Vikings sign Datone Jones

AP

The Vikings continue to stay close to home for free agents.

They announced they had signed former Packers first-rounder Datone Jones, the latest in a string of links between the NFC North rivals.

Jones, who has converted from defensive end to outside linebacker, was Green Bay’s 2013 first-rounder from UCLA.

He’s expected to be a defensive end in the Vikings’ 4-3 defense.

Minnesota also had Packers castoff running back Eddie Lacy in for a visit, and want to bring tight end Jared Cook in if he gets out of Seattle without a deal.

134 responses to “Vikings sign Datone Jones

  1. Datone was a square peg in a round hole here. He couldn’t hold up as a D Lineman so they had him lose 20# and convert to an edge rusher. A 4 -3 scheme will fit him better.
    Definitely an underachiever. Nice guy though.

  2. At least in GB he had upside, maybe he will catch on in Minnesota, but producing consistently which is pretty much what the NFL is ALL about, is what he struggled with.

    Am I the only person that thought AP would have been signed before this guy though?

  3. Rick just watches the GB waiver wire knowing signing anyone Ted doesn’t want at his price will be an upgrade for his team.

    Makes sense. Nothing to see here.

  4. He’s definitely not going to be a starter or anything, but lets see if he responds to Zimmer’s teaching style. He is literally about to get a Phd in Defensive Philosophy so perhaps he will end up as a Will backer(only used base set on 30% of plays in 2016) who knows he might not even make the team.

    Im cool with him coming on board though, that dude is about to take a lot of crap from a lot of very peculiar people so, we got his back.

  5. Jones didn’t want to have to read by candlelight anymore.

  6. wib22 says:
    Mar 14, 2017 5:40 PM
    More packer rejects for spielman.

    SKOLOL!

    ————————————————-
    That makes 1 same as Viking rejects on your roster, only difference our reject isn’t starting the year on a suspension, weird that a packer player suspended for performance enhancing drugs by the way

  7. Eddie Lacy shoots the Barneys down, but they still had to go out and get their share of Packers somewhere.

    And another fight breaks out between the Seahawk and Barney brass just outside the Lambeau Field dumpster.
    skoLOLLOLLOLLOL!!!

  8. Well he’s going back to his natural position… DE, instead of LB. Packers tend to force players to play out of position. I’m a Packer fan… never liked watching him play LB. I don’t think he was ever used correctly (or coached correctly). I won’t be surprised if he does well under Zimmer. I wish him well. As much as I hate to say this, Vikings probably made a good move here.

  9. Boo hoo packer fans……… Another player going to a better team. Deal with it.”

    *****

    not even a packers fan, and this
    “-better team”

    is lunacy. Sammy two sleeves getting yeah a championship?

    SKOLOL!

  10. Wow! This just rich. Purple “fans” have spent the last 3 years calling this guy a first round bust. I’d wager my 401k they now label him as a player with “huge upside” and the potential to finally bring a Super Bowl home. Classic Vikings! SKOLOLOLOLOL!!!

  11. getadealdonealready says:
    Mar 14, 2017 5:54 PM
    ———————————–
    Guion only tested positive for PED’s because of residual contact high from fist pumping Clay Matthews… unlike the rest of the Packers he didn’t know he had to cycle off.

    But, it was nice of the NFL to give him a free pass for speeding with a loaded hand gun and a Nate Newton like amount of mary jane and cash in the car

  12. By comparison, Julius Peppers got a 1 year $3.5 million dollar contract. Honestly, I thought Datone Jones would be a good fit for the Vikings — but for about half of what he is getting paid.

  13. He was a rotational player for Green Bay. Not starter quality nor was he a scrub; he was an upper tear non-starter who has some value.

    I also think he will do better in MN 4/3 scheme.

    Bottom line: Not a big loss for Green Bay and not a game changer for the Vikings.

  14. Wow! This just rich. Purple “fans” have spent the last 3 years calling this guy a first round bust. I’d wager my 401k they now label him as a player with “huge upside” and the potential to finally bring a Super Bowl home. Classic Vikings! SKOLOLOLOLOL!!!

