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Michael Jenkins joins the Vikings

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It looks like we can forget about all the rumors tying James Jones or Braylon Edwards to the Vikings. At least for now.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Michael Jenkins signed a three-year deal with Minnesota.  It’s a natural fit because new Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was in Atlanta with Jenkins.

The Vikings say they are keeping Bernard Berrian, so they apparently wanted to add a trusty possession receiver and terrific run-blocker out wide rather than a huge playmaker.  We still wouldn’t be shocked if the Vikings sniff around other wideouts, but they would have to dump Berrian to make a move.

Jenkins averaged 48 catches over the last four years but rarely was a big difference maker. At this point, Donovan McNabb will look towards Percy Harvin, Berrian, and Jenkins as his top three wideouts.

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  1. sportsbastard says: Jul 30, 2011 6:29 PM

    Troy Williamson part deux…

  2. firerogergoodell says: Jul 30, 2011 6:29 PM

    Very disappointed Vikings fan. This is not going to help catch up to the Eagles.

  3. andyreidisfat says: Jul 30, 2011 6:31 PM

    Man i don’t get Berrian he was so good in college at Fresno St. and looked really promising as a deep threat in chicago. Perhaps a guy like DMac who does still throw one of the better Deep balls in the NFL can bring out the talent that young man has.

    Also with this looking to be it for them at WR I hope for Donny’s sake Harvin is doing better this season with his migrains, I know how hard they can be to deal with.

  4. ace1716 says: Jul 30, 2011 6:32 PM

    FAIL!!!

  5. pnut87 says: Jul 30, 2011 6:32 PM

    Guess Matt Ryan can go back to his college number now.

  6. greengob1in says: Jul 30, 2011 6:32 PM

    firerogergoodell says:
    Jul 30, 2011 6:29 PM
    Very disappointed Vikings fan. This is not going to help catch up to the Eagles.

    The Eagles already crossed the finish line…

  7. shadowgm1 says: Jul 30, 2011 6:37 PM

    Whew! Good thing they were able to get a playmaker to replace Sidney Rice. Thought Braylon Edwards was destined to go there as of last Wednesday. Just good to see the level of talent on players willing to sign there still remains high.

  8. hokahknow says: Jul 30, 2011 6:38 PM

    Wow!! This group of receivers will really take away the 8 man fronts.

  9. jjestes32 says: Jul 30, 2011 6:40 PM

    Troy Williamson? I think you have Mike Jenkins confused with someone…although who, we shall never know.

    I will always love Jenks for catching Matty Ice’s first TD pass for 62 yards. Great times, miss you Jenkins, but we have Julio now.

  10. medtxpack says: Jul 30, 2011 6:40 PM

    I guess the Vikings read PFT comment and jsut couldnt deal with the backlash of signing abouther Packer. haha

    i still woulda signed James Jones over Jenkins….

  11. reptar24 says: Jul 30, 2011 6:41 PM

    Poop.

  12. c1d7 says: Jul 30, 2011 6:41 PM

    firerogergoodell says:
    Jul 30, 2011 6:29 PM
    Very disappointed Vikings fan. This is not going to help catch up to the Eagles.

    ______________________________
    I’m with you I’m very upset as well but I think we should worry more about the defending champions and the rest of the tough NFC North division than the Eagles…..

  13. wamj2008 says: Jul 30, 2011 6:42 PM

    “Very disappointed Vikings fan. This is not going to help catch up to the Eagles.”

    ———————-

    You need to worry about the Packers, Lions, and Bears first.

  14. spartytime says: Jul 30, 2011 6:42 PM

    vikes are still gonna finish last in NFCN..

    1) Pack
    2) Da Bears
    3) Lions
    4) Vikes

  15. garyman1 says: Jul 30, 2011 6:43 PM

    Sidney Rice – OUT
    Michael Jenkins – IN

    Can’t see how that improves the Vikings at all.

