Vikings G.M. doesn’t mind writing big checks

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The Vikings have spent plenty of money already this offseason, most of it going to quarterback Kirk Cousins.

There’s more money to spend, with deals for more young stars on the horizon.

That had General Manager Rick Spielman laughing with attendees at the team’s charity golf tournament.

Fifty percent of the proceeds today will go to the contracts of Anthony Barr, Stefon Diggs and Danielle Hunter,’’ Spielman joked, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Of course, the charitable arm of the team and the football side dip out of separate pots, but Spielman knows he’s about to have to write some big checks, and soon.

“It’s a good problem to have, but we have a very high-priced roster right now,’’ Spielman said. “And eventually some of those guys are going to get aged out, just like we had some of our other Pro Bowlers, . . . and you have to replace them.’’

They already have six players with cap numbers over $10 million a year, and two more topping $8 million. That’s going to cause them to adjust elsewhere on the roster.

“The hardest thing right now is the economic structure on our team where we have all these high-priced guys now because they all deserve to get paid the way they’ve been playing,’’ Spielman said. “But economically, we’re not going to go out there, you can’t play fantasy football and have $3 (million), $4 (million) or $5 million backup guys. Those are going to be the young guys that we’ve drafted or we’ve developed.’’

Spending big on Cousins was an all-in proposition for a team that was very good, and very close a year ago. But those economic realities Spielman mentioned will naturally shorten the window for a veteran team, and creates pressure to hit on draft picks so they have cost-controlled contributors on the roster as well.

66 responses to “Vikings G.M. doesn’t mind writing big checks

  1. My father used to say that it’s always easy to be a nice guy with someone else’s money.

  2. It is a good problem to have. Have lots of talented players you want to sign…vs a lot of non talented players where you have to think “Who do we have to keep?”

  3. You have to boil it down a bit, but he’s saying writing checks is the easy part, and the real work comes in drafting and developing. The Seahawks forgot about that for a minute, I’m glad they seem to have remembered it now.

    Still think Cousins was a mistake though. Meep Keenum and draft a project, round out the depth with the savings. I think that could have kept their window open for 5-6 years. As is, I feel like they made it a 2-3 year window.

  4. The Cousins deal isn’t that crazy considering its only a 3 year contract. Too much for what he brings to the team but the Vikings have the cap room now. They still don’t really have a franchise QB that will carry the team for the next decade (or even 5 years). They have given themselves a small window to win with their roster and Cousins. Still favor the Packers.

  5. Like many, I’m curious to see how all of this pans out with putting that much money on Kirk Cousins. Writing big checks to big free agents always sounds good, but certainly doesn’t always mean you are going to win.

    PS. 38-7

  6. Kirk has put up huge numbers on bad teams. Football is a team sport. So did Drew Brees when he played for the Chargers and had a losing record. Case never put up big numbers until he came to the Vikings, same with Bradford.

    The real thing is…nobody knows how Kirk will do on the Vikings. It’s possible he could have played bad because of bad supporting casts. QB’s like Drew Brees have missed the playoffs in NO because of bottom talent on Defense and O-line.

    As a Vikings fan…I think it’s worth a shot. Case Keenum played good, but if you watched him all year….some of those throws…were ugly but somehow didn’t get intercepted. Regardless of records….I like Kirk’s skills more. I just hope they did enough with the Offensive Line to protect him. Honestly out of all the QB’s we had…I wish Bradford could have stayed healthy. That guy had special arm talent…but that knee. Such a shame.

  7. Spending a ridiculous amount of money on a guy who’s never won a playoff game, when you could’ve spent a considerable amount less on a guy who just carried your team to the NFC championship game is a “good problem to have”? You could afford to pay Barr and Diggs what they are worth if you had just kept the best qb you’ve had in the last 30+ years…

  8. nhpats says:

    June 11, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Did this guy ever look at Cousins’ record against winning teams?
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    Dude, consider this dead horse officially beaten!

    You know what I find really funny is that the argument on here has been for awhile that it is TEAM game when talking of how many SB titles have……

    except when it comes to Cousins…then HE has a losing record against winning teams.

    SO which is it? Team wins or QB wins? Please pick a side of the fence. Or are you posters just going to continue to be hypocritical per usual?

