Vikings Continue To Tinker With Roster Following NFL Draft

The Minnesota Vikings had a pretty solid draft, but continue to tinker with their roster with lesser-known free agents.

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Vikings Free Agency: After Two Days, Minnesota Waives Kevin Murphy

Let's hope he didn't unpack his bags.

Two days after signing rookie offensive tackle Kevin Murphy, the Minnesota Vikings have waived him, according to NFL reporter Adam Caplan:

The Vikes picked up Murphy from the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, one day after he was waived.

Murphy was ranked as the No. 27 offensive tackle by NFLDraftScout.com.

It's been a busy week for the Vikings. They released wide receiver Kris Adams and signed Tyler Holmes, and then released Arkansas offensive tackle Jose Valdez in order to make room for Murphy. Minnesota also signed defensive end Nick Reed, who was first drafted in 2009, and released defensive end Kevin Cyrille.

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Minnesota Vikings Sign Newly Suspended Free Agent WR Jerome Simpson To One-Year Deal

Jerome Simpson is trending on Twitter right now, and there's definitely good reason for it.

Earlier on Tuesday it was announced that he was suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season due to violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Luckily for Simpson, it didn't hurt his free agency status for long, because the Minnesota Vikings have just signed him to a one-year deal. According to Fox's Jay Glazer:

Glazer's instant analysis of the deal is pretty spot on. The signing obviously comes with a fair amount of trepidation--Simpson is undoubtedly a talented player but he's had difficulty staying out of trouble. If he can stay on the field after his suspension is up and contribute, he's exactly the type of player that the Vikings need--a wide receiver that can stretch the field and make big plays. (Exhibit A: his ridiculous front flip into the end zone last year.)

The move is most likely a calculated risk on the part of the Vikings--it's probably no coincidence that the signing was announced on the heels of the suspension. One would think that the terms of the contract were based on the amount of time that Simpson would miss at the beginning of the season.

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Vikings Free Agency: Tyrell Johnson Signs With Dolphins

The Tyrell Johnson era has come to an end in Minnesota. ESPN 1500's Judd Zulgad passed along the following information via Twitter:

"Did not work out as the Vikings hoped" is sort of an understatement. Most Vikings fans won't mourn the loss of Johnson too much. After being drafted out of Arkansas State in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft (43rd overall), Johnson's tenure was average at it best and gravely disappointing at its worst. He played in 49 games during his four-year career with Minnesota, starting 27 contests. He has recorded a meager two interceptions so far in his NFL career, and zero since the 2009 season.

Johnson was supposed to be the perfect blend of size, speed, and smarts when he came out of college, but it never materialized on the field with the Vikings. He has been banged up fairly often throughout his career and missed the final five games of the 2011 season due to injury. Letting Johnson go further signifies the major overhaul that the Vikings are performing on their beleaguered secondary this offseason.

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Minnesota Vikings' Erin Henderson Is Unhappy ... And So Am I

The Minnesota Vikings appear to be in danger of losing one of their best young players to NFL free agency in linebacker Erin Henderson. Nobody is quite sure of the reason why, either.

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Vikings Free Agency 2012: What The John Carlson Signing Means

The Minnesota Vikings finally took a dip into the free agent pool on Wednesday afternoon, signing former Seattle Seahawks' tight end John Carlson to a five-year, $25 million contract, $11 million of which is guaranteed money. Carlson, who was born in St. Cloud and grew up in Litchfield, was the Seahawks' second-round selection (38th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame.

He missed the 2011 season with a torn labrum that he suffered in the pre-season, but in his first three seasons in Seattle he caught 137 passes for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns, including back-to-back 50+ catch seasons in his first two seasons in the Pacific Northwest.

While everyone understands that the Vikings need to add more weapons on offense, many. . .including yours truly. . .probably thought that the team would attempt to go after a wide receiver. That's a path they still might take, but Carlson isn't as crazy a signing as it would appear at first blush. In fact, it makes a lot of sense, given the offense that Minnesota offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave appears to want to run.