  16. goawayeverybody says: Jul 30, 2011 6:45 PM

    Things that make you go “Hmmmm……”

  17. packercpa says: Jul 30, 2011 6:46 PM

    wamj2008 – I was going to say the same thing. You haven’t caught up to the Lions yet.

  18. gjallehorn says: Jul 30, 2011 6:47 PM

    With the vets, and the fresh young talent the Vikings have been grooming, they will be just fine.

  19. teal379 says: Jul 30, 2011 6:50 PM

    Jones must be pricing himself out of everyone’s market or people have seen his tape. Dude dropps balls at the WORST possible times.

    As this continues – he just might be back in GB.

  20. vjjets says: Jul 30, 2011 6:52 PM

    As a jet fan I laugh in your face Braylon Edwards. Wanting top receiver money when you weren’t one here in NY. Now go and tweet about that buddy

  21. andyreidisfat says: Jul 30, 2011 6:53 PM

    I dunno man at this point if everyone stayed Healthy you gotta be looking forward to Eagles vs PAckers in the NFC ship !

    The Eagles have signed everyone whos good and the PAckers got about the same haul of guys coming off their own IR. I think Both Teams are about equal with the Pack having the better QB and birds having the better defensive backs. And they both have Matthews who i think will both win DPOY awards Clay with the big one and Casey with DROY. Either way its going to be fun !

  22. deadmanwalking47 says: Jul 30, 2011 6:55 PM

    greengob1in says: Jul 30, 2011 6:32 PM

    firerogergoodell says:
    Jul 30, 2011 6:29 PM
    Very disappointed Vikings fan. This is not going to help catch up to the Eagles.

    The Eagles already crossed the finish line…

    the eagles have’nt done anything yet,much less win a superbowl! the game is’nt played on paper you know!

  23. rcunningham says: Jul 30, 2011 6:55 PM

    Wow, what a horrible series of comments.

    1. Predicting Vikings to finish last in NFCN, oh man, what an amazing and shocking prediction that hasn’t been made yet, you guys should be on ESPN

    2. Jenkins is a solid, reliable receiver. Is he Sidney Rice? No, but he will help us out.

    3. The Lions are the biggest paper champs I’ve EVER seen. They are nothing but hype right now. I don’t doubt that can be successful this season but they’ve proven nothing. It’s funny how so many people mock the Vikings, but at least we’ve won more than 1 playoff game in 50 years and never went 0-16.

    4. Packers still suck :)

  24. realtimeeyes says: Jul 30, 2011 6:55 PM

    Troy Williamson was a total bust for the Steelers! and he made a bonehead play in the AFC championship game. Jenkins has been a solid pro. Maybe he hasn’t been what ATL expected but he hasn’t been a bust

  25. red513 says: Jul 30, 2011 6:56 PM

    They need to worry about defense: Williams Wall will be suspended for 1st 4 games, Leber is FA (and it doesn’t sound like he’s likely to be signed back), Madieu released, Edwards gone. Jared Allen can’t do it by himself. I know they signed Remi from the Saints, but I have a bad feeling about the Vikes this year.

  26. emmac13 says: Jul 30, 2011 6:56 PM

    I hope Braylon becomes a Bungle.

  27. goawayeverybody says: Jul 30, 2011 6:58 PM

    I’m loving the fact that everyone on the planet now has picked the Eagles to win the Super Bowl. It has me howling with laughter. No need to even have a season! Just give them the Lombardy right?

    But what so many people don’t understand is that you can add all the talent you want to a team, but there are two things that are more important:

    1. Coaching
    2. Chemistry

    Having said that, the Eagles will have a great season record and be one and done in the playoffs just like they always are.

  28. vikingdoode says: Jul 30, 2011 6:58 PM

    I would have liked Floyd but its a warm body.