    He is first round bust. So why not have a look at him? I would take Zimmers eye over capers or TT’s any day…

  15. NFC North teams have signed about as many ex-Packers in last 48 hours as Ted’s signed ex-Vikings, Bears and Lions in 12 years. That’s what happens when your team is as well-run as the Green Bay Packers.

  16. Step 1 Datone – completely ignore the game plan of the most respected (and best) head coach in the league (according to the purples) and do whatever you think is best.

    That’s it. You’re now a Viking.

  17. The Queens fans can talk all they want. But how any of their fans can ballyhoo a team that has never won a SB and hasn’t even been to the Big Dance in 40 years is totally beyond me.

    Oh no! It’s intercepted!

    Wide left!!!!!!!!!!

  18. lnfinite says:
    Mar 14, 2017 5:48 PM
    Boo hoo packer fans……… Another player going to a better team. Deal with it.
    ——————–
    Dude, you make me laugh.
    In what skewed universe do you live in where the Barneys are superior to the Packers at anything?
    Wins.
    Championships.
    Team history.
    Front office.
    Head coaching.
    Team talent.
    Stadium.
    Game day experience.

    Please, pick a topic. I’ll wait………
    Deal with it? skoLOL!

  19. “Guion only tested positive for PED’s because of residual contact high from fist pumping Clay Matthews…”

    ========================

    Now that’s funny. (And I’m a Packer fan)

  20. The Packers gave Datone over $6 million his first year – and they moved him from his natural position to LB.

    The Vikings are paying him a fraction of that on a one year prove it deal – with the intention of playing him in his natural position.

    He will be a young veteran backup.

    If Zimmer works his magic – Datone may actually earn significant bonus money and get a long term deal. Possibly a future replacement for Robison.

    If not – so long.

  21. Yeah, the Packers paid him $6 million his first year — when he was a first round pick and had the expectations one would have for a first round pick. Fast forward 5 years later, after being underwhelming and basically a bust, the Vikings decide to pay him more than Julius Peppers – with the potential of coming close to how much he got paid in his first year (potential to make $5 million).

    That actually demonstrates he is being overpaid. Good job.

  22. Packers lose another defensive player and sign two tight ends. Ted Thompson continues his mastery. Hahahaha

  23. wafflestomp says:

    Dude, you make me laugh.
    In what skewed universe do you live in where the Barneys are superior to the Packers at anything?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    As usual, Packer fans don’t know much about football.

    The Vikings have the longest streak of NFC Division Championships in a row within our division with 6.

    Packers need to win the next 5 in a row just to tie.

    Most NFC Division Championships within our division with 19.

    Packers need to win the next 4 in a row just to tie.

    Most playoff appearances since the inception of Divisional play within our division with 28.

    Packers need to make the playoffs 6 more years to tie – assuming the Vikings don’t make the playoffs in the next 6 years (the longest the Vikings have gone without making the playoffs since the inception of division play is 4 years).

    One NFL record that I’m glad belongs to the Packers is the embarrassing one of not having scored a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season from 1967 – 1993.

    That level of gross ineptitude over such a sustained period of time is a significant part of Packer history!

  24. The Vikings signed him as a backup to a very good defensive line. TT drafted him in the first round. Who’s the dope now?

    ***

    Patterson, floyd, kalil, peterson, walsh, I can go on.

    SKOLOL!

  25. We lose a first rounder today and gain a first rounder. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Weird.

  26. questionableopinion says:

    Actually, his entire rookie contract was worth 7.7 million dollars over 4 years, with his first year making $405,000 with a $998,016 bonus.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    You don’t understand how to read a salary cap chart. $998,016 is the PRO RATA portion of his signing bonus. He got 100% of his bonus his rookie year.

    I did misread his rookie contract myself. He was GUARANTEED $6,259,326 in his r00kie contract. He actually received $4,397,064 in his first year.