  9. Vikings have put themselves in great cap shape to be able to sign Cousins and players to extensions. They are still 17.3 mil under the cap for 2018, 31.9 mil under the cap for 2019 and 56.1 mil under the cap for 2020 even with cousins and all the big extensions they have given. Plenty of room to sign Diggs, Barr and Hunter. They key will be to continue to draft and develop well. Luckily they have a good coaching staff now that has been able to do that whereas the previous regime fell short. The fact that they have 10 picks in the 2019 draft in clouding extra 3rd and 4th rounders from trades and upcoming compensatory picks is big for them given that they won’t really be able to sign any high priced back ups.

  10. The sad truth is this: Vikings defense is good but not dominant. They got exposed by good offenses last year. And the Vikings offensive line is 2 years removed from being the worst in the NFL. The run game is dependant on a guy with 4 games experience and a surgically repaired knee in cook, and the underwhelming Latavius Murray.

    The Vikings have more pressure on them than any other team because of the lack of a championship. And they are not very good. They over achieved last year. I’m betting they’ll finish somewhere around 9-7 next year.

  11. schmokes says:

    June 11, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Spending a ridiculous amount of money on a guy who’s never won a playoff game, when you could’ve spent a considerable amount less on a guy who just carried your team to the NFC championship game is a “good problem to have”? You could afford to pay Barr and Diggs what they are worth if you had just kept the best qb you’ve had in the last 30+ years…

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    Kirk Cousin’s has been in one playoff game and loss…Case Keenum has been in one playoff game…and needed a miracle to win it. These guy’s playoff records are almost identical and only separated by a once in a life time miracle play. lol. Cousin’s lost his playoff game because his defense allowed Aaron Rodgers to do whatever he wanted. This argument doesn’t even make sense. If you actually watched all of the Vikings games, against all of Kirk Cousin’s footage, Cousin’s is the better QB period. Case never was good until he played for the Vikings.

    Best QB in 30 years? Please…I consider Bradford better when he stays healthy and has an offensive line. Favre was better, Coulpepper was better. Case played good….but he had a decent O-line…the best WR tandem in the league…good run game, and the NFL’s best Defense. It’s hard to not win at least 10 games with that formula.

  12. Vikings D got exposed by Eagles. Trap them and use their overly-aggressive tendencies against them. Too many teams played conservatively against this defense, when blueprint is really to attack, attack, attack…deep.

  13. They said exactly the same thing about Tarkenton. He put up great numbers during his first stint with the Vikings and then with the Giants. Both teams were lousy. He had a record of 60-80 (a winning percentage of a pathetic 428%) with no playoffs wins after 11 years.

    After he was traded back to the Vikings, his record was 64-27 (703%) with three Super Bowls and many playoff wins. Even a great quarterback cant make a lousy team a contender. Ask Archie Manning.

  14. jefferee101 says:

    June 11, 2018 at 9:28 am

    The sad truth is this: Vikings defense is good but not dominant. They got exposed by good offenses last year. And the Vikings offensive line is 2 years removed from being the worst in the NFL. The run game is dependant on a guy with 4 games experience and a surgically repaired knee in cook, and the underwhelming Latavius Murray.

    The Vikings have more pressure on them than any other team because of the lack of a championship. And they are not very good. They over achieved last year. I’m betting they’ll finish somewhere around 9-7 next year.

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    How is the #1 defense not dominant? They are also the best 3rd defense in NFL history. The Vikings defense has also been a top 5 unit the last 3 years. The only game’s they did bad in were the Eagles game and maybe the Panthers game. They only let two teams get above 25 points all year. They have Diggs and Theilan who were rated the #1 WR duo last year. I agree we don’t know how good Cook could be yet, but he looked pretty impressive. They might have overachieved a bit…going 13-3 is not easy. But I only see them going 9-7 if serious injuries to the Offense Line mount. I think they win 10- 11 games probably.

  15. Best run organization in the NFC and it obviously annoys many of the posters above. We have the money to sign the players we want to keep. All the article is saying is the obvious, backups won’t be getting 3-5 million/year. The window is wide open for the length of Cousins contract and if successful, Cousins has already said he wants to stay with the Vikings. Outside of Griffen and Joseph, our stars are young, so I see a window of at least a decade. If the Vikings were my competition, I’d be scared and hate them for their excellence as well.