  29. bgrayber says: Jul 30, 2011 7:00 PM

    Heck if he stays healthy he will probably post better #s that Rice will. Most people forget Rice was able to stay healthy only 1 year out of 4.

  30. 3octaveFart says: Jul 30, 2011 7:03 PM

    greengob1in says:
    Jul 30, 2011 6:32 PM

    “The Eagles already crossed the finish line…”

    Yeah, OK Rex.

  31. spartytime says: Jul 30, 2011 7:05 PM

    ok randall cunningham…

  32. moochzilla says: Jul 30, 2011 7:07 PM

    McNabb needs more weapons.

  33. teal379 says: Jul 30, 2011 7:10 PM

    moochzilla says:Jul 30, 2011 7:07 PM

    McNabb needs more weapons.
    ****************************

    McNabb needs to drop 15 lbs and 8 years of life so he can do something with weapons….

  34. paulharghis says: Jul 30, 2011 7:15 PM

    I honestly don’t know why anyone is suprised at this signing.

    It’s been out there for a long time that they were going to run All Day- all day, 2 TE sets and short crisp passing game.

    They have speed at this postion too- just not household names.

    Keep your eyes on Arceneaux.

  35. kmurph1226 says: Jul 30, 2011 7:16 PM

    Sign Michael Jenkins, don’t resign Sidney Rice.

    Makes sense….

  36. rcunningham says: Jul 30, 2011 7:19 PM

    spartytime says:
    Jul 30, 2011 7:05 PM
    ok randall cunningham…

    Assuming you’re talking to me, yes my name is inspired by Randall Cunningham. What of it?

  37. moochzilla says: Jul 30, 2011 7:20 PM

    teal, it’s a joke. Here is a glimpse into the future from the McNabb apologists:

    “I don’t see how a CLASSLESS management like the Vikings can totally DISRESPECT a CLASSY GUY like Donovan. After all, he has NO WEAPONS and has managed to make AWFUL TEAMMATES like Jenkins look decent. And the coach’s GAME PLAN IS AWFUL, as it doesn’t account for McNabb’s scrambling ability*. Oh, and his OFFENSIVE LINE IS TERRIBLE. Why can’t they surround him with a multi-dimensional back that can catch passes? Be careful what you wish for Vikes fans, because Ponder stinks.”

    Signed,

    ESPN and the McNabb Cool-Aid Drinkers

    *hasn’t been seen since 2005.

  38. brewdogg says: Jul 30, 2011 7:21 PM

    red513 says:
    Jul 30, 2011 6:56 PM
    They need to worry about defense: Williams Wall will be suspended for 1st 4 games, Leber is FA (and it doesn’t sound like he’s likely to be signed back), Madieu released, Edwards gone. Jared Allen can’t do it by himself. I know they signed Remi from the Saints, but I have a bad feeling about the Vikes this year.
    ————————————–

    Dude…. Pat was gone anyway, so his suspension matters how much? Madieu was released for a reason. Edwards was allowed to leave without a fight because the players behind him can give similar production. With the Remi signing, the only spot that worries me now more than last year is the SLB that Leber has been manning. There are still LBs out there (Kevin Burnett, Stephen Tulloch, Leroy Hill…) to sign, so I hope they make a move there. The D is not my concern….

  39. dogsweat1 says: Jul 30, 2011 7:24 PM

    Vikings can sign Michael Richards and it still won’t help.

    Packer Fans approve!!

  40. mediasloppy says: Jul 30, 2011 7:24 PM

    spartytime says:
    Jul 30, 2011 6:42 PM
    vikes are still gonna finish last in NFCN..

    1) Pack
    2) Da Bears
    3) Lions
    4) Vikes
    ————————
    You can’t stay on top forever.

  41. brewdogg says: Jul 30, 2011 7:25 PM

    And I’ll say it again….

