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2019 Schedule
8-7-1, 2nd in NFC North
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Not Safe For Kirk

Mina talks to Deadspin's Drew Magary about his love of the Vikings (8:38), his Why Your Team Sucks feature (25:46), NBA Twitter (29:40), and his recovery from a brain hemorrhage that put him in a coma (43:17).

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings were able to sign 1st round pick Garrett Bradbury on Tuesday after veteran linebacker Eric Kendricks converted around half of his base salary ($4.15 million in 2019) to a signing bonus to create the necessary cap room, multiple sources told ESPN. Kendricks converted $2.15 million to a signing bonus, which leaves him with a $2.1 million base salary in 2019 and creates around a $1.72 million in cap savings for the Vikings, who entered the day with less than $700K in cap room. As the 18th overall pick, Bradbury carries a $2.33 million cap hit in 2019. While tight end Kyle Rudolph's $7.625 million cap hit put his future in Minnesota in question, the likelihood that he remains with the Vikings in 2019 increases for now after Kendricks stepped up to restructure his deal so the team could fit everyone under the cap by end of business on Tuesday. Given what the Vikings envision on offense with the use of multiple tight end sets, it seems imperative for them to retain Rudolph so he can be utilized on the field at the same time as 2nd round pick Irv Smith Jr. Rudolph has expressed the desire to remain in Minnesota for the remainder of his career. After the Vikings were able to get a restructure done elsewhere to free up the money needed to continue signing their draft class, it seems like Rudolph was able to do just that, at least for the time being. The ninth year tight end is a free agent after the 2019 season.

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13dCourtney Cronin

Rudolph mum on rumors about future with Vikes

Addressing the uncertainty surrounding his contract situation, Kyle Rudolph said he wants to continue his career in Minnesota and is looking forward to playing with newly drafted tight end Irv Smith, but accepts that "change happens."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings first round pick Garrett Bradbury (56) worked predominantly at center during Friday's rookie minicamp practice, snapping to UDFA signee Jake Browning at QB. Fourth round pick Dru Samia was slotted in next to Bradbury at right guard.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer on what Jake Browning will bring to the backup QB competition between the Washington QB, Sean Mannion and Kyle Sloter: "I think his athleticism will probably show above some of these other guys, the scrambling ability. Obviously we haven't seen him throw too much so obviously he's going to have to be accurate, because that's always a key to the quarterbacks."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Alexander Mattison's ability to shoulder a heavy workload stood out to the Vikings in trying to find a replacement for Latavius Murray. "The stamina, whatever position it is, is important as far as being able to stay healthy, being able to be available," coach Mike Zimmer said. Mattison said he's heard similar thoughts echoed from coaches who are impressed with how much better he gets the more carries he gets. "Just knowing that as the game goes on, I get stronger, as the carries build up, I get stronger. I pride myself on being that way," Mattison said.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Irv Smith Jr. says he embraces the blocking element of his position and has improved upon it each year. "I don't want to be classified as a receiving tight end. I want to be classified as a complete tight end."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's a look at the Vikings 2019 draft class, w/projected cap hits via Spotrac. Of Minnesota's 12 draftees, the the team could sign its bottom eight immediately because their cap hits are below the cutoff for the top-51, which is $570K. The Vikings still need to create cap room to sign its higher draftees. 1st rd: Garrett Bradbury - $12.8 million (est. total value), $2.33 million est. cap hit 2nd rd: Irv Smith Jr. - $5.78 million (est. total value), $1.05 million est. cap hit 3rd rd: Alexander Mattison - $3.4 million (est. total value), $685,379 est. cap hit 4th rd: Dru Samia - $3.25 million (est. total value), $679,280 est. cap hit 5th rd: Cameron Smith - $568,506 est. cap hit 6th rd: Armon Watts - $537,173 est. cap hit 6th rd: Marcus Epps - $537,113 est. cap hit 6th rd: Eli Udoh - $536,998 est. cap hit 7th rd: Kris Boyd - $522,314 est. cap hit 7th rd: Dillon Mitchell - $515,003 est. cap hit 7th rd: Olabisi Johnson - $513,572 est. cap hit 7th rd: Austin Cutting - $$513,572 est. cap hit

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25dCourtney Cronin

Vikings decline fifth-year option for WR Treadwell

The Vikings announced Wednesday they will not exercise wide receiver Laquon Treadwell's fifth-year option, leaving him set to become a free agent in March 2020.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Vikings officially declined to exercise WR Laquon Treadwell's fifth-year option

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Team Stats

Passing Yards252.313th
Rushing Yards93.330th
Points For22.519th
Points Against21.39th