  16. Keenum did a fantastic job but it’s not like keeping him would have been some big bargain. He was going to, and did, get $20M.

    Dumpster fire? Come on.

  17. Agree with @ajzinnicker. Bradford could have had a season for the ages. He has a rare ability to throw the ball. His knee is just gone. A player like Cousins being available is also rare. He has the ability to take the pressure off of his defense. He has never had a defense that takes pressure off of him. It will be very interesting.

  18. jefferee101 says:

    The sad truth is this: Vikings defense is good but not dominant. They got exposed by good offenses last year.
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    The truth is, the Vikings defense held the #1 scoring offense in the NFL (LA Rams – 29.9 points per game average) to 7 points.

    No other team in the NFL held the Rams to a single digit point total. And it’s not like the Rams were in a slump when they played the Vikings – the 4 games before they met the Rams scored 27, 33, 51 and 33 points. In the 4 games after they scored 26, 32, 42 and 35 points.

  19. Let’s say for the sake of argument that the Vikings can’t keep all of their players and one or two have to leave because they can’t afford them. How did they get all these good players in the first place? Luck? Spielman drafted most of these guys with input from Zimmer and last I looked, both of those guys are still here. You lose a high-priced veteran, you replace him with a cheaper guy you drafted. A Super Bowl “window” is only relevant when a team has a bunch of older guys whose performance is about to drop off (copyright 2009 Vikings) but the Vikings are full of young stars. If they continue to add talent each year like they have been, the window should stay open as long as Spielman and Zimmer are here.

  20. The truth is, the Vikings defense held the #1 scoring offense in the NFL (LA Rams – 29.9 points per game average) to 7 points.
    No other team in the NFL held the Rams to a single digit point total.
    ___________

    Congratulations?

  21. The fact that they have 10 picks in the 2019 draft in clouding extra 3rd and 4th rounders from trades and upcoming compensatory picks is big for them
    ____________________

    Cheese says you can’t count on any of those ten picks making a positive impact in 2019.

  22. nhpats says:
    June 11, 2018 at 10:34 am
    The truth is that with Rogers back the Vikings won’t even win their division
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    If anyone won’t repeat as division champs it will be the Patriots. Their time will end with a massive Thud.

  23. Alan Light says:
    June 11, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Best run organization in the NFC and it obviously annoys many of the posters above.
    _________________________

    Yes, we are just so annoyed that this organization is so well run, the Barneys finally won their first playoff game of the decade and it only took a last play miracle, missed tackle to accomplish that amazing feat.

    Also, to the poster that stated that the Vikings defense was the 3rd best in NFL history, thanks for the laugh, and once again, illustrating why the Barneys are the most delusional fan base in the NFL.
    Please, never change, you guys are truly precious.

  24. nhpats says:
    June 11, 2018 at 10:34 am
    The truth is that with Rogers back the Vikings won’t even win their division
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    Really? I believe Minnesota plays the Packers only twice a year, once at home and once at Lambeau. He’s not a lock to stay healthy all year or win the division.

  25. If Speilman has a weakness (as evidenced by his track record), it’s finding a QB. It cost him his job in Miami and he is about to find out, history repeats itself. Cousins played the Vikings like a fine-tuned piano, Spielman sensed Cousins was about to walk and spent way more than he needed to and much of it guaranteed. Cousins isn’t that great of a QB but he has proven to be a master negotiator. First, he fleeced the Redskins for Franchise level money and when that ran its course, he found the one GM who doesn’t know anything about QB’s and got him to fund his personal retirement account.

  26. This game is very strange when it comes to QB’s I have seen a QB be great for a couple years then sink into the Tar Pits, never to start again. It proves this is a team sport. Keenum made too many mistakes, See Eagles INT when he should have thrown it away) instead of a FG it ended up in a TD for the Eagles a 10 point swing. and if you look at the tapes he only looked as good as he did from hitting wide open receiver who had to make Circus catches! If Keenum was the guy he would have hit them (especially #19) in stride, so many of those 10-15 yard gains should have been TD passes. Keenum tanked with goog defenses, when the Saints figured coverage in the 2nd half, Keenum was worthless.

