More contract extensions may be coming for Vikings defenders

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The Vikings signed defensive end Everson Griffen to a contract extension last week and gave cornerback Xavier Rhodes a big deal on Sunday in two moves that may be joined by others as the team looks to lock up key members of their defense.

Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports that there have been discussions about new deals for linebacker Anthony Barr and defensive tackle Linval Joseph. Tomasson adds that Joseph may be a likelier next target for an extension.

Defense has been the team’s strength the last few years, so it comes as little surprise that they’d like to keep the band together in Minnesota for as long as possible. Barr, who was a first-round pick in 2014, and Joseph, who signed with the team as a free agent the same year, are both under team control through next season.

The activity may not end there. Tomasson reports there’s interest in extending linebacker Eric Kendricks, who can’t sign an extension until the offseason because he’s only played two years since being drafted in the second round in 2015. That will also be when defensive end Danielle Hunter is eligible for an extension and 18.5 sacks in his first two seasons could make him a candidate for another contract, although the realities of the salary cap mean they may not be able to hold onto everyone.

28 responses to “More contract extensions may be coming for Vikings defenders

  1. Yeah, well, we don’t need no stinkin’ defense in Green Bay.
    Do we?

  2. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:

    Yeah, well, we don’t need no stinkin’ defense in Green Bay.
    Do we?

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    A defense that was so good it got you 3rd place in the NFC North. And that’s largely because the Bears were so bad.

  3. I’d prefer to extend Linval and wait to see how Barr plays this season. Down the road Hunter may be tough to resign. In part time play he’s looked very good, this season could be a breakout.

  4. The worst part of what just happed, yeah, i said happed, lol, is that Zimmer can keep bringing these defensive guys along.

    Will Zimmer just keep making more? When will it stop?

  5. Tear up Hunters contract now before he’s too expensive. Joseph and Kendricks will get theirs. Barr needs to play up to his talent level or I won’t be cool with a big payday for him.

  6. Pack fans are delusional. You do realize, that last year the Vikings split two games with you, and also lead the nfl in games missed by starters by a huge margin over 2nd place. When they only finished 2 games behind your overrated wack-pack, they were fielding 5th string tackles and a backup RG as well as center. Guess that doesn’t mean much, ehh? The team you got beat by in 2015, wasn’t near as good as the now healthy, fully fortified one you’re about to see in 2017. Just having a healthy, and much improved o line adds at least 2-3 wins, easily. The top 5 defense will be even better, and the easy time of it Erin had in the 2nd meeting against a vastly depleted secondary will not happen again any time soon. The Pack has been surviving the north solely because their competition was down with injuries, there will not be any give anymore though. That, and the 32nd ranked run offense we had in 16′, now has the best RB from the draft, and an improved wr & TE group as well…..I guess your fluke one year atop the division will be exploited very soon…LOL!

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    tokyosandblaster says:
    Jul 30, 2017 2:51 PM
    Man, I hope so. Keep extending the players that have beaten the Packers three times in the last 15 tries.

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    I should not have to point this out to you…but none of the players they will be extending were here 7 years ago…the guys getting extensions are most likely 2-4 against Green Bay, probably 4-4 after this year…the all time series favors Green Bay by 9 wins at 6o-51-2…not the historical domination GB fans try and convince themselves of…

  8. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jul 30, 2017 4:01 PM
    Packer fans are confused because contract extensions are rarefied in Green Bay because Aaron Rodgers demands more money every 2 years.
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    Fake News.

  9. In other news, the Vikings’ starting lineup on offense now consists of five stop signs, two paper bags, a spare bike tire and Teddy Bridgewater.

  10. smartanis says:
    Jul 30, 2017 5:33 PM
    In other news, the Vikings’ starting lineup on offense now consists of five stop signs, two paper bags, a spare bike tire and Teddy Bridgewater.
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    The amazing thing is that the spare bike tire is their best option on offense.
    I just hope it doesn’t get a flat or we’ll be subjected to a another year’s worth of injury complaints derailing yet another “title run” for the Barneys.
    skoLOL!

  11. Every one of the Viking defenders receiving an extension has a debt of gratitude to pay to Aaron Rodgers. He is the primary focus of every defensive coordinator in the division. As good as the Viking defense is (TBD), it hasn’t been quite good enough, has it? Nope. Not quite.

