Good afternoon, football fans. Let's get right to it.
Ha. No, this was my idea actually, and I can promise we'll chat for longer than five minutes.
I don't think Shorts is anything more than an average receiver. The decent numbers he put up in Jacksonville were the result of there being no one else to throw to. But I could see the Vikings signing a guy like and adding a wide receiver in the draft to improve the competition at that position.
Bob, the big domino is Adrian Peterson, and we are going to be waiting a while for that to drop. He is eligible to return from suspension on April 15. In the meantime, the Vikings can't really talk to him about restructuring, though there could be some communication through back channels. The football side of the organization wants him back, but will Adrian be willing to re-do his deal to stick around here? I'm not sure about that. Either way, I think the Vikings will draft a running back. GM Rick Spielman recently remarked that it is a good class this year. Of course, if they know Adrian won't be back, it will become a much higher priority.
His track record speaks for itself. While he doesn't have a Super Bowl ring to show for it, he has built consistent winners and brought stability to organizations. He should do the same with the Bears. As for Cutler, his time in Chicago could be running out. If he doesn't buy in to what Fox is selling, he could be good next offseason. It's a whole new regime with no ties to Cutler.
I saw that he remarked recently that he hopes to retire with the Vikings. That kind of goes without saying. While I'm sure he was initially bummed out that the Vikings didn't bring him back, I doubt he is worrying about it this week as he prepares for his first Super Bowl. I'm sure when he does retire, the Vikings will make that ceremonial gesture happen. After all, what would it hurt?
Brandon, those are three of the biggest needs. I can't tell you exactly who they are targeting. The biggest wide receiver on the market is Demaryius Thomas. I doubt he is coming here. The top guard is Mike Iupati. He appears to be a bit, but keep in mind that the team already has a lot of money tied up in the offensive line. There aren't any great free agents at middle linebacker. Just some serviceable veterans.
That is one of the biggest needs, sure. The Vikings were not pleased with how Charlie Johnson played this year, and he is expected to be released. I could see the Vikings trying to find a veteran to plug in that spot in free agency and potentially drafting a guard as well. David Yankey could also be in the mix, though he could not get on the field as a rookie, in part because he wasn't physically strong enough.
Justin, I know it sounds cliched, but the NFL draft really is all about value and trying to take the best or one of the best players available. I think you go into a draft hoping to take care of a couple of positions early, but you have to go with the flow. That being said, corner and wide receiver are two positions where the Vikings could go. Round 1 is probably too early to take a guard or a running back, unless you're sure they can be All-Pro types. Safety and middle linebacker are also areas they need to hit, though I'm sure Mike Zimmer is confident he could coach you and me into starters with a little bit of time.
I've already laid out some of the needs, but I'll get them all right here. Rick Spielman recently remarked that the team has identified eight positions that they need to address this offseason. My best guess at those eight positions (in no order): RB, WR, OT, OG, DE, MLB, CB, S. They also need to add competition at punter.
My sense is that the bigger issue is his contract. While there will be sponsors/fans who probably don't want to see Adrian back, he went through the legal system and is now serving his NFL suspension. What more do you want the guy to do?
I have no idea how to answer this question.
I haven't seen a ton of him, but it looks like he is going to go in the middle rounds. He's probably not going to run a great 40-yard dash, and that might hurt his stock a little bit, but he is a tough kid and a physical runner who could definitely be a part of a backfield committee, including the one here. Folks were raving about him at the Senior Bowl.
I think it is a little overblown. Pun intended.
Bill, don't know who the starting running back will be. Could be Peterson. Could be a rookie. Could be a draft pick. Could be a veteran FA. As I said earlier, the Peterson domino needs to fall before we get clarity there. As for Greenway, that's up in the air as well. His cap hit is going to be above $8 million, which is simply too much for him at this point in his career. He wants to finish his career with the Vikings and he said he is willing to take another pay cut, but he will have his limits. I hope he and the Vikings can find middle ground, because he is a great guy to deal with and he is a good example for all the young guys in that locker room.
There have been multiple reports that he will join the Colts, including one from Adam Schefter. And while someone I spoke with cautioned that nothing is official yet, it's pretty telling that Duron was retweeting folks congratulating him for joining the Colts. I think it's safe to say he isn't coming here.
I don't think he will have much trade value. He's going to be 30 this upcoming season, his cap figures are astronomical and there is all the off-the-field PR baggage. I'm sure any team that traded for him would want to re-do his deal, but that's a lot of checks against him. And that's not even including the fact teams may be expecting the Vikings to release him. So while I still think Peterson can play at a high level next year, I don't think the Vikings could get anything more than a Day 3 pick for him. I could be wrong, though. After all, there are some foolish teams out there, and you just named two of them.
The Cowboys will tag him. But let's say he (or Demaryius Thomas) hits the open market, what makes you think one of them will want to come here? I know money talks, but it's not like they won't have a bunch of other suitors.
We all get vacation time. I was just back home in Pittsburgh a couple of weeks ago. The three of us just split up our vacation time so that at least one of us is watching the beat at all times.
I don't know what that means.
Hi, BoBo. And no, I don't agree. Still a few steps away from getting there, but I never say never in the NFL...
He is still under contract. As I wrote a few questions ago, the team could choose to release him to create cap room. But he is still under contract, so not a free agent.