  27. whatjusthapped says:
    June 11, 2018 at 1:44 pm
    If Speilman has a weakness (as evidenced by his track record), it’s finding a QB.
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    Are you talking about the one that was 22 years old and won the division at Lambeau and basically won a playoff game in his 2nd year? Or the one that set a record for completion percentage with a destroyed O line? Or the 3rd string one he found on the scrap heap for $2 million that took them to the NFCC?

  28. The money all comes from a bank account in New Jersey because the people of MN can’t afford an NFL team. And before New Jersey, the money had to come from San Antonio.

  29. filthymcnasty3 says:
    June 11, 2018 at 3:52 pm
    The money all comes from a bank account in New Jersey because the people of MN can’t afford an NFL team. And before New Jersey, the money had to come from San Antonio.

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    I have a three year old and Colton makes more sense than you. What are you talking about?

  30. Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 11, 2018 at 2:45 pm
    whatjusthapped says:
    June 11, 2018 at 1:44 pm
    If Speilman has a weakness (as evidenced by his track record), it’s finding a QB.
    ———————————————
    Are you talking about the one that was 22 years old and won the division at Lambeau and basically won a playoff game in his 2nd year? Or the one that set a record for completion percentage with a destroyed O line? Or the 3rd string one he found on the scrap heap for $2 million that took them to the NFCC?
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    Bridgewater didn’t win the division at 22 yrs. old at Lambeau. He went 10-19 in that game with an INT and 99 yards. It was the defense and AP that year that led the Vikings and took TB along for the ride.

    The one who dinked and dunked his way to the NFC completion percentage record took a team that was 11-5 the year before and magically made them 8-8 and out of the playoffs. Spielman gave up a first rounder to get an oft-injured QB and after he made a playoff team 8-8 the following year, he played in only 2 games for the Vikings in 2017.

    Keenum was nothing more than a stroke of luck- a career back-up. Because if Spielman knew he would perform the way he did, he would have at least let him compete for the starting job, let alone start over Bradford.

  31. Truth, i say cheese eaters are delusional for expecting a rookie to make an impact. It hardly happens but the Packers are counting on a rookie corner to come in and save the day because there is no other option at this point and cheese eater are talking like that has already happened.🧀

  32. Waffle eater, the guy referencing the 3rd Best left out the word down. He meant Best 3rd down defense. But you’re not that dumb and changed his words so you could rip him.
    Besides what happened to you and Tokyo crying last week for mean Viking fans picking on Packer fans who were just being excited about their team? 😐
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    minnesotanskeepitinthefamily says:
    June 5, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    No, waffle…
    We are delusional because we hope for the best. Only the Vikings fans are allowed to be optimistic for this season

  33. Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 11, 2018 at 2:45 pm
    whatjusthapped says:
    June 11, 2018 at 1:44 pm
    If Speilman has a weakness (as evidenced by his track record), it’s finding a QB.
    ———————————————

    Are you talking about the one that was 22 years old and won the division at Lambeau and basically won a playoff game in his 2nd year? Or the one that set a record for completion percentage with a destroyed O line? Or the 3rd string one he found on the scrap heap for $2 million that took them to the NFCC?

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    Odd. When you talk about that 22 year old that won the division at Lambeau, was it the 99 yards of passing, the 0 tds or the int. he threw that beat the Packers that day?
    The one, who in actuality, NEVER won a playoff game.
    Just asking for a friend.

    One of my favorite Spieldope moments must have been when he splurged a 1st and 4th round draft pick for an oft injured QB that played just 17 games, and led his team to a 3rd place finish in the division.

    But his lack of foresight in not having a rostered QB this offseason, forcing the organization to outbid the Jets to sign what is effectively the 3rd best signal caller in the NFC North to the largest guarantee in NFL history, that has to be his biggest crime.

  34. frank booth says:
    June 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Bridgewater didn’t win the division at 22 yrs. old at Lambeau. He went 10-19 in that game with an INT and 99 yards. It was the defense and AP that year that led the Vikings and took TB along for the ride.

    The one who dinked and dunked his way to the NFC completion percentage record took a team that was 11-5 the year before and magically made them 8-8 and out of the playoffs. Spielman gave up a first rounder to get an oft-injured QB and after he made a playoff team 8-8 the following year, he played in only 2 games for the Vikings in 2017.