  12. Kendricks over Barr is a priority. Hunter will be expensive but just as important. Linval should be paid like a top five DT and most likely will be in the next year.

    Rhodes Closed. Let’s play!

  13. Gotta lockup Joseph next…Vikings excel on salary cap future planning. This defense gives us a big window in to the future…the window will be wide open come February, meanwhile GB’s window is closing to a crack….

  14. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jul 30, 2017 4:01 PM
    Packer fans are confused because contract extensions are rarefied in Green Bay because Aaron Rodgers demands more money every 2 years.
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    Another Barney lie.
    Aaron Rodgers hasn’t asked for, or received a dime more than he’s been entitled to since he signed his last contract in the spring of 2013.
    But, I’m sure you already know this.

    Listen, you’re not very good at football analysis, or even reporting the news.
    Perhaps you should just stick to what you do best.
    You know, regurgitating simple minded, tired fat jokes for the purple yokel’s to consume.

  15. meanwhile GB’s window is closing to a crack….
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    How many years have you dolts been saying this? That’s the slowest closing window of all time.

  16. “Rhodes knows there are other players on this team that are in line to get paid. Deal less than other top corners & cap is up almost 20% since those deals were done. Early deals continue to leave a lot $’s on table”

  17. Majority of the players a young & great. They’ll only get better with the continuance of team chemistry. Gotta lock up Hunter & Kendricks.

  18. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jul 30, 2017 8:45 PM
    “Rhodes knows there are other players on this team that are in line to get paid. Deal less than other top corners & cap is up almost 20% since those deals were done. Early deals continue to leave a lot $’s on table”
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    Isn’t Rhodes the guy that was afraid to cover Jordy Nelson one-on-one and messed up Zimmer’s game plan after being told, and refusing, to do so? He thought he’d give it a shot in the second half. We learned why he didn’t want to do it.

    I think Jordy had 9 catches, 154 yards, and 2 TD’s. Is this the same guy?

  19. stellarperformance says:
    Jul 31, 2017 6:48 AM

    Isn’t Rhodes the guy that was afraid to cover Jordy Nelson one-on-one and messed up Zimmer’s game plan after being told, and refusing, to do so? He thought he’d give it a shot in the second half. We learned why he didn’t want to do it.

    I think Jordy had 9 catches, 154 yards, and 2 TD’s. Is this the same guy?
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    No, they disobeyed the game plan and tried to single cover Jordy in the 1st half. To their own peril.
    It wasn’t until the 2nd part of the game when they bracketed Nelson were they able to minimize the damage.

    The real story here is why their “no-nonsense” coach couldn’t get ahold of his wayward defense until the game was already out of reach.
    And why wasn’t anyone held accountable for their egregious actions.
    Zimmer’s reaction to this situation was totally inexcusable for a head coach.

    Much like the Adrian Peterson situation, this team has a history of excusing and even rewarding bad behavior.

  20. ariani1985 says:
    Jul 30, 2017 5:55 PM
    Ted Thompson, “whats defense?” “how do we get one?”
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    Mike Zimmer, “what’s offense?” “how do we get one?”

  21. Joseph, Griffen, Hunter, Kendricks, Barr, Rhodes, Smith, Waynes, Alexander, Kearse, Sutton, Jones…. Gideon? Lee? Brothers? How does Spielman do it!? That’s a problem defense if I’ve ever seen one.

  22. Wonka22 says:
    Jul 30, 2017 4:21 PM
    Pack fans are delusional. You do realize, that last year the Vikings split two games with you, and also lead the nfl in games missed by starters by a huge margin over 2nd place.
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    We are delusional.? Your defense was healthy last year and the Pack still put up 38 points on them. Your defense has been figured out. GB and Indy exposed them. Keep signing the guys the Packers just smoked.

    Oh, that right, it was all because the DB’s didn’t want to hurt grandpa’s feelings so they didn’t follow the game plan. Right! 😉

  23. As things stand now, I’d prioritize Kendricks and Hunter over Barr. Not that I’d like to see Barr leave, but of all those on the dock for a new contract, Barr was the least impressive of those in 2016.

    Hopefully Barr will return to form this year, but he disappeared far too often last season.

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