Vikings considering an extension for Stephen Weatherly

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The Vikings know how to draft and develop pass rushers. The bigger challenge is finding a way to keep them around beyond their rookie deals.

They did it with Everson Griffen and then with Danielle Hunter. Next up for a long-term financial reward is Stephen Weatherly.

Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that both sides are willing to explore a contract that would supplant the final year of Weatherly’s seventh-round rookie deal. The 2016 draft pick is due to make $720,000 this season.

“If that’s what they want, by all means I’ll be down for [an extension],” Weatherly said, via Tomasson. “If they think I’m good enough to keep around, then that would be amazing. I was drafted in the seventh round and worked my way up. That would be a pretty good story to tell my kids one day.”

Agent Blake Baratz told Tomasson that there’s a chance an extension will happen.

“We’ve had some discussions,’’ Baratz said. “He definitely would like to be here. I know the Vikings want him here. They don’t have the most cap room in the league, so who knows if it will happen before this season, during this season, after this season? I don’t think there’s a timetable on it, but I think it makes sense for both parties. A lot of things have got to play out first, but I think it’s a desire on both parties.”

One of the things that will have to play out relates to cap space, because the Vikings currently have little more than $600,000 for 2019. But if the Vikings wait too long, Weatherly could end up getting even more expensive to keep around.

“The thing that Stephen, when he played last year, was he made a lot of plays,” coach Mike Zimmer said, via Tomasson. “He’s improved in a lot of areas. I anticipate that he’ll have a much larger role for us this year as we continue to go forward. He continues to get better. You can just see he’s much more confident in everything he’s doing.”

The 25-year-old Weatherly, who played college football at Vanderbilt, appeared in all 16 games last season, with six starts. He stepped up during Griffen’s absence, and Weatherly proved that he belongs at this level. Though he had only three sacks for the year, Weatherly became a solid complement to Hunter.

If the Vikings truly believe that Weatherly will continue to improve, now is the time to make him an offer that he can’t refuse. With a solid season in 2019, he’d be in position to refuse a lot more than what the Vikings would pay now, given that free agency or the franchise tag would be waiting for him.

33 responses to “Vikings considering an extension for Stephen Weatherly

  1. The Vikings have really been hitting home runs by paying a guy a year early rather than a year late. Weatherly should be another example of this.

  2. Weatherly has been a very nice surprise for Minnesota. This just shows that outside the first 2 rounds it is a crap shoot. Somehow Bill and the Patriots have a formula to pick these gems out of the crowd. The 49ers of the 80’s had a way of doing this to a lesser extent. Tom Brady has been a huge part of this and there is very little doubt he is the best QB in modern History, perhaps of all time. I had always thought Joe Montana was the best until Tommy Boy. I hope Minnesota can keep him.

  3. Wafflestomp says:
    June 9, 2019 at 1:20 pm
    Yes, please get this done! skoLOL!!!’
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    Part-time player who still had better numbers than most all of the packers regular d-lineman. At least the added the lowest wonderlic at the draft in Gary that will help.

  4. It’s almost as if the Vikings’ front office has no idea there’s this thing called a salary cap. They’re only $600,000 under this year and more than $3 million over the cap for next year.

  5. So two teams constitutes a journeyman to packer trolls. Then why are they so excited for all those journeymen they overpaid for on defense.

  6. cheeseisfattening says:
    June 9, 2019 at 2:51 pm
    Wow, just amazing they keep finding ways to do this early and stay ahead of the really big contracts.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Uh………earth to cheese; nothing has happened. Get back to us with your confetti-filled pockets when it does.

  7. He did quite well filling in for Griffen, especially for being a seventh rounder. The Vikings do a good job of developing their later round pics, especially on defense. Can’t wait to play the Packers in game two at Lambeau field. And the Bears against the Packers in the first game, another good game early on in the season. Gotta love the NFL.

  8. Weatherly is a nice story and a solid player. Every team seems to have a position they always seem to have great players/depth at. Chicago its LBs, Green Bay QBs, the Vikings seem to always have defensive line talent. The next great unknown to make it big time appears to be Hercules Mata’afa. He led the Pac 10 in sacks and TFLs and went undrafted. He blew out his ACL last year in OTA’s after being signed by the Vikings. He has put on 25 lbs and is now 275 and is still super explosive. No doubt he will make the team and could be a star in the next couple years.

  9. filthymcnasty3 says:
    June 9, 2019 at 3:23 pm
    This perpetually downtrodden franchise is really feeling the effects of that boat anchor of a contract they gave to a journeyman QB.

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    You know what journeyman means right?

  10. RMoss84HOF says:
    June 9, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Part-time player who still had better numbers than most all of the packers regular d-lineman. At least the added the lowest wonderlic at the draft in Gary that will help.
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    Who do you consider the` Packer’s Regular D-linemen last year? If you look at all the stats, the Packers only had 39 total starts on the D-line last year, with only two linemen getting eight or more starts. Due to injuries, the Packers played a lot of 4-2 fronts last year, with those two players playing more of a DT role where they were asked to take double-teams rather than make plays.