    Keenum was nothing more than a stroke of luck- a career back-up. Because if Spielman knew he would perform the way he did, he would have at least let him compete for the starting job, let alone start over Bradford.
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    So Bridgewater wasn’t the reason they won, Bradford was the reason they lost and Keenum was dumb luck. Got it.
    Well you cheesers better start working on excuses for Cousins sweeping your team this year. Can’t wait to hear it.

  35. papathorson says:
    June 11, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Even a great quarterback cant make a lousy team a contender. Ask Archie Manning.

    ________________

    Hey now, a statement like this is considered blasphemy in Barneyland.
    I mean, how else can you explain over 25 years of inexplicable success for the Packers if you can’t rant and cry about how they’ve won the QB lottery.

  36. Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 11, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    So Bridgewater wasn’t the reason they won, Bradford was the reason they lost and Keenum was dumb luck. Got it.
    Well you cheesers better start working on excuses for Cousins sweeping your team this year. Can’t wait to hear it.
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    You know what, you’re right. The Vikings 6th ranked defense and the return of AP to lead the league in rushing and rushing TD’s had nothing to do with the Vikings going from 7-9 to 11-5 even though Bridgewater played essentially the same in both years. And it wasn’t the defensive TD or the Peterson TD that won the game in Lambeau in 2015- it was TB and his INT and passing for under 100 yards that really won that game.

    And it was a smart move for Spielman to trade a first rounder for a QB with 2 major knee injuries who couldn’t even beat out a rookie QB in Philadelphia when he didn’t have the horses in MN to get them past 8-8.

    Spielman was so visionary about Keenum that he didn’t even sign him a couple of weeks into free agency. If he knew (or anyone else knew) how Keenum was going to perform, wouldn’t he have signed him immediately, let him compete for the starting job, and sign him to more than a one-year contract at a really low rate?

  37. cheeseisfattening says:
    June 11, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Besides what happened to you and Tokyo crying last week for mean Viking fans picking on Packer fans who were just being excited about their team? 😐
    __________________

    I don’t believe I’ve ever cried about Barney fans being too mean, if I have, please, point it out with my own statements.
    I do believe you’re all somewhat disturbed and psychotic the way you gleefully cheer and celebrate other players getting hurt and injured.

  38. wafflestomp says:
    June 11, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    But his lack of foresight in not having a rostered QB this offseason, forcing the organization to outbid the Jets to sign what is effectively the 3rd best signal caller in the NFC North to the largest guarantee in NFL history, that has to be his biggest crime.
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    Actually the Jets were ready to offer him over $30 million a year but never got the chance. Cousins wanted to play for a class organization and raise his family in the Midwest so he took less money. Which is very unfortunate for the rest of the division. Do you like being wrong all of the time since you’re so good at it?

  39. If Cousins’ wanted to play for a class organization, why would he play for people like the Wilf family? Is breaking civil state racketeering laws in order to commit fraud and cheat your former business partners the definition of class?

  40. Packer Fans getting pretty mouthy again.. We will see after sweeping you this year, but Budweiser does make for boasting.
    Rick has done a Masterful job on FA.. As a matter of fact the Packers have mimicked them after dumping their GM last year.. Their HC will be done after this year!
    SKOL..

  41. frank booth says:
    June 11, 2018 at 8:36 pm
    If Cousins’ wanted to play for a class organization, why would he play for people like the Wilf family? Is breaking civil state racketeering laws in order to commit fraud and cheat your former business partners the definition of class?
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    On June 1st three appellate court judges shot down the original findings of the idiot superior court judge who railroaded the Wilfs and had no clue about due process and actual law. But nice try.

  42. Dominant defenses pad their stats in the post season. Good teams pad their stats in the regular season. Remind how good that “dominant” defense was in their 2 post season games again? Ill tell you… Just good enough vs.Saints and terrible vs. Philly is how they did.

  43. Case Keenum was a good quarterback for the Vikings in 2017, but Kirk Cousins will, in the long run, be more reliable and consistent, both over the course of the regular season and in terms of playoff potential. It’s hard not to like this move for an offense that already ranked 11th overall after having Keenum at the helm for most of last year. And I think Minnesota made a good contingency move in acquiring backup QB Trevor Siemian. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen offer serious playmaking ability, but the receiver depth chart beyond those two is probably the weakest part of this team. Having Dalvin Cook healthy for a full season at running back will only further enhance this attack. As for the No. 1 ranked defense, adding Sheldon Richardson — who has proven Pro Bowl talent — is almost unfair. – Gil Brandt rated the Vikings at 4 in his top ten heading into the 2018 season. Spielman has done a good job drafting players.

