattison operated as Minnesota's lead back in 2023, taking 180 carries for 700 yards and no rushing touchdowns. Chandler, a former fifth-round pick in 2022, served as a complementary back and saw 102 rushing attempts for 461 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and three rushing scores, adding 21 receptions for 159 additional yards in his second season. The 25-year-old was more efficient than Mattison and should have a bigger role in Minnesota's backfield in 2024, but the Vikings will likely look to add to their RB through the offseason, through either the draft or free agency, or both.

    Mar 1 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Ty Chandler
  • Vikings Releasing Alexander Mattison

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    The Minnesota Vikings informed running back Alexander Mattison on Thursday that they are releasing him, according to a source. Mattison took over in 2023 for Dalvin Cook as Minnesota's primary running back and ran for a career-high 700 yards on 180 carries (3.9 yards per carry) and no touchdowns while adding 30 catches on 44 targets for 192 yards and three receiving scores in 16 games. The 25-year-old will head back to the free-agent market this offseason, but this time he won't be returning to the Vikings. It was clear early on that Mattison wasn't the answer for the Vikes' running game, as he was often stuffed behind the line of scrimmage and lacked any kind of consistent burst. After his 2023 showing, his fantasy stock has plummeted, and he'll likely be in some sort of timeshare in 2024 wherever he lands.

    Feb 29 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Alexander Mattison
  • Latest On Vikings, QB Kirk Cousins

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    The Vikings’ latest negotiations with Kirk Cousins are coming down to the wire. The team’s exclusive negotiating rights with the veteran passer expire March 11, with March 13 serving as a more significant date due to dead money. Communication continues. Kevin O’Connell indicated during an interview with KFAN radio (via the New York Post’s Ryan […]

    Feb 28 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Kirk Cousins
  • Vikings Have "No Intent" To Trade Justin Jefferson

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    The Vikings made a late push to extend Justin Jefferson last offseason, and while both sides made it clear that they were fine with tabling talks until this year, that hasn’t stopped pundits from speculating on a potential divorce. Head coach Kevin O'Connell was quick to dismiss those rumors, stating during an appearance on PFT […]

    Feb 27 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Justin Jefferson
  • Vikings Hire Josh McCown As QBs Coach

    Known for making a few team jumps during his lengthy quarterback career, Josh McCown has landed a second gig as a quarterbacks coach in as many years. The Vikings hired McCown as their quarterbacks coach, the team announced Tuesday. This comes months after the Panthers fired him in the wake of Frank Reich‘s early dismissal. […]

    Feb 27 · Pro Football Rumors Coaching Carousel Minnesota Vikings
  • Josh McCown Named Vikings Quarterbacks Coach

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    The Minnesota Vikings announced former NFL quarterback Josh McCown as the team's quarterbacks coach. McCown spent 18 seasons in the NFL as a player, totaling 17,731 passing yards, 98 passing touchdowns, and 82 interceptions. The 2023 season was his first year as an NFL coach, serving as Bryce Young's quarterbacks coach in Carolina. The Vikings are expected to bring back Kirk Cousins ahead of the 2024 season, but if they choose to draft a signal-caller in April's draft, McCown could be tasked with helping mentor a rookie once again.

    Feb 27 · Source via Coaching Carousel Minnesota Vikings Kirk Cousins
  • Vikings Looking To Re-Sign Kirk Cousins

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    Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell said the team wants to re-sign impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles). "I think Kirk Cousins wants to be a Viking, and we're gonna work to make that happen," O'Connell said. Cousins, who has been encouraged by his progress from a torn right Achilles that he suffered in late October of last year, will be a big offseason topic. The 35-year-old signal-caller should be ready to go by training camp this summer for whichever team he's playing for, barring a setback in his recovery. Right now, the Vikings feel like the favorites to retain Cousins, but there will surely be a handful of teams angling to outbid Minnesota for his services. For the fantasy picture, Cousins' value would remain the highest if he stays with the Vikings and All-Pro receiver Justin Jefferson.

    Feb 27 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Kirk Cousins
  • Vikings Not Looking To Trade Justin Jefferson

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    Minnesota Vikings All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson has been the subject of social-media chatter lately as a potential trade candidate this offseason, but general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah said the idea of trading Jefferson is "not something that has once crossed my mind." The speculation is coming this offseason because of the fact that the two sides haven't been able to work out a long-term extension yet. The 24-year-old made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons in the league before playing in a career-low 10 games in 2023 due to injury. But Jefferson still managed his fourth straight 1,000-yard season despite his injury. While he'll remain an elite WR1 in fantasy heading into drafts this fall, whether quarterback Kirk Cousins re-signs in free agency will be a major talking point as it relates to Jefferson this offseason.

    Feb 27 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Justin Jefferson
  • Kirk Cousins Showing Encouraging Progress

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    Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) is showing encouraging progress four months after having surgery to fix his torn right Achilles. Cousins posted a video on social media on Monday of him dropping back and throwing passes. The 35-year-old veteran signal-caller is on track in his progress and expects to be able to take part in organized team activities this spring. The big question, though, is where he'll end up this offseason. Will the Vikings make an effort to bring him back, or will he go elsewhere to a new organization. Where Cousins ultimately ends up and how much progress he's made from his Achilles tear will help shape his fantasy value for the upcoming 2024 season. Cousins' fantasy value will most likely be the highest if he stays in Minnesota.

    Feb 26 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Kirk Cousins
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