  27. rosstuckershair says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:05 PM

    He is first round bust. So why not have a look at him? I would take Zimmers eye over capers or TT’s any day…
    ===================================
    Which eye? The one with the patch?

  28. wib22 says:

    The Vikings signed him as a backup to a very good defensive line. TT drafted him in the first round. Who’s the dope now?

    ***

    Patterson, floyd, kalil, peterson, walsh, I can go on.

    SKOLOL!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I’ll give you Patterson – never got much out of him.

    Injuries derailed Floyd (it happens).

    Kalil just signed a $55 mil contract with the Panthers to play with his brother.

    Peterson had a 10 year, career with the Vikings and is a lock to make the HOF based on that career.

    Walsh? You’re bring up a 6th round pick that was very good for several years, but we were forced to cut last year because he lost his confidence???

    When it comes to draft busts, I could go on for hours with legitimate and valid 1st round Packer draft picks.

  29. frank booth says:

    Which eye? The one with the patch?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Zimmer with his eyes closed can detect defensive talent better than Capers.

    FWIW – neither eye has a patch.

  30. Someone actually thinks McCarthy and Thompson are superior to Zimmer and Rick. Have those two geniuses fixed that horrendous defense yet? It’s been historically bad for like 6 straight years now. Maybe a tight end or two will help.

  31. Wib22
    ——–
    Do you watch football? You called Peterson a bust? According to you 1st year HOF RB’s are busts? I don’t think even the rest of the packer trolls are on board with that one.

  32. gtodriver says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:33 PM

    As usual, Packer fans don’t know much about football.
    The Vikings have the longest streak of NFC Division Championships in a row within our division with 6.
    Packers need to win the next 5 in a row just to tie.
    Most NFC Division Championships within our division with 19.
    Packers need to win the next 4 in a row just to tie.
    Most playoff appearances since the inception of Divisional play within our division with 28.
    Packers need to make the playoffs 6 more years to tie – assuming the Vikings don’t make the playoffs in the next 6 years (the longest the Vikings have gone without making the playoffs since the inception of division play is 4 years).
    One NFL record that I’m glad belongs to the Packers is the embarrassing one of not having scored a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season from 1967 – 1993.
    That level of gross ineptitude over such a sustained period of time is a significant part of Packer history!
    ==================================
    Congrats on the division championships. What team has done less with more:

    6th all time playoff appearances (good)
    12 all-time in playoff wins (not so good)
    1st in playoff losses
    1st in playoff one-and-dones
    26th in playoff win percentage
    HOF players and coaches in SB teams-7
    which led to how many SB victories- 0
    Last Super Bowl played in 1977

    The Steelers went 39 years with one postseason game and scored o points in the one game. No one cares about that anymore.

    The strike season counts in the NFL record books. There is no NFL record of “of not having scored a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season from 1967 – 1993.” The fact that someone actually spent time to look for something as specious as that and then repeatedly tried to apply it as an item of significance when barely anyone had heard of it is funny.

    Congratulations to the Vikings on some fine regular seasons in the 70’s.

  33. tritz32 says:
    Mar 14, 2017 5:56 PM
    Wow! This just rich. Purple “fans” have spent the last 3 years calling this guy a first round bust. I’d wager my 401k they now label him as a player with “huge upside” and the potential to finally bring a Super Bowl home. Classic Vikings! SKOLOLOLOLOL!!

    ***

    Listen, I know this is hard for Pack fans to grasp, but your Packer stock doesn’t constitute a 401K.

  34. Hope they offered him a fortune! Lots of guaranteed money! Former first rounder — totally worth it.

  35. gtodriver says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:55 PM
    frank booth says:
    Which eye? The one with the patch?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Zimmer with his eyes closed can detect defensive talent better than Capers.
    FWIW – neither eye has a patch.
    ===================================
    Right. He’s just turns a blind eye when it comes to offense.

  36. gtodriver says:

    One NFL record that I’m glad belongs to the Packers is the embarrassing one of not having scored a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season from 1967 – 1993.

    That level of gross ineptitude over such a sustained period of time is a significant part of Packer history!