    Andre Holmes

  42. thefoodrapist says: Jul 30, 2011 7:27 PM

    damnit, Steelers — rather have Jenkins than Burress

  43. jsrdc says: Jul 30, 2011 7:34 PM

    firerogergoodell, this signing won’t help you keep up with the Eagles? This signing won’t help you keep up with the Lions! Who are you fooling? Roy Williams will be dropping balls like dogs at a vet office on neuter day. Cutler is another Sallie who quits, and I don’t care who Mike Martz is, the only speed guy at WR has is Knox, and he can’t carry the team. Bears take a HUGE step back this year. WAY too much competition in the NFC. You heard it here first.

  44. coleman121280 says: Jul 30, 2011 7:36 PM

    Packer fans have been long known to eat cheese and drink the fine Milwaukee mudd butt while watching games…

    SKOL VIKINGS!

  45. plundergrunge says: Jul 30, 2011 7:38 PM

    Poor Donovan. The guy will never have good WR’s. The Eagles tried T.O. (possibly the only good WR he will ever have). They finally got Fraction Jackson and Maclin, but then showed him the door.

    McNabb didn’t know about tie games. Clearly the man is behind. He probably thought Rice was still there when he agreed to join the Vikings. I joke, but the guy will need more than Percy Harvin.

    Maybe my guy Kyle Rudolph will help out. Maybe.

  46. deconjonesbitchslap says: Jul 30, 2011 7:40 PM

    keep berrian, sign this below average receiver, and let rice go? i guess i should just get used to the vikings joining the gopher football team in the septic tank. move to LA already.

  47. bigred12 says: Jul 30, 2011 7:41 PM

    not enough. braylon or Jones, please.

  48. coolzog says: Jul 30, 2011 7:43 PM

    Very disappointed Vikings fan. This is not going to help catch up to the Eagles.

    The Eagles already crossed the finish line…
    _________________________________

    Finish line for what? The race to become the off-season champions? Last time I check you guys lost to a Joe Webb-led Vikings team so I wouldn’t be talking to much trash about our chances this year.

    Vikings are getting no respect but that’s ok. Bears overachieved last year like they do every few years, and they’ll go back to mediocrity this year. It’s the same old cycle. Lions are all hype and are pumped up that they managed to beat the vikings for just the 2nd time in over a decade last season. Packers are the champs and I’ll give them respect for their playoff run, but realistically they were just a 10-6 team last year and didn’t even win the division. I don’t think the Vikings are the pushovers everyone is expecting.

  49. cidman2001 says: Jul 30, 2011 7:49 PM

    Vikes should sign Plax and ditch Berrian…IMHO.

  50. prplvikes says: Jul 30, 2011 7:55 PM

    we shouldn’t have resigned rice. he was out for the money. if we paid him that kind of cash it would hurt the team.

  51. 28purple4mvp says: Jul 30, 2011 8:00 PM

    Keep your eyes on Arceneaux. Took the words right out of my mouth. Good reciever.

  52. hokahknow says: Jul 30, 2011 8:07 PM

    T.O. is still available. He had good numbers with Donovan even though he got in his face several times.

  53. 28allday says: Jul 30, 2011 8:20 PM

    Couple things:

    1. Jenkins is a great run blocker and great possession receiver. He is not here to be the down field threat many of you want him to be.

    2. Rice’s best year was also Brett favre’s. This was not a coincidence but a result of 50 percent favre, 30 Peterson and 20 rice.

    3. This is harvin’s time to shine. Yes, he will work out of the slot but Jenkins will too and this allows him to use his speed on intermediate crossing routes. Arceneaux/berrian will stretch it and 2 nice pass catching tight ends underneath.

    4. Be realistic. The pack are goona be tough to unseat, but the wildcard race is wide open. Vikes, saints, bears, cowboys and giants will all be fighting it out til week 17.

  54. kennyrogerschicken says: Jul 30, 2011 8:32 PM

    Neat.

