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Marcus Sherels returning to Vikings

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Cornerback Marcus Sherels took a visit with the Jets after free agency opened, but he won’t be taking his talents to New Jersey for the 2016 season.

On Friday night, Sherels confirmed that he’s re-signing with the Vikings on a two-year deal.

“I’m really happy to be staying,” Sherels told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “This is a great organization and it’s a lot of fun playing here. I’m excited to get back to work.”

The move allows Sherels to remain in the state he’s always called home. Sherels went to high school in Rochester, Minnesota, went to college at the University of Minnesota and has spent his entire NFL career with the Vikings. It will also allow the Vikings to hold onto a strong punt returner who has filled in on defense as a backup at various points during his six-year career.

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  1. ragnarthegreat says: Mar 12, 2016 8:48 AM

    great feel good story. Congrats Marcus, glad to have you staying!

  2. blairwalshisthenewrayfinkle says: Mar 12, 2016 8:50 AM

    What’s the difference between a Viking and a bag of crap? The bag.

  3. vikingforlife says: Mar 12, 2016 9:02 AM

    Well, Thank ODON and every VIKING GOD including soon to be anointed mighty Zim for not letting him go, as it would have been a mistake. I know guys have to look at their options, but I’m REALLY glad Marcus remembered how much the Vikings and the state of Minnesota means to him!!!
    GO VIKINGS, SKOL!!!!

  4. igocommando says: Mar 12, 2016 9:13 AM

    blairwalshisthenewrayfinkle says:
    Mar 12, 2016 8:50 AM
    What’s the difference between a Viking and a bag of crap? The bag.
    *********
    Actually, the difference is that the Vikings are NFCN Division champions and the bag would finish 2nd, just ahead of the packers.

  5. 250dollarnflowner says: Mar 12, 2016 9:26 AM

    Good news… He’s one of my favorite players. A special teams stud.

  6. sharrerwwonka22 says: Mar 12, 2016 9:30 AM

    Great special teams ace, and backup role player at cb. I’m sure he’s glad to stay, because there isn’t a better, more imposing team/defense out there right now that he would’ve been able to sign on with. I’d rather be a ST and backup player on a great defense who have their sights set on winning the super bowl this season, that be on an average team hoping to be .500 going forward.

  7. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 12, 2016 9:32 AM

    Can the bag make a 27 yard field goal?

    That might come in handy one day.

  8. lindacaseauthor says: Mar 12, 2016 9:38 AM

    I live in Rochester so I know how much Marcus means to this community, and his place on the Vikings is a great source of pride for us. Thinking he was leaving for NY was causing a great deal of distress. So happy he’s returning where he belongs. Go Rochester John Marshall HS!

  9. housemusic1200 says: Mar 12, 2016 9:38 AM

    blairwalshisthenewrayfinkle says:
    Mar 12, 2016 8:50 AM
    What’s the difference between a Viking and a bag of crap? The bag.

    ————————-

    Really? This is what you post in an article about a very good player staying home to play in his home state? This kinda sums up the current state of the Green Bay fan base. They don’t bring anything logical to the conversation. It’s always some sort of cheap childish dig at another team. They don’t give credit where credit is due, and since their team has a recent streak of getting dismissed from the post season (in epic fashion), they are very very butt hurt. Truly a sad state for such a storied franchise. Sad.

  10. h0metownzero says: Mar 12, 2016 9:46 AM

    Viking fans have never even sniffed a Lombardi trophy.

    They’re losers.

  11. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 12, 2016 9:59 AM

    packer fans would know, their entire state smells like it.

    but, yeah, we’re off to another offseason championship! what does that do anyway? just ya know, improve your win loss record year after year and almost upset the two time nfc champions. but, jordy nelson will fix everything, right…

  12. tokyogasblaster says: Mar 12, 2016 10:00 AM

    And another Vikings player of the packer wish list…

  13. golforepar says: Mar 12, 2016 10:01 AM

    Loyalty is more important than winning? smh

  14. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:04 AM

    Well Marcus, I hope they’re paying you well. Because you just signed up to never win a game that matters.

    >

  15. tokyogasblaster says: Mar 12, 2016 10:05 AM

    packer fans:we all know how you feel about this organization,you troll the Vikings thread like you’re life is depending on it,So just stay away okay.

