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2016 Schedule
8-8, 3rd in NFC North
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Is Peterson worth $18M payout? (1:44)

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Spielman said he did a draft study on offensive linemen dating back to 2005, and found "most of the guys that become successful are going to get drafted early in the draft." He added, "It's a much lower percentage of hitting on offensive linemen in rounds 4 through 7." Spielman said he though John Sullivan and Brandon Fusco -- a pair of former sixth-round picks -- "were pretty good finds on the third day of the draft."

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Vikings, Peterson have not talked $18M option

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says the team and Adrian Peterson have not spoken about the running back's contract for the 2017 season.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said there is still "no timetable" on when Teddy Bridgewater could return from his torn ACL and dislocated left knee, adding Bridgewater is continuing with the rehab process and not doing football activities yet. He said it's "totally unfair" to put a timetable on Bridgewater. Will the quarterback play again? "We're hoping," Spielman said.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team has not talked to Adrian Peterson or his agent about his contract yet, adding that will likely happen at the combine. But no matter what happens, Spielman said, Peterson "will always be a Minnesota Viking."

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings made a strong push for former Browns cornerback K'Waun Williams, who signed with the 49ers tonight, but Williams' familiarity with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley helped put San Francisco over the top. Especially as Williams returns from an ankle injury, his prior relationship with the 49ers' staff weighed into his decision.

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9dPro Football Focus

Vikings should sign Whitworth

Minnesota needs plenty of help on its offensive line, and tackle Andrew Whitworth would be a solid start.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Darrell Hazell, the former Purdue head coach who will be the Vikings' new wide receivers coach, had no previous connection to anyone on the coaching staff, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said. As the Vikings were interviewing candidates, however, Hazell's credentials as a teacher helped him stick out. Before working as the head coach at Purdue and Kent State, Hazell had coached receivers like Santonio Holmes and Ted Ginn at Ohio State.

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Is AP aiming to replace Jennings on Giants? (1:41)
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Where will Adrian Peterson play in 2017?

That $18 million cap hit has some of our Insiders thinking Peterson's time with the Vikings could come to an end. Might the Giants, Packers or Lions make a run at him?

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11dBen Goessling

Vikings have a decision to make on Adam Thielen

Minnesota native Adam Thielen has made his mark with the Vikings. He was their leading receiver in 2016, and soon he'll be a restricted free agent.

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11dBill Barnwell

Barnwell's 5 NFC North moves: The Bears' QB options

Jay Cutler and Adrian Peterson could be on the move, while the Lions should be looking to extend Ezekiel Ansah. Here are five immediate offseason moves to improve every NFC North team.

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Vikings wise to move on from AP? (0:55)
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12dMike Sando

Continuity Rankings: Vikings dealt a curveball

Up until this tumultuous season that saw them scramble to replace Teddy Bridgewater and switch offensive coordinators mid-season, the Vikings were among the NFL's best for roster continuity.

Team Stats

Passing Yards239.818th
Rushing Yards75.332nd
Points For20.423rd
Points Against19.26th