The Minnesota Vikings run a lot of two-tight end formations, and because of the lack of a deep threat on the outside, the Vikings are apparently going to attempt to copy the New England Patriots' model of building a passing attack around two big, mobile tight ends. Now, Carlson and Kyle Rudolph, last year's second-round pick by Minnesota, aren't in the class of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez at this point ... but if Christian Ponder can get a little bit of protection and a full off-season of work with the offense, they can certainly make strides in that direction.

There certainly won't be a lot of defenders that will be able to match up with that duo physically: Carlson stands 6-foot-5 and weighs about 250 pounds with Rudolph being an inch taller and ten pounds heavier. They both have pretty decent speed and agility for men their size, and both of them have shown very nice hands. With Rudolph and Carlson in the middle of the field and Percy Harvin lining up all over the place and being allowed to make things happen in the open field -- kind of a Wes Welker kind of role --the Vikings are at least going to attempt to find offensive success by emulating the Patriots.

Because, hey, if you're going to steal, you could just as well steal from the best, am I right? The Vikings will, undoubtedly, still be looking for weapons to surround Ponder with on offense, but the signing of John Carlson appears to be a pretty solid start.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, go to Daily Norseman. You can also get all of your professional football news over at SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Vikings Free Agents 2012: Minnesota Starts Things Off Slow, Smart On First Day

On the first day of NFL free agency, the Minnesota Vikings rested. For a team that isn't on the verge of contention, it was definitely the smartest way to go about things.

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Vikings Free Agency 2012: Minnesota Re-Signs DL Letroy Guion

Minutes before the NFL free agency opened Tuesday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings re-signed defensive lineman Letroy Guion to a three-year deal, according to Aaron Wilson on Twitter.

Guion, 24, has played all three of his NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, racking up 21 tackles last season in a back up role to Kevin Williams. He played in all 16 games last season and the Vikings are enamored with his potential.

Minnesota has a grand total of 17 players from last season's team that became unrestricted free agents at 4 p.m. The biggest needs for the Vikings in free agency and the draft appear to be at the wide receiver position and throughout the secondary. Minnesota finished a disappointing 3-13 last season.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, check out The Daily Norseman. For more on the NFL Free Agency period in general, check out the SB Nation NFL Free Agency stream.

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Vikings Free Agency Rumors 2012: Brandon Carr Not An Option For Minnesota

Once thought as a viable free-agent option to fulfill the Minnesota Vikings needs at corner back, Brandon Carr will not be a target of the Vikings come the 3 p.m. CT start of the NFL free-agent period, sources tell TwinCities.com.

Despite the need for a top cornerback, the Minnesota Vikings are not expected to enter the free agency bidding for Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

In late February, The Pioneer Press floated Carr's name as an free-agent option for Minnesota, which desperately needs help in the secondary.

As already mentioned, Finnegan will be an option for the Vikings as he was not given the franchise tag by the Titans. Minnesota may also be trying to save its money to spend on a high-priced wide receiver.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, check out The Daily Norseman. For more on the NFL Free Agency period in general, check out the SB Nation NFL Free Agency stream.

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Vikings Free Agency 2012: Lorenzo Booker, Kenny Onatolu Will Hit The Open Market, According To Report

In a few hours the NFL free agent period will begin at 3 p.m. CT, and the Minnesota Vikings will have a lot of decision to make in the next few hours, days and months. However, the Vikings already have made a few decisions Tuesday announcing that running back Lorenzo Booker and linebacker Kenny Onatolu will not be tendered and will be available on the open market.

According to a report by TwinCities.com, the Vikings notified Booker's and Onatolu's camps of their plans. Booker is expected to search for a brand new team, while Minnesota is very interested in resigning Onatolu for more years but less money.

Booker's "release" comes as no surprise after a tough 2011-12 season that featured him carrying the ball just 13 times and fumbling three teams.

Meanwhile, in three season with Minnesota Onatolu has 33 tackles.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, check out The Daily Norseman. For more on the NFL Free Agency period in general, check out the SB Nation NFL Free Agency stream.

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Vikings Free Agency 2012: Sage Rosenfels Is Back

After the Vikings released a bunch of players over the weekend, it appears that they are bringing a familiar face back to Winter Park.