    ———————————————————

    I bet you would also say that our our 2010 Superbowl Championship doesn’t matter because it was 7 years ago while citing a period that started 50 years ago. I love the qualifier you need to use to make this stat, “full regulation season”. So it wasn’t a full regular season in 1982, they still won a playoff game and scored several TD’s in their 2 games. I believe the Redskins won the Superbowl that year, does that not count as well since it was a strike season?

    Nobody cares about division champions, at the end of the season, the only team that is remembered is the Superbowl champ. The Packers are up 4-0 in Superbowls, he Vikings would need to win the next 4 just to tie.

  37. Be interesting to see if this first rounder just wasnt any good on that great defensive minded Green Bay team, or how much he will improve under a real defensive head coach, Mike Zimmer.

  38. Wow… The Vikings sure love those Packers rejects! Don’t get your hopes up too high, Vikings fans. Jones is a stiff of the first class variety.
    He’ll get a pressure now and then and once in a while he’ll have a QB run into him and get a sack, but then he becomes Houdini and disappears for most of the game.

    If your Vikings have to grab guys off the Packers defense, you must be desperate.

  39. Do you watch football? You called Peterson a bust? According to you 1st year HOF RB’s are busts? I don’t think even the rest of the packer trolls are on board with that one.

    ****

    Peterson’s contract since the child abuse incident is a black mark on spielman.

  40. Packer fans….Get a clue. Trolling Vike fans for signing a “reject”. ….Lol,he was a FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK….ANOTHER PACKER BUST…

    IDIOTS, SMH

  41. Remember Troy Williamson, Queenie fans? MN took him with the 7th overall pick in the 2005 draft. Then the great mind trust in MN hopped all over Erasmus James with the 18th overall pick.

    Then, of course, GB got Aaron Rodgers at No. 24.

    And the Queens haven’t been the same since.

    But, then again, they haven’t even been to the SB in 40 years!

  42. bubbasmithguy says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:31 PM
    The Vikings signed him as a backup to a very good defensive line. TT drafted him in the first round. Who’s the dope now?
    ——————-

    Excellent point. TT would never give that kind of money to a backup.

  43. gtodriver says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:33 PM
    wafflestomp says:
    Dude, you make me laugh.
    In what skewed universe do you live in where the Barneys are superior to the Packers at anything?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    As usual, Packer fans don’t know much about football.
    The Vikings have the longest streak of NFC Division Championships in a row within our division with 6.
    Packers need to win the next 5 in a row just to tie.
    Most NFC Division Championships within our division with 19.
    Packers need to win the next 4 in a row just to tie.
    Most playoff appearances since the inception of Divisional play within our division with 28.
    Packers need to make the playoffs 6 more years to tie – assuming the Vikings don’t make the playoffs in the next 6 years (the longest the Vikings have gone without making the playoffs since the inception of division play is 4 years).
    One NFL record that I’m glad belongs to the Packers is the embarrassing one of not having scored a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season from 1967 – 1993.
    That level of gross ineptitude over such a sustained period of time is a significant part of Packer history!
    ———————————————————-

    And here I thought the Viking fans didn’t live in the past?

  44. Zimmer’s great eye for talent got to watch his entire team quit, with the exception of Bradford. Quit. The cardinal sin in football.

    They’ll quit again this year, too, as they know it’s the one sure way to get his screaming arse sent to the scrap heap alongside Tice, Childress and Frazier (their last three “best coaches in the NFL”).

    And when they bring in the next poor schlub, you purples will hop up and down and tel us how THAT guy is the “best coach in the NFL.”