  44. Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 11, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    On June 1st three appellate court judges shot down the original findings of the idiot superior court judge who railroaded the Wilfs and had no clue about due process and actual law. But nice try.
    ________________________________

    “In an unpublished decision, three judges of the Appellate Division have rejected many of the trial judge’s incorrect factual findings and legal rulings against the Wilfs. The intermediate appellate court reduced the Wilfs’ financial obligation in this case by more than 70%.”

    The above from the Wilf’s attorney statement. You forgot the “many of”. And the 30M+ of liability the judges agreed with. Despite the “railroading” the poor Wilf’s endured…

  45. You’re skewing what happened there quite a bit. The appellate court disagreed with several items and reduced the award in the case. Also, I severely doubt that the judge had no clue about due process and law. Unless you read the actual court files, it’s not clear what drove the opinions of the appellate court. You would think that if the Wilf’s had nothing wrong, the award would have been completely set aside.

  46. wafflestomp says:
    June 11, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    But his lack of foresight in not having a rostered QB this offseason, forcing the organization to outbid the Jets to sign what is effectively the 3rd best signal caller in the NFC North to the largest guarantee in NFL history, that has to be his biggest crime.

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    How is Cousin’s the third best signal caller? We don’t even know how good he can really be a decent team. And is Stafford really better? Is he? Sure he’s got a stronger arm, but I’m pretty sure he has losing record to, and has never won a playoff game. He’s also had way more talent throughout his career. He had Calvin Johnson for most of his career. Who wouldn’t be able to throw to him? Golden Tate is an awesome receiver. So I don’t get why Stafford is already automatically better when he has accomplished about the same? The only obvious thing is…Rodgers is the best.

  47. frank booth says:

    June 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 11, 2018 at 2:45 pm
    whatjusthapped says:
    June 11, 2018 at 1:44 pm
    If Speilman has a weakness (as evidenced by his track record), it’s finding a QB.
    ———————————————
    Are you talking about the one that was 22 years old and won the division at Lambeau and basically won a playoff game in his 2nd year? Or the one that set a record for completion percentage with a destroyed O line? Or the 3rd string one he found on the scrap heap for $2 million that took them to the NFCC?
    ==========================================================================================
    Bridgewater didn’t win the division at 22 yrs. old at Lambeau. He went 10-19 in that game with an INT and 99 yards. It was the defense and AP that year that led the Vikings and took TB along for the ride.

    The one who dinked and dunked his way to the NFC completion percentage record took a team that was 11-5 the year before and magically made them 8-8 and out of the playoffs. Spielman gave up a first rounder to get an oft-injured QB and after he made a playoff team 8-8 the following year, he played in only 2 games for the Vikings in 2017.

    Keenum was nothing more than a stroke of luck- a career back-up. Because if Spielman knew he would perform the way he did, he would have at least let him compete for the starting job, let alone start over Bradford.

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    The Vikings went 8-8 because of a historic amount of injuries to the Offensive Line and having the worst run game in the NFL as a result. Bradford played great that year for having zero protection. Get your facts right. If Bradford could have stayed healthy I liked him the best. Fantastic arm talent.

  48. Oh… I get it.

    The Vikings went 8-8 because of injuries. When the Packers go 7-9 it isn’t because of injuries, it’s because they’re a terrible team.

    That makes perfect sense…

  49. ajzinnecker says:
    June 12, 2018 at 7:55 am

    The Vikings went 8-8 because of a historic amount of injuries to the Offensive Line and having the worst run game in the NFL as a result. Bradford played great that year for having zero protection. Get your facts right. If Bradford could have stayed healthy I liked him the best. Fantastic arm talent.
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    While there were injury problems on the O-line, they weren’t “historic”. The Patriots O-line was in an even bigger state of flux that season, and they ended up winning the Super Bowl instead of whining about “historic” injuries.