  16. The Almighty Cabbage says: Mar 12, 2016 10:05 AM

    That’s not true, Zero. Three of them were arrested just last week, while mumbling incoherently and trying to sniff the 4 Lombardis at Lambeau. It was every bit as creepy as one would imagine.

  17. nicofthenorthstar says: Mar 12, 2016 10:08 AM

    Excellent work to keep Sherels in the fold.
    This past week has been a great demonstration of the Vikings’ philosophy. Don’t get sucked into the splashy free agent signings where players are given excessive contracts that will hamstring the organization. Supplement the talent developed within. Alex Boone will be very solid and he came at a reasonable price – especially when compared to some of the o-linemen who found new teams this week. Add depth and experience, again, for the right price. Build through the draft, reward the guys who you have developed (Loadholt, Kalil, Sherels), and don’t give up on a guy too quickly/after injury. The o-line, with the addition of Boone and with our guys getting back to health, is shaping up to be much improved over last season.
    Can’t wait to see what they add in the draft.

  18. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:11 AM

    55 years of football, and all they have to show for it is a lousy box of participant ribbons.

  19. nicofthenorthstar says: Mar 12, 2016 10:12 AM

    Hey Vikings fans – just ignore the trolls. It’s a sad time to be a Pack fan. The delusions of grandeur (and team ownership) are quickly fading. The new reality – mediocrity – is becoming painfully apparent.
    A little compassion is in order.

  20. rollingrocks9 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:17 AM

    Seems to me that in the past 3 years the Packers had a kicker who missed over 35% of his kicks for the year. Yet they resigned him and it’s paid off nicely for them. So when talking about missing field goals don’t forget your kickers history.

  21. h0metownzero says: Mar 12, 2016 10:19 AM

    As the late great Bud Grant once famously said, “Life is like a 27 yard field goal, and Viking fans are notoriously wide.”

  22. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says: Mar 12, 2016 10:20 AM

    The Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    55 years of continued failure, embarrassment and disappointment.

    ZERO.

  23. lindacaseauthor says: Mar 12, 2016 10:22 AM

    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Mar 12, 2016 10:05 AM
    That’s not true, Zero. Three of them were arrested just last week, while mumbling incoherently and trying to sniff the 4 Lombardis at Lambeau.
    —————
    And you Cheeseheads will still be talking about those four Lombardis for the next 25, 30. . . years.

  24. bearssuck says: Mar 12, 2016 10:35 AM

    A lot of empty space is in the Queens trophy case. That is for sure!

  25. housemusic1200 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:47 AM

    In all fairness, we should go easy on the Packer fans. Their years of success are coming to a grinding halt, their superstar QB is getting old, the GM won’t spend any money to improve things, the head coach can’t decide if he should call the plays, their star running back could fill in on the O-line, players are getting caught with guns & drugs, and then you figure in the fact that they just find new ways to choke in the playoffs, and it’s enough for them to finally see that the window is closing. The Vikings have a solid defensive minded head coach, a young capable QB, and the pieces are coming into place very nicely over here. You can bury your head in the sand, and brag about trophys of years past, but it won’t change the fact that your squad is old, slow, fat, and unbelievably overrated. If they didn’t play in “historic Lambeau”, they wouldn’t get nearly the amount of national media love that they do. So, while your team continues to get older, and slower, and not do anything to address the glaring holes that they have, we’ll continue to add pieces, and shape things into a world class organization. And…. There. Is. Your. Dagger.

  26. contra74 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:49 AM

    The Vikings are doing everything right.

    Yet here we have packer fans taking time out of their day to spew nonsense.

    Either they are obsessed or scared. Either way, they will be lucky to finish 3rd in the division.