  55. knew8411 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:34 PM

    I have read several posts in which writers are conceeding the confrence to the Eagles. Did anyone not learn from the Miami Heat. Season hasnt even strated & I’m already sick of hearing about how great the Eagles are.
    As a Vikings fan I too, am a bit dissapointed with the lack of my team to go and get some more proven producers. But with the salary cap issues they have, its understandable.
    I am puzzeled why Barrian, with his lack of production is still on the roster.
    Hopefully Speilman is reading this and will call me for consultation :)
    GOD Bless

  56. gdeli says: Jul 30, 2011 8:36 PM

    we’ll see. I’m with the vikes always but I reserve the right to LMAO at horrible plays, games. ha

  57. kw93 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:42 PM

    Harvin, Jenkins… Who is also a returner, Shank, Rudolph, Aromashodo… who is fast. and this guy: http://www.dailynorseman.com/2011/1/22/1950731/vikings-sign-cfl-wide-receiver-emmanuel-arceneaux-to-three-year-deal

  58. scoboscobs says: Jul 30, 2011 8:51 PM

    Vikings should really dump Berrian and his ridiculous price tag and pick up Malcom Floyd for roughly the same price. With our offensive line healthy again this year, we’d actually have a really good offense again if McNabb can pull it together.

  59. packerzman says: Jul 30, 2011 8:53 PM

    before all you Viking fans get all uppity and start talking smack and thumping your chest let me remind you of some undeniable facts…yes you’ll be better this year but so will the entire division (ok maybe not the Bears lol)..and there was a reason you had J. Webb playing QB last year..because your offensive line was abysmal in their pass protection and by the end of the season both brINT and Jackson were so beat up that you had no choice but to play Webb…your tackles couldnt block speed edge rushers if they had a gun and you’ll have the same Oline this coming year. Mcnabb will be an upgrade and unless your Oline can block better you might be better off getting recievers like Jenkins and Berrian as both of them are more adept at catching passes underneath then getting yards after catch. All things being equal its so much better talking football rather than lockouts!

  60. thegrey7 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:57 PM

    It’s a good move. Jenkins will be a quality possession receiver for McNabb, and compliment Harvin nicely. He doesn’t replace Sidney Rice, but it wasn’t worth it to keep Rice at the numbers he was demanding.

    Now, if they can just drop Barrian and pick up a replacement (Malcolm Floyd?) for him, the WR corps will be serviceable.

  61. rajbais says: Jul 30, 2011 9:13 PM

    Berrian, a “trustworthy possession receiver”???

    Just employ me if you’re gonna hire Rosenthal!!!

  62. fatfreddystubbs says: Jul 30, 2011 9:22 PM

    teal, it’s a joke. Here is a glimpse into the future from the McNabb apologists:

    “I don’t see how a CLASSLESS management like the Vikings can totally DISRESPECT a CLASSY GUY like Donovan. After all, he has NO WEAPONS and has managed to make AWFUL TEAMMATES like Jenkins look decent. And the coach’s GAME PLAN IS AWFUL, as it doesn’t account for McNabb’s scrambling ability*. Oh, and his OFFENSIVE LINE IS TERRIBLE. Why can’t they surround him with a multi-dimensional back that can catch passes? Be careful what you wish for Vikes fans, because Ponder stinks.”

    Signed,

    ESPN and the McNabb Cool-Aid Drinkers

    *hasn’t been seen since 2005.

    ————————————————–

    I could go into the multiple reasons why you’re stupid, but I’ll give you two. #1, it’s Kool Aid, with a “K”. I know the word is really spelled “cool”, but the product isn’t. but that’s not important. Now, for the reasons your little “I just repeat what Anthony Gargano tells me to” points are stupid as well, um, did you realize that the Eagles lost in the first round of the playoffs at home? Seriously, did you? On a bad interception with no time-outs left? You’re trying to prove that Donovan was the problem all along, but at least he actually won some games in the playoffs. How did vick do? Seriously, think for yourself and look at facts. I know it’s easier to listen to Philly talk-radio, but you just sound stupid.

