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Vikings' Kyle Rudolph: Gets five-year offer
Rudolph confirmed he's been offered a five-year extension, Chris Tomasson of The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Any extension would lower Rudolph's $7.625 million cap hit, freeing up some much-needed space for the Vikings. Rumors of a potential trade or release gained steam after the team drafted Irv Smith Jr. at No. 50 overall, though history suggests it isn't wise to count on major contributions from a rookie tight end. Rudolph is participating in voluntary OTA practices and remains optimistic an agreement will be reached before training camp, but he did mention that he's been informed of other teams having interest in a trade.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Hercules Mata'afa: Back healthy for OTAs
Mata'afa has fully recovered from a torn ACL he suffered in OTAs last season, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
After joining the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Washington State, Mata'afa made a positive impression in workouts before tearing his ACL in June. The Vikings toyed with using the undersized Mata'afa (6-foot-2, 254 pounds) at linebacker before his injury, but he's back to playing defensive tackle as he prepares for the 2019 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Chad Beebe: Active during OTAs
Beebe saw reps with the Vikings' first-team offense during Wednesday's practice, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Beebe looks to be back in order after dealing with a hamstring injury that pestered him throughout the 2018 season. His standing with the first-team offense means little at this stage in the offseason -- especially without Stefon Diggs in attendance -- but Beebe at least seems to be in the mix for the No. 3 job behind Diggs and Adam Thielen.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Laquon Treadwell: Working with second-team offense
Treadwell was working with the second-team offense Wednesday during OTAs, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Even with Stefon Diggs skipping voluntary workouts, less-proven commodities in Chad Beebe and Jordan Taylor have been working ahead of Treadwell, who's entering the final season of his rookie contract. There's still time for Treadwell to work his way back up the depth chart, but the Vikings have already seen plenty of what the 2016 first-round pick has to offer at this point, and the returns haven't been encouraging.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Linval Joseph: Limited in OTAs
Coach Mike Zimmer said Joseph didn't participate in team drills during OTAs on Wednesday because the defensive lineman underwent offseason surgery, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Joseph dealt with knee, shoulder and ankle issues during the 2018 season, but the nature of his surgery isn't known. It's also uncertain that the 30-year-old will be ready to roll when the Vikings begin training camp in July.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Pat Elflein: Moving to guard
Elflein is serving as the left guard in the wake of Minnesota's first-round selection of Garrett Bradbury, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
With Bradbury most comfortable at center, Elflein will shift over a spot to accommodate the newcomer. Elflein is still viewed as a likely starter during the upcoming campaign.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Tashawn Bower: Sheds walking boot
Bower (foot) has shed his walking boot but isn't participating in OTAs, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Bower presumably remains on the mend from an unspecified ankle/lower-body injury he suffered sometime during the 2018 campaign. The sooner he can return to the field, the better his odds will be of securing a roster spot ahead of Week 1.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' David Morgan: Not practicing during OTAs
Morgan isn't participating in OTAs, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
The report doesn't specify a reason for Morgan's absence, but it's possible that he underwent offseason surgery to address the knee injury that plagued him throughout the 2018 season. It's not clear when he's expected to resume practicing in full.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Brian O'Neill: Missing offseason workouts
O'Neill isn't participating in the Vikings' OTAs, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
It isn't clear what sort of injury is causing O'Neill's absence, though the 2018 second-round pick did miss time with a concussion late in his rookie season.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Mike Hughes: Not ready for OTAs
Hughes (knee) hasn't been participating in OTAs, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Hughes was in attendance at the Vikings' facility Wednesday, but was limited to working out on the side as part of his rehab, according to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It isn't clear when the 2018 first-round pick will be ready to take the field in live drills for the first time since tearing his ACL last October.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Stefon Diggs: Skipping offseason program
Diggs wasn't in attendance Wednesday for the Vikings' OTAs, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Diggs was the only healthy Vikings player not present and it's believed that he missed most, if not all, of the offseason program. The 25-year-old will enter the first season of the five-year, $72 million contract extension he inked last summer. The Vikings will open their mandatory minicamp June 11.... See More ... See Less
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