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Ben Ellefson announces his retirement

Vikings tight end Ben Ellefson has decided to bring his playing career to an end.Ellefson announced his retirement in a message posted to his Instagram account on Thursday. Ellefson wrote that he’s “been blessed on my path to have people who believed in me” and said that injuries contributed to his decision to walk away [more]

Irv Smith finding his groove with Bengals

The Bengals signed Irv Smith Jr. to be their starting tight end, replacing Hayden Hurst. Smith has not disappointed thus far.Quarterback Joe Burrow has noted Smith’s work ethic in the film room alongside tight ends coach James Casey, with Smith pushing the younger tight ends. “A lot of hard work has been put in behind [more]

Kevin O’Connell: Been really good to see Alexander Mattison take on three-down role

The Vikings have not settled running back Dalvin Cook‘s status for the 2023 season at this point in the offseason, but the team took his picture out of their Twitter header and replaced it with one of Alexander Mattison.Mattison has been the No. 2 back with Cook in recent years and this offseason has given [more]

Vikings’ contract structure could complicate Justin Jefferson deal

Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson‘s absence from offseason workouts isn’t accidental. He wants a new contract. He has earned a new contract. And he has no reason to show up without one.The Vikings obviously want to give him a contract. The sticking points will be the amount and the structure.When it comes to new money, Jefferson [more]

Lawyers representing Brett Favre, Shannon Sharpe don’t seem to be getting along

In any piece of litigation, it’s important to balance the zealous representation of a client with the ability to work cooperatively with the other side’s lawyer.As to the defamation lawsuit filed by Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre against Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe, the lawyers don’t seem to be getting along.The evidence [more]

Jordan Addison not practicing because of unspecified injury

Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell spent time with receiver Jordan Addison on the side during Tuesday’s work. The first-round draft pick is not participating in on-field work in the organized team activities.O’Connell wouldn’t reveal the injury but deemed it as minor.“We’re being overly cautious with him right now,” O’Connell said, via Will Ragatz of [more]

Kevin O’Connell hopes to see Justin Jefferson as soon as possible

Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell said earlier this month that there was no timetable in place when it came to a contract extension for wide receiver Justin Jefferson, but that he was optimistic that a deal would come together before Jefferson’s fourth season.Jefferson has not been taking part in the team’s voluntary workouts and their [more]

Vikings to host practices with Titans, Cardinals

The Vikings will be welcoming a pair of their preseason opponents to their facility for joint practices this summer.Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell announced at a Tuesday press conference that the Titans and Cardinals will both practice with the team ahead of preseason games. The Vikings host the Titans in their second preseason game and [more]

Kevin O’Connell looking for Vikings players to take personal leadership to the next level

The Vikings kicked off the offseason by releasing linebacker Eric Kendricks and wide receiver Adam Thielen in moves that foreshadowed further veteran departures once free agency got underway.Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson and cornerback Patrick Peterson moved on to other teams in March while edge rusher Za’Darius Smith was traded to the Browns this month. There’s [more]

Brian Flores wants Vikings’ defense to develop an identity as aggressive but not reckless

In his first few months as the Vikings’ defensive coordinator, Brian Flores has been at work explaining to his players what kind of identity he wants his defense to have.“I think building an identity is a big part of playing defense,” Flores said, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I try to impart that to [more]

After three stints in concussion protocol, Akayleb Evans changing what he can to avoid any more

Vikings cornerback Akayleb Evans had three stints in concussion protocol during an eight-week period last season. The team ended his rookie season after the third, placing him on injured reserve Dec. 7.Evans, though, is not concerned about a premature end to his career.“I haven’t really thought about it like that,” Evans said, via Kevin Seifert [more]

Lewis Cine: I feel like I’m a better player, person having gone through injury rehab

Vikings safety Lewis Cine‘s took another step forward on the path back to the playing field this week.Cine is working with the team at their OTAs as he continues to recover from the compound fracture of his leg that he suffered in Week Four last season. The 2022 first-round pick missed the rest of the [more]

Vikings stadium will be paid off before 2023 season begins

The Vikings can soon send the mortgage to Valhalla.According to Rochelle Olson of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a new tax bill will dramatically accelerate the process of paying off U.S. Bank Stadium.Before July 1, $377 million in bonds on the building will be retired, at a savings of $226 million in interest.The development is “great [more]

Adrian Peterson: Mentally, I haven’t officially hung it up

Adrian Peterson is retired, even if he isn’t ready to acknowledge it. He is 38, hasn’t played a game since 2021 and hasn’t played a full season since 2020. No one is calling the former running back. Peterson, though, still hasn’t closed the door on his 15-year career. “Mentally, I haven’t officially hung it up. [more]

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