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports is reporting that the Vikings and Sage Rosenfels have agreed on a new contract. The details of the deal weren't immediately available, according to Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer Press it's a two-year deal.

This is Rosenfels' second stint with the Vikings. He was acquired in 2009 via a trade with the Houston Texans. Rosenfels was expected to get a chance to compete with Tarvaris Jackson for the team's starting quarterback role. However, that all changed the moment that Brad Childress went and picked up Brett Favre from the airport. Rosenfels ended up never seeing any game action in 2009.

While Rosenfels isn't expected to challenge incumbent starter Christian Ponder for his job, he brings a solid veteran presence to the locker room. He has played for five different teams in his 11-year NFL career and knows a large variety of offensive schemes.

The Vikings still have question marks at a lot of positions this offseason, but quarterback shouldn't be one of them. Barring a surprising change or draft pick, it appears that Ponder, Rosenfels, and Joe Webb will be the team's three quarterbacks when they head to Mankato for training camp in August.

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Vikings Free Agency 2012: Marcus Trufant Released By Seahawks; Possible Target For Vikings?

The Minnesota Vikings need all the help they can get in the secondary this offseason. Someone that could possibly bolster one of the team's weaker areas was released by his team today.

Seattle officially released Marcus Trufant on Wednesday. He was due around $7 million in 2012, and his recent bout with injuries made it a pretty simple decision for the Seahawks. Trufant played only four games last year before being placed on the IR with a back injury.

When Trufant is healthy, he's among the top tier of secondary players. He has accumulated 21 interceptions in his nine year career and is considered one of the better tackling cornerbacks in the league.

Last year was only the second year of Trufant's career in which he played less than 15 games. If he's able to stay on the field, Trufant could be an important piece to improve a very, very ailing secondary.

For more Vikings coverage, check out Daily Norseman. Follow NFL free agency on SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Vikings Free Agency 2012: Minnesota Wants To Keep Erin Henderson Around, But No Deal Is Imminent

Free Agency for the NFL opens on March 13, and the Minnesota Vikings might need to let weak side linebacker Erin Henderson stick his toe in to see what he can get before he signs a new deal with the Vikings.

Henderson was picked up as an undrafted free agent back in 2008 by the Vikings, getting his first year of solid playing time in 2011 when he recorded 91 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and one and a half sacks on a mostly weak Vikings defense. He made only $1.2 million on a restricted tender last season and will be looking to get paid significantly more for the production that he provided.

ESPN Twin Cities reported Tuesday that the Vikings had made it clear that re-signing Henderson was very important to their offseason plans, but no deal had yet materialized as of Tuesday evening. The two sides have been working on a deal to keep Henderson in Minnesota for at least two or three more years.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, check out The Daily Norseman. For more on the NFL in general, go to the SB Nation NFL hub or the dedicated NFL Free Agency hub.

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Vikings Free Agency 2012: Is Randy Moss Back To His Minnesota Self?

Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday. According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Moss exceeded expectations on the field. If Moss really is looking like his old self, he could find more than one team interested in his services in 2012.

Another report from Pro Football Talk said that Moss was quick in and out of his breaks and showed "great football intelligence."

The 35-year old Moss announced his intention to return to the NFL earlier this year. Most still had visions of the 2010 version, the player who did little in stops with the Patriots, Vikings and Titans.

Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday morning that Moss has two other visits lined up after the Saints.

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Vikings Free Agency 2012: Cortland Finnegan A Target For Minnesota?

The Minnesota Vikings need to upgrade their corner back position, and a hot commodity is about to hit the free agent market, Cortland Finnegan. According to reports, the Tennessee Titans will use their franchise tag on free safety Michael Griffin and that decision will make Finnegan, a former All-Pro selection, a free agent.

The Vikings, however, will need to decided whether they'd like to upgrade at corner back or wide receiver via free agency. At the right price, Finnegan would be a solid move for Minnesota, which ranked 26 out of 32 NFL teams defending the pass.

Other name to watch out for is Brandon Carr, who may or may not be franchise tagged by the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are deciding between tagging Carr or wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, go to Daily Norseman. You can also get all of your professional football news over at SB Nation's NFL hub.

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