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  45. All trolling aside, as a Packers fan this is about all I got:

    – Despite not getting sacks Jones did get a decent amount of pressures
    – He did OK in run responsibilities and setting the edge

    I think if he bulks up, his best use would be:

    – reserve/spot DE
    – pass rushing DT in sure passing situations

  46. gtodriver says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:33 PM

    As usual, Packer fans don’t know much about football.
    The Vikings have the longest streak of NFC Division Championships in a row within our division with 6.
    Packers need to win the next 5 in a row just to tie.
    Most NFC Division Championships within our division with 19.
    Packers need to win the next 4 in a row just to tie.
    Most playoff appearances since the inception of Divisional play within our division with 28.
    Packers need to make the playoffs 6 more years to tie – assuming the Vikings don’t make the playoffs in the next 6 years (the longest the Vikings have gone without making the playoffs since the inception of division play is 4 years).
    __________________

    Wow, lol. Hope you got fries with all that ’cause it sure didn’t come with any rings

  47. gtodriver says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:33 PM
    Most playoff appearances since the inception of Divisional play within our division with 28.
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////

    The Vikings own the NFL record for the most postseason losses, including all pre-merger teams when only “eight” teams played.

    They also own the record for the most one-and-done postseason appearances.

    Wide Left says it all. It fits. It’s something they can own and embrace.

    Nobody but a preoccupied Viking fan would keep track of unimportant and irrelevant Packer history. Nobody else cares.

  48. The Viking fans don’t want to hear this but it’s the truth never the less. Two true facts; (1) Out of all the Packer Free Agents, he was the most expendable. (2) Ted Thompson was willing to re-sign him at the right price, guess what, the Vikings probably paid double.

    The Vikings would have better off signing Peppers if they wanted an impact OLB, he was an ex Packer and at least he could play.

  49. What makes me laugh is thin skinned packer fans and their ever tired “we got 4 Super Bowl wins”. Viking fans will always win when the likes of Brett favre retires in purple. Keep losing your minds over it. Now purple have signed Jones and packer fans still are losing their heads over it. Hahaha!!!!

  50. gtodriver says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:53 PM
    When it comes to draft busts, I could go on for hours with legitimate and valid 1st round Packer draft picks.
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    When you’re done, please explain how thankful you are the Packers aren’t able to dominate the Vikings even more than they do, with their underperforming draft picks.

    Why is that?

  51. lnfinite says:
    Mar 14, 2017 8:40 PM
    What makes me laugh is thin skinned packer fans and their ever tired “we got 4 Super Bowl wins”. Viking fans will always win when the likes of Brett favre retires in purple. Keep losing your minds over it. Now purple have signed Jones and packer fans still are losing their heads over it. Hahaha!!!!
    /////////////////////////

    Wow. Talk about wishful thinking.

  52. Doesn’t sound like they overpaid for a former 1st round pick that was drafted by a team with a questionable defensive coaching staff. Jones clearly won’t cracking the starting rotation, but could prove valuable as a rotational guy.

  53. Someone actually thinks McCarthy and Thompson are superior to Zimmer and Rick. Have those two geniuses fixed that horrendous defense yet?
    ———-
    These are some of the funniest comments ever. One team has won two playoff games since the turn of the century and one team holds a record for consecutive playoff appearances and has a recent SB win. Somehow fans of the first team think they’re better. You can’t make this stuff up. I thought success was the measure of competence but apparently not.

  54. lnfinite says:
    Mar 14, 2017 8:40 PM
    What makes me laugh is thin skinned packer fans and their ever tired “we got 4 Super Bowl wins”. Viking fans will always win when the likes of Brett favre retires in purple. Keep losing your minds over it. Now purple have signed Jones and packer fans still are losing their heads over it. Hahaha!!!!
    ==================================
    I don’t think Packer fans care any more about Favre retiring as a Viking than us Bears’ fans care about McMahon playing his last years as a Packer.

    Favre will always be known as a Packer while McMahon will be known as a Bear, Montana as a 49er, Unitas as a Colt, etc. (I’m in no way comparing McMahon to any of these quarterbacks). You get to have losing playoff coach Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton and his 14.1 rating in one Super Bowl, and 5 other HOF’s that couldn’t win a Super Bowl. Enjoy.

  55. As usual, Packer fans don’t know much about football.
    The Vikings have the longest streak of NFC Division Championships in a row within our division with 6.
    Packers need to win the next 5 in a row just to tie.
    Blah blah blah irrelevant stuff
    ———
    And zero SB wins. Not even a playoff victory this decade. Keep grasping at those straws though.