  27. 4sacroc says: Mar 12, 2016 10:50 AM

    ‘Great to be staying …’

    Only ‘staying’ because agent oversold his value and no team bought …

  28. absodefinitely says: Mar 12, 2016 10:55 AM

    @Cabbage and Hometownloser
    The funniest thing about you trolling is how clueless it makes you look. You want to troll the Vikings for a playoff loss, when the Packers have the single most epic, embarrassing, worst choke of all time in any sport, EVER. It was hilarious watching your team collapse uncontrollably in front of the whole world. No way you can ever talk trash even if the Vikings lose 10 playoff games in row, the Packers own the all time most humiliating playoff loss…EVER. Fact. And how do they bounce back? By going to AZ and letting one man curb stomp their ENTIRE defense out of the playoffs. Fitzgerald > the entire Packers “defense”. Have fun trying to insult the fans of a team that just beat your team in their house for the division, and then saw GB playoff ineptitude reach the beautiful crescendo of another humiliating, embarrassing loss. Keep trolling, any Packers trolls remind me of those 2 latest debacles, and it makes me laugh…

  29. gtodriver says: Mar 12, 2016 10:59 AM

    It’s obvious the fans of the team to the east are worried that decades of futility are soon to return to “America’s Dairyland”.

    From 1968 – 1991 the Packers only had 1 season with more than 8 wins.

    Meanwhile the Vikings won 13 playoff games during that same stretch.

    It was during time period that beating the Vikings was the like winning the Super Bowl for the Packer fans…

  30. Modern Day Einstein says: Mar 12, 2016 10:59 AM

    What would people from Wisconsin REALLY know about being a winner? Its not like you play for the Packers, and a state which in when you enter, you immediately, and literally get hit in the face with a thick wall of the odor of manure and when the standard wedding attire is jeans and a packer jersey, again, what do people from Wisconsin REALLY know about being a winner?

    Marcus decided to stay home, great punt returner, thumbs up.

  31. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 12, 2016 11:14 AM

    Viking fans sure are some sore losers.

  32. northernpackfan says: Mar 12, 2016 11:20 AM

    It’s amazing that there are so many posts responding to the few pitiful Packer fans who come on PFT to troll the Vikings. These aren’t real football fans, they simply post antagonistic nonsense in the hopes of getting a reaction. This is what they think rivalry is. 3 out of 4 posts on this thread are Packer fans trolling the Vikings, or Viking fans responding to the trolls. Why waste your time?

    For those of you who actually know football, ignore the inflammatory garbage, and continue to post insightful comments that relate to football, and the trolls will eventually go away. It’s no different than dealing with a child who is throwing a tantrum – ignore them, and they will stop or go find someone who will pay attention to them.

    And just so everyone realizes this goes both ways, the same advice goes to real Packer fans regarding the posters who claim to be Viking fans, yet do nothing but slam the Packers and their fans.

  33. coreyn23 says: Mar 12, 2016 11:22 AM

    YES!!! One of my favorite players.

  34. lindacaseauthor says: Mar 12, 2016 11:24 AM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 11:17 AM
    We seem to have the winning formula for bridge safety.
    —————–
    What a low class degenerate to make fun of a horrible tragedy. I don’t know how PFT allows you Cheesers to keep making nasty posts about this very sad subject. Shame on you!

  35. cribbage12 says: Mar 12, 2016 11:32 AM

    OK, despite some eye rolling comments, there are some pretty funny comments posted here. Nice job fans. Way to stoke this rivalry. As a long time Packers fan who’s stirred the pot and trolled these Packers/Vikings posts, this is going to be a good, fun rivalry for years. Both teams’ arrows are pointing up. Keep the zingers coming.

  36. igocommando says: Mar 12, 2016 11:33 AM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 11:17 AM

    We seem to have the winning formula for bridge safety.
    **********
    There you have it folks. Once the pactards start making fun of bridge failures and Americans dying, you know they’re at their wits end. Clearly the Vikings and their fanbase are living rent free in the tiny minds of packer fans everywhere.

  37. ariani1985 says: Mar 12, 2016 11:35 AM

    Notice our little sisters to the east have signed zero FA!

    #OT you lose again!

  38. mediasloppy says: Mar 12, 2016 11:35 AM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 11:17 AM

    We seem to have the winning formula for bridge safety.
    ——————–
    You’re still trolling about a bridge collapse that killed people. You’re sick man. Really really sick…

  39. summitmech says: Mar 12, 2016 11:38 AM

    YES! YES YES YES! I was SO pissed when I read that he was visiting the Jets. STAY HOME FOREVER MARCUS! We love our natives. Very proud of both Marcus and Adam Thielen.