    As for Gary, you really want to insult someone for having dyslexia? He earned All Big Ten Academia honers two of his three years at Michigan.

  11. MNfaninIL:
    Absolutely, Mata’afa will definitely be someone to fun to watch, lots of potential there. He was outstanding at Washington State Univ. & Pac-12 Defense of Player of the Year.

  12. Vikings fans believe every move they make is the perfect move. Every draft pick is destined for the HOF. Every coach they get is the absolute best, until they get fired—then the coach must have been struck by lightning because they instantly become terrible.

    The problem with this logic is easy to see.

    They haven’t won it all one time, and they’re not close to being even a top 10 team, while being in cap hell.

    I’m betting on 0 for 75 at least.

  13. As for Gary, you really want to insult someone for having dyslexia? He earned All Big Ten Academia honers two of his three years at Michigan
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    Waffle, you make fun of people dying. You have no right to get upset for anything, anybody says in here.

  14. cheeseisfattening says:
    June 9, 2019 at 7:20 pm
    As for Gary, you really want to insult someone for having dyslexia? He earned All Big Ten Academia honers two of his three years at Michigan
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    Waffle, you make fun of people dying. You have no right to get upset for anything, anybody says in here.
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    A) I’m not Waffle.

    B) I’ve never made fun of anyone dying.

    C) I know some Packers fans have made jokes about Korey Stringer. I know some Vikings have have made cracks about Joe Philbin’s son and, more recently, even Bart Starr. I don’t approve of anyone doing anything of this nature.

  15. Weatherly is really good and would love to see him stick around for the next half decade, at least. But when they offered Thielen his deal before he totally blew up, which some may have seen as overpaying at the time ($4 mil a year?), as soon as he became a star they ripped up that contract and gave him a new one anyways. So, I don’t totally get how it makes cap sense to keep mulling over these “getting in on the ground floor” type deals when they ultimately don’t really save anything anyways, if things go as expected.

  16. As for Gary, you really want to insult someone for having dyslexia? He earned All Big Ten Academia honers two of his three years at Michigan
    ——-

    Honestly a “student” athlete having their grades inflated by a college is nothing new. Have you ever heard some of these former students talk – yeah they weren’t excelling in the classroom. Or were you mocking him by saying he earned “honers” and misspelling Academic. If you don’t like it don’t troll Vikings message boards.

  17. sikoix:
    Probably because the Vikes have an owner who is willing to spend money on the team. Does it create cap problems, yes, but they are rewarding players who work hard & produce. The problem I see is the salary cap is getting out of hand which raises prices on everything. There are far fewer games (ticket sales) in the NFL compared to other pro sports to pay these players, especially the QB’s.

  18. vikesfansarethedumbestfans says:
    June 9, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    As for Gary, you really want to insult someone for having dyslexia? He earned All Big Ten Academia honers two of his three years at Michigan.
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    Waffle you are crying about him making fun of Gary’s wonderlic while calling people dumb with your new changed name. Talk about no self awareness.

  19. vikesfansarethedumbestfans says:
    June 9, 2019 at 5:14 pm
    RMoss84HOF says:
    June 9, 2019 at 2:52 pm
    Part-time player who still had better numbers than most all of the packers regular d-lineman. At least the added the lowest wonderlic at the draft in Gary that will help.
    ————–
    Who do you consider the` Packer’s Regular D-linemen last year? If you look at all the stats, the Packers only had 39 total starts on the D-line last year, with only two linemen getting eight or more starts. Due to injuries, the Packers played a lot of 4-2 fronts last year, with those two players playing more of a DT role where they were asked to take double-teams rather than make plays.
    As for Gary, you really want to insult someone for having dyslexia? He earned All Big Ten Academia honers two of his three years at Michigan.
    ——

    Look at your childish screen name before you try to take a moral high road on anything.

  20. roger that says:
    June 9, 2019 at 8:08 pm
    sikoix:
    Probably because the Vikes have an owner who is willing to spend money on the team. Does it create cap problems, yes, but they are rewarding players who work hard & produce. The problem I see is the salary cap is getting out of hand which raises prices on everything. There are far fewer games (ticket sales) in the NFL compared to other pro sports to pay these players, especially the QB’s
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    i get all that, and i’m a viking fan and i’m glad to see these guys get paid. but they’ve got $600k in cap space, which is ridiculously little to work with months before the season even starts. there must be some cuts coming

  21. I am all for extending Weatherly just so he and his agent know it isn’t going to be a Hunter & Griffen type contract.

  22. This a good time to extend him. He could be on the verge of a breakout year, but so far his backup status and his body of work ( not his potential) doesn’t say STAR level dollars. Good chance to lock up a solid talent at a fair price. And if he out performs by a lot, they can renegotiate like they did Theilen.

  23. vikesfansarethedumbestfans says:

    Due to injuries, the Packers played a lot of 4-2 fronts last year…
    ###

    And your screen name claims that Vikes fans are the “dumbest”.

    A 4 – 2 front would have 4 players on the D line and 2 LB’s.

    Look in the mirror and you will truly see one of the dumbest fans in the NFL.

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