    Plenty of other arms in the league as good or better than Bradford- and most of those guys have good knees.

  50. frank booth says:

    June 12, 2018 at 10:44 am

    ajzinnecker says:
    June 12, 2018 at 7:55 am

    The Vikings went 8-8 because of a historic amount of injuries to the Offensive Line and having the worst run game in the NFL as a result. Bradford played great that year for having zero protection. Get your facts right. If Bradford could have stayed healthy I liked him the best. Fantastic arm talent.
    ============================================================================================================================================================================
    While there were injury problems on the O-line, they weren’t “historic”. The Patriots O-line was in an even bigger state of flux that season, and they ended up winning the Super Bowl instead of whining about “historic” injuries.

    Plenty of other arms in the league as good or better than Bradford- and most of those guys have good knees.

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    The VIkings lost every starter on their line that year. EVERY starter. I really doubt the Patriots lost their whole line. The Vikings were playing practice squad players on their line.
    The Vikings also were paying a lot of money to Khalil and Peterson who were on IR, and had no cap space to get anyone else.

    They were so desperate for Offensive Lineman they brought a guy out of retirement. I really doubt actually watched the Vikings to see how bad that line was.

    The Patriots play in like the worst division of football and a weak conference. Even on a bad year, they will most likely make it far. Terrible comparison.

  51. Lutefiskisfattening says:

    June 12, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Oh… I get it.

    The Vikings went 8-8 because of injuries. When the Packers go 7-9 it isn’t because of injuries, it’s because they’re a terrible team.

    That makes perfect sense…

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    The Packers went 7-9 because of injuries. Aaron Rodgers was injured, he is the only reason the Packers have a chance.

  52. ajzinnecker says:
    June 12, 2018 at 11:34 am
    Lutefiskisfattening says:

    June 12, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Oh… I get it.

    The Vikings went 8-8 because of injuries. When the Packers go 7-9 it isn’t because of injuries, it’s because they’re a terrible team.

    That makes perfect sense…

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    The Packers went 7-9 because of injuries. Aaron Rodgers was injured, he is the only reason the Packers have a chance.
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    And Thank You, for perfectly illustrating the reason every other fan base in the NFL makes fun of yours.
    Delusional till the end!

  53. I was wrong. It was the 2015 Patriots that had the massive line problem where at one point they were starting 3 rookies on the line and still went 12-4. Two were 4th round picks and was an undrafted free agent. They made it to the conference championship game. In 2016 for the Vikings, Alex Boone started 14 games. Using the division and conference as an excuse is about as weak as it gets. Alex Boone still started 14 games, and Joe Berger started all 16 and was an upgrade and played very well in 2016. The Broncos, out of the weak AFC, won the Super Bowl that year, and the AFC had a winning regular season against NFC teams (of course you’d need more information to support which was the stronger league that season). Why do the Vikings get a pass for injuries when other teams don’t?

    Sam Bradford was such an arm talent that he was available for trade since he couldn’t start over a rookie.

  54. ajzinnecker says:
    June 12, 2018 at 11:34 am
    Lutefiskisfattening says:
    June 12, 2018 at 10:12 am
    Oh… I get it.
    The Vikings went 8-8 because of injuries. When the Packers go 7-9 it isn’t because of injuries, it’s because they’re a terrible team.
    That makes perfect sense…
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    The Packers went 7-9 because of injuries. Aaron Rodgers was injured, he is the only reason the Packers have a chance.

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    Ohhhhhh. That’s right. Aaron Rodgers is the only person on the Packers to be injured last year. Now I remember.

  55. I can see them possibly jettisoning Everson Griffen and Kyle Rudolph after this season. I think they’re fantastic players, but age and price catch up with everyone.

    We already know it will be Robison’s last year, although I can’t imagine his cap hit is that extreme.

  56. I don’t believe that resigning Diggs is a sure thing ~ I love the guy but he has averaged missing 2+ games a season going all the way back to his freshman year of college ~

    Don’t sleep on Kendall Wright who has a 1000+ yard season under his belt and gained almost 700 yards with the mess the Bears had at QB last season as the slot WR ~ If he has an 800+ yard season this year with Cousins throwing him the ball he might just be the guy that gets resigned ~

    I won’t even bring up Treadwell ~ But I’m hoping ~ LOL

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