  56. wib22 says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:36 PM
    The Vikings signed him as a backup to a very good defensive line. TT drafted him in the first round. Who’s the dope now?

    ***

    Patterson, floyd, kalil, peterson, walsh, I can go on.

    SKOLOL
    ///////////
    Aside from Floyd, all are former pro bowl players and one is a future hall of famer.

  57. Certainly not a great player but he was very versatile and at least capable. Almost surely better than the UFA that TT will try to replace him with. It’s kind of too bad that Ted always spends as if it’s coming out of his own wallet.

  58. he isn’t going to be a linebacker for us so people get it through your heads. He is a 4-3 defense end who could possibly play in the middle during 3rd down passing situations.

  59. Well there’s a good reason he didn’t work out in Green Bay: packers converted him to linebacker from defensive end. Now he’s going back to defensive end or tackle. Why change his position he is comfortable with? If you want a linebacker, draft a linebacker.

  60. Get ready for the dumb penalty at a critical time….and then wait for the big splash play that he makes in the pre-season that never happens in the regular season. I hope they didn’t pay more than the veteran minimum.

  61. The Packers are up 4-0 in Superbowls, he Vikings would need to win the next 4 just to tie.
    ___________________________________

    The Packers lost to Denver so where is this 4-0 you speak of?

  62. Sometimes a second chance in free agency will see players explode on the field. Lets hope so, The Vikings a hemorrhaging players, and perhaps tricky Rick is counting on the Supplemental Draft to field a team. God knows
    2/3rds of his picks have been DUDS.

  63. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:05 PM

    NFC North teams have signed about as many ex-Packers in last 48 hours as Ted’s signed ex-Vikings, Bears and Lions in 12 years. That’s what happens when your team is as well-run as the Green Bay Packers.
    _________________________

    Ever stop and ask yourself why so many of your players choose to stay in the division and play against your team?

  64. wafflestomp says:
    Mar 14, 2017 5:54 PM

    Eddie Lacy shoots the Barneys down…

    ________________________

    By the same logic, he shot the Packers down, too, didn’t he? Oh, and by the way–how do you know the Vikings made him an offer?

    On a similar note, wasn’t I reading here a couple of days ago that Eddie would come back home to the Packers after spending some time on the dark side? Same was said about T.J. Lang, wasn’t it?

  65. I expect Jones to do better as a Viking than he did as a Packer since he’ll be playing in a 4-3; a more natural scheme for him. I’ll be surprised if he ever becomes a starter and in the future I expect Viking fans will consider this a poor signing because of what they are paying for a back up.

  66. bondlake says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:08 PM

    The Queens fans can talk all they want. But how any of their fans can ballyhoo a team that has never won a SB and hasn’t even been to the Big Dance in 40 years is totally beyond me.

    ____________________________

    It is called being a fan and supporting your team. Something your fans obviously did not do in your Quarter Century of Mediocrity, as your team took to playing its games in two cities to fill seats. Likewise, we don’t burn jerseys of players who go to other teams. We don’t boo our players when they are behind after one quarter. Etc.

  67. tritz32 says:
    Mar 14, 2017 5:56 PM

    Wow! This just rich. Purple “fans” have spent the last 3 years calling this guy a first round bust. I’d wager my 401k they now label him as a player with “huge upside” and the potential to finally bring a Super Bowl home. Classic Vikings!

    ________________

    First of all, the Purple “fans” were right, weren’t they?

    Second, a quick skim of messages in this thread shows none that label him as having huge upside and being pivotal in winning a Super Bowl. Rather, most here seem to retain some perspective and recognize that he has underachieved and he has an opportunity to make a fresh start with a good defensive coach.

    Third, please don’t burn his jersey inside the house. Not a good idea.

  68. bondlake says:
    Mar 14, 2017 7:47 PM

    Remember Troy Williamson, Queenie fans? MN took him with the 7th overall pick in the 2005 draft. Then the great mind trust in MN hopped all over Erasmus James with the 18th overall pick.