  40. jag1959 says: Mar 12, 2016 11:44 AM

    From the perspective of a guy with no dog in the fight it’s always amusing to see Vikes fans throwing shade at the Packers. It’s like Cincy/Steelers, Philly/NYG, Bills/Pats, SD/Denver. How can they not see how ridiculous they look doing their chest beating from atop a trophy case devoid of Lombardis?

  41. deltaoracle says: Mar 12, 2016 11:48 AM

    Vikings have ariani/cody, pft poet, and some others. It’s too bad Packer fans can’t always resist the urge to sink to the same level, but let’s not act like Minnesota fans are nothing but noble sportsmen.

  42. whatjusthapped says: Mar 12, 2016 11:50 AM

    We are left to wonder what was said to him during his visit with the Jets that would make him come running back to the Vikings to sign a contract? Did they ask him about his mother’s employment? Ask him if he liked boys? Whatever it was, it was enough to snuff out any aspirations of him playing for a possible Superbowl and run back to the one team that seemingly has invented ways to blow a playoff game.

  43. 33vikes says: Mar 12, 2016 11:57 AM

    Good. A valuable contributor.

  44. shaggytoodle says: Mar 12, 2016 12:01 PM

    I can’t call Sherels a VERY good player.

    He is a solid Punt Returner, and for the past 2 seasons that pretty much all he has been asked to do, they have Patterson doing kick returns, and since investing mutliple 1st round picks in the DBs he has seen the field less and less.

  45. Tundro says: Mar 12, 2016 12:06 PM

    Good lord is there nothing to do up in America’s freezer other than bag on each others states and teams? A blurb about a backup special teams player turns into a keyboard civil war?

  46. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Mar 12, 2016 12:13 PM

    I just wish we could have a player like Marcus Sherels and have more than one good player on our Packers. And, actually, we don’t have a winning formula for bridge safety in Green Bay. Remember how badly the Leo Frigo Bridge was sagging.

  47. contra74 says: Mar 12, 2016 1:52 PM

    The little sisters to the east sure are craving attention.

  48. rlpftt says: Mar 12, 2016 4:15 PM

    This is a good signing for the Vikings. Their defense is solid. The Bears also have significantly improved their LB crew. Trevathan and Freeman are huge upgrades for that defense and Fangio. The Lions are going through a set back, but should still be tough. The NFCN is shaping up to be a very tough division.

  49. 440Barracuda says: Mar 12, 2016 5:27 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 11:35 AM
    Notice our little sisters to the east have signed zero FA!

    ——————————-

    Because players only want to go to Green Bay if it’s their last resort. Don’t forget the Packers were in the top 5 teams that NFL players said they would never want to play for, just a couple years ago.

  50. southpackalacky says: Mar 12, 2016 5:29 PM

    Can he throw further than 10 yards down the field? No.
    Can he kick a 27 yard field goal? No.
    Will he ever be a champion? No.

    Such is the life of a Viking.

    Another great signing, guys.

  51. fluffy19 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:34 PM

    Packers should have gone for two.

  52. skolbro28 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:45 PM

    @jag1959
    First off, you are a jags fan. (That’s the punchline)
    Second look at what article you are in. Packer trolls all over it. So I am pretty sure it’s the packer fans making fools of themselves

  53. fmc651 says: Mar 12, 2016 7:18 PM

    pft poet isn’t a Vikings fan. He is a pacekr fan pretending to be a Vikings fan.

  54. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 12, 2016 7:29 PM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 11:17 AM

    We seem to have the winning formula for bridge safety.

    ——————-
    Hey filthymcnasty3/3 other names

    You had better watch it with the personal and inappropriate comments or stellar come in here and will scold you.

    Oh, wait, nevermind. He only complains when Vikings fans do it. Same thing for that Cabbage bi-polar guy. Hypocrites the lot of them.

  55. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 12, 2016 7:32 PM

    Glad to have Sherels back. And Sherels is glad to play football with being subjected on to yoga, ping pong tournaments, P90x, and pajama bowling night.

  56. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Mar 12, 2016 8:02 PM

    Not only do you have the winning formula for bridge construction, but you also seem to have a never ending supply of gmail accounts to make all these user names with.

    Honestly, how do you keep track of them all? Do you keep a spreadsheet or something?