  63. shelovesfootball says: Jul 30, 2011 9:45 PM

    Yea, but can he catch a ball when the smog obscures his vision in L.A.

  64. The Doctor says: Jul 30, 2011 9:48 PM

    We will run many 2 tight end sets, so there will only be 2 recievers on the field. More importantly, what are we going to do with our O-line?

  65. brewdogg says: Jul 30, 2011 11:14 PM

    Okay, let’s see if we can clear something up…. the best way to slow down edge rushers is to run inside of them. Bust a couple big runs to the inside of them and they will keep an eye to that gap. With Favre, every DE was teeing off to smack him. With a running game plan, they will have to play straight up. And aside form that, as a former lineman myself, I can tell you that the best way to get a line playing to their best is with good old fashioned power running, and that is what you will see a lot of from the Vikes this year.

  66. eyefeeler says: Jul 30, 2011 11:51 PM

    Vikings should sign Olin Kreutz. they’re going to need him instead of the 270 lb dude they have now

  67. macjacmccoy says: Jul 31, 2011 12:43 AM

    Donovan is 1 of the best at spreading the ball around. He was forced to be because how medial his receivers were early in his career. So if Berrian cant finally duplicate what he did in Chicago he never will.

    Unless of course he some how makes it to the Saints because no matter who you are Drew Brees will get you 500 yards. Alvin Harper would could put up a G with Brees as his qb. Actually the Saints probably already have a wr corps full of Alvin Harper’s. Its just that Brees is so good at what he does that even average receivers make big plays for the Saints because the defense never knows where hes going next.

    Brees you might be Berrian’s only hope if the doesnt improve in Minnesota or doesnt get the chance to and gets cut.

  68. prplvikes says: Jul 31, 2011 12:53 AM

    yes, would like to see something of an improvement on the O-line.

  69. kevinwi says: Jul 31, 2011 6:57 AM

    Jenkins is a solid, solid pick-up for the Vikings. His speed is not quick off the line, but when he hits stride, man can he move…and he has hands….I don’t get how he hasn’t had more balls thrown his way…(oh yeah…last year had 69 targets and zero drops). Maybe because he’s had some other good targets on his team like Roddy White, Michael Turner and Tony Gonzalez…..that will reduce your targets I’m sure.
    He is in NO way a replacement for Rice…but hell, one good year in four and you’re going to miss him that much? Don’t think so.

    Vikes may end up in the cellar. Who knows….we have a 1,2 punch of AP and Toby with musgrave’s run first offense. Two extremely talented TE in Shiancoe and new 6-6, 260lb Kyle Rudolph, for musgrave’s two tight end sets, Jenkins, Harvin, Arceneaux (a CFL standout WR) Berrian (who has never lived up to his potential) jaymar Johnson, and Camarillo…..
    Plus now we have a 5 time pro-bowl QB with 16 game playoff experience to run the offense while our #12 pick Rookie learns.
    We also have a pretty fair defense.
    How did the 6-10 Vikings do against the Eagles again last year with a Rookie QB starting his first game???hmmmm…oh yeah.
    Eagles have beefed up their defense…nothing more.

    Welcome to the team Jenkins. Vikes will be just fine.

  70. kevinwi says: Jul 31, 2011 7:10 AM

    I will also say this:
    Vikings D. Coord. gave the Packers the roadmap to beat Mike Vick last year. Blitz the hell out of him…he can’t find his targets fast enough. That is how u beat the Eagles.

  71. marv80 says: Jul 31, 2011 12:23 PM

    Just a solid receiver to me, remember D-mac worked with alot of garbage receivers and made them shine remember James Trash… oops I mean Thrash

  72. spartytime says: Jul 31, 2011 7:47 PM

    Actually Im a bears fan LOL. But im a realist not a blind homer

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