    ________________________

    And remember Tony Mandarich, considered the biggest draft bust in NFL history? He was the first pick in the 1989 draft by the Packers, taken just before Troy Aikman, Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas, and Deion Sanders. Picks 2-5 are all in the Hall of Fame!

    Ancient history, yes, but since you brought up 2005 I thought I would remind you of 1989.

  69. In all honesty,…. Where Ted makes his hay is rounds 3 through 6. Even some 7th rounders. And the Packers have a very good track record with UDFA’s. Churning the older guys out for the younger guys keeps the cap in good shape year after year.

  70. Jones take was he was playing where he shouldn’t been. It happens, Patterson was mismanaged by the Vikings. Maybe the packers did the same thing with Jones. Whatever happened he has been a disappointment. This makes a little sense because of Barr and Kendricks. We will see.

  71. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Mar 14, 2017 8:02 PM

    Zimmer’s great eye for talent got to watch his entire team quit.
    )))))))))))))))))))

    The only one to quit was Norv Turner. Lose a starting QB days before the seasson starts, 5 OT and a OC. And still go 8-8. Nobody quit but Norv.

  72. questionableopinion says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:03 PM

    By comparison, Julius Peppers got a 1 year $3.5 million dollar contract. Honestly, I thought Datone Jones would be a good fit for the Vikings — but for about half of what he is getting paid.

    ))))))))))))))))))

    Jones is 26 and Peppers is what 37. That might have something to do with it.

  73. Give it up Vikings fans. You can’t win. Your team has zero championships in 55 years! And worse for you, the Packers have won more championships than any NFL team!
    No matter what you say, it doesn’t matter. Because it stems from your pure jealousy.
    So criticize the Packers all you want. At the end of the 2017 season the Packers will be in the playoffs again and the Vikings will be on the golf course, as usual.

  74. frank booth says:

    I don’t think Packer fans care any more about Favre retiring as a Viking than us Bears’ fans care about McMahon playing his last years as a Packer.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    frank

    May I remind you of all the Favre jerseys that were burnt after he signed with the Vikings. They actually had mass burnings in Green Bay.

    I know you saw the reports on the news.

    The majority of the Packer fan base spewed venom towards Favre for years. Many still do.

    I don’t recall McMahon having any Packer gear in his HOF collection.

    Favre does have Viking gear in the HOF.

  75. stellarperformance says:

    The Vikings own the NFL record for the most postseason losses, including all pre-merger teams when only “eight” teams played.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    May I remind you, that in the modern game of football, “eight” teams make the playoffs every season.

    So, every season, 7 teams lose a playoff game.

    Through 1932 – there weren’t any playoff games at all – so no playoff losses for any teams.

    It wasn’t until 1966 that there were more that than two teams competed in the playoffs (unless there was a regular season tie).

    So it doesn’t make sense (which makes sense that YOU would attempt to make the claim) to even discuss “pre merger” records.

    Bottom line, you can’t lose a playoff game if you aren’t in the playoffs.

    Packer history clearly shows that failing to make the playoffs is more common than making the playoffs is – since the inception of divisional play.

  76. Even as a Vikings fan, I still can’t understand why Spielman is doing what he is doing here. The same thing goes for other GB players that came over here. Spielman could have used a lot of of that cap money spent on those so-so players and have given a real run at Ricky Wagner. Reiff has experience playing both tackle positions.

    Spielman’s favorite colors must be green and gold. If those GB players that he signed are so good, why aren’t they still with GB??

    Datone Jones? For the love of G__. He is a backup player and asking him to be a OLB, eeergggg! Spielman is cheap, can’t evaluate talent or both. I say both.

    Quality trumps quantity.

  77. I guess he got sick of watching his 4th of July fireworks show indoors. Not to mention fighting off all the mosquitoes.

    They are the state bird donchaknow?