  57. shaggytoodle says: Mar 12, 2016 8:04 PM

    Both fans have posters, that don’t add anything but third grade insults that entertaining only to themselves… the worst part is the people who passionate about the best division in the NFL have to sift through all that garbage comments to get to one that has actual thought put into it.

  58. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 12, 2016 8:15 PM

    ============================
    correction
    ============================-
    Glad to have Sherels back. And Sherels is glad to play football without being subjected on to yoga, ping pong tournaments, P90x, and pajama bowling night.

  59. shaggytoodle says: Mar 12, 2016 9:10 PM

    ============================
    correction
    ============================-
    Glad to have Sherels back. And Sherels is glad to play football without being subjected on to yoga, ping pong tournaments, P90x, and pajama bowling night or a SuperBowl Ring.

  60. seals1 says: Mar 12, 2016 11:39 PM

    Goodie, preifer loves him he Gets to stay. Not a Zimmer build but Zim will throw prief a bone. Zimmer is a leader and knows when to bend.

  61. stellarperformance says: Mar 13, 2016 12:17 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Mar 12, 2016 10:59 AM
    It’s obvious the fans of the team to the east are worried that decades of futility are soon to return to “America’s Dairyland”. From 1968 – 1991 the Packers only had 1 season with more than 8 wins. Meanwhile the Vikings won 13 playoff games during that same stretch. It was during time period that beating the Vikings was the like winning the Super Bowl for the Packer fans…
    /////////////////////////////////////////

    Why does this matter to you? Why does this matter on any level? Why start in 1968? Why not start when the Vikings came into the league? Why not start in 1961 when the Packers won postseason games nine years in a row?

    In the seventies and eighties the Packers went 14-15 against the Vikings while the Vikings went 15-14 against the Packers. And both teams accomplished exactly the same during that period of time…..nothing. Wait……the Packers still sold out every game.

    You want to talk about misplaced “Super Bowl” victories? Look no further than last season. You guys are still wetting your pants.

  62. ariani1985 says: Mar 13, 2016 1:24 PM

    Is it too late to bring up the facts that little erin Rogers has never won an OT game?

  63. frank booth says: Mar 13, 2016 4:24 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Mar 12, 2016 10:59 AM

    It’s obvious the fans of the team to the east are worried that decades of futility are soon to return to “America’s Dairyland”.

    From 1968 – 1991 the Packers only had 1 season with more than 8 wins.

    Meanwhile the Vikings won 13 playoff games during that same stretch.

    It was during time period that beating the Vikings was the like winning the Super Bowl for the Packer fans…
    ==================================
    It was during that time period that winning a Division Championship was like winning a Super Bowl for Vikings’ fans- and it’s still the same.

  64. stellarperformance says: Mar 13, 2016 4:32 PM

    440Barracuda says:
    Mar 12, 2016 5:27 PM
    Because players only want to go to Green Bay if it’s their last resort. Don’t forget the Packers were in the top 5 teams that NFL players said they would never want to play for, just a couple years ago.
    /////////////////////////////////////

    You’ve been smelling too many exhaust fumes. The poll you’re describing asked: “I would play in ________, only if they doubled my salary.”

    It was informally sent out by a sports related network. They had (82) respondents out of nearly (1900) active roster and practice team personnel on all (32) teams.

    Six percent of the respondents, a total of four players, said no to Green Bay.

    Do you like player polls? Do you think they are accurate? Because a previous poll of 277 active player respondents with the No. 1 position from 26% replying said Packer fans were the most knowledgeable about pro football.

    Polls are great aren’t they?

  65. stellarperformance says: Mar 13, 2016 5:00 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 13, 2016 1:24 PM
    Is it too late to bring up the facts that little erin Rogers has never won an OT game?
    /////////////////////////////////////

    Who?

  66. jazz11001 says: Mar 13, 2016 9:29 PM

    I NEVER look at the Packers blog ever. It doesn’t even occur to me to look or read anything about them but come here and look at the continous barrage of ….jealousy! The Pack does zero in the off season so they need something to read I guess… Stay Fat Wisconsin. ..P.S. Flannel is not camouflage. …unless you’re in Green Bay

  67. njoberg says: Mar 13, 2016 9:30 PM

    Why not just ignore dumb people from the east
    They enjoy it when they get your goat
    SKOL

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