  78. I think the Packers made the playoffs once during the famous late sixties-to early nineties run of only 2 +500 winning seasons…one was the strike year with replacement players and the other was Les Steckel’s year in MN
    Those are the Packers I grew up with. A laughable franchise.
    Meanwhile, the Vikings were in 4 of 7 Super Bowls
    Before that, football was really a differnt game, pre-expansion, pre-merger. Hard to be proud of pro football victories during the WWII war effort.
    “Titletown”? Hardly.
    These days you’ve got just 1 SB for each first ballot HOF QB
    over 24 years. NE got 5 out of just the one guy, and he’s still playing, and probably better than Rodgers these days

  79. gtodriver says:
    Mar 15, 2017 9:10 AM
    frank booth says:
    I don’t think Packer fans care any more about Favre retiring as a Viking than us Bears’ fans care about McMahon playing his last years as a Packer.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    frank
    May I remind you of all the Favre jerseys that were burnt after he signed with the Vikings. They actually had mass burnings in Green Bay.
    I know you saw the reports on the news.
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    That was years ago, and expected- but I don’t think most care anymore. Nitpicking.

  80. Jones is 26 and Peppers is what 37. That might have something to do with it.
    —–

    Yeah, but it is a one year deal, so who cares regarding age? Peppers was outplaying him at his old age. If it’s for one year, who would you rather want?
    Peppers at 3.5 mil, or Datone Jones for 3.8 – potentially 5?

  81. acks7 says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:57 PM
    Someone actually thinks McCarthy and Thompson are superior to Zimmer and Rick. Have those two geniuses fixed that horrendous defense yet? It’s been historically bad for like 6 straight years now. Maybe a tight end or two will help.

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    Let mme return the favour, someone actually thinks spielman and zimmer are superior to Mike and Ted. Have those two geniuses fixed thzt horrendous offence yet? It’s been historically bad for like 7,8,9, maybe even more yezrs now. Maybe a Lb or 2 will help it.

  82. frank booth says:
    Mar 14, 2017 8:52 PM

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    I don’t think Packer fans care any more about Favre retiring as a Viking than us Bears’ fans care about McMahon playing his last years as a Packer.

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    Did you really just compare Jim McMahon to Brett Favre? Really?

  83. nhpats says:

    Did you really just compare Jim McMahon to Brett Favre? Really?
    ===================================
    In my post after mentioning Favre and others, I wrote the following:

    “I’m in no way comparing McMahon to any of these quarterbacks.”

    I don’t think I could be any clearer than that.

  84. nflpoker says:
    Mar 15, 2017 9:59 AM
    Even as a Vikings fan, I still can’t understand why Spielman is doing what he is doing here. The same thing goes for other GB players that came over here. Spielman could have used a lot of of that cap money spent on those so-so players and have given a real run at Ricky Wagner. Reiff has experience playing both tackle positions.

    Spielman’s favorite colors must be green and gold. If those GB players that he signed are so good, why aren’t they still with GB??

    Datone Jones? For the love of G__. He is a backup player and asking him to be a OLB, eeergggg! Spielman is cheap, can’t evaluate talent or both. I say both.

    Quality trumps quantity.

    1 0

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    The league is tackle starved and you can’t count on the ability to plug in draft picks at the position and hope to succeed any more. Wagner had a lot of suitors and in the end he wanted to be coached by Caldwell again. Zimmer mentioned in more than one interview that he wanted to get a lot better in short yardage situations, particularly running the ball. Wagner is the better tackle overall, no doubt, but Reiff graded better at run blocking.

    I like Speilman’s change in approach this year. Veterans’s are worth their weight in gold now that rookies aren’t allowed to practice in pads as much any more during training camp. He’s also addressed needs early so that he can take the BPA approach in the draft. Lament all you want about free agents that signed elsewhere. The Vikings are better now than they were at the beginning of free agency. Are they as good as the Cowboys o-line now? Absolutely not, but they have a chance to be average which is much better than we’ve had the last couple of years…and probably better than Spielman deserves after ignoring the o-line through the draft for the better part of the last decade. The line was never going to be a one year fix.

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