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EAGAN, Minn.—The Minnesota Vikings reportedly will open next season where the last one ended in bitter disappointment. Minnesota will play at Philadelphia in the NFL opener on Thursday, Sept. 6, according to report Monday by sportscaster Howard Eskin, an Eagles sideline reporter. The Vikings lost 38-7 to the Eagles in Philadelphia in January's NFC Championship Game. The Eagles went on to win Super Bowl LII 41-33 over New England at U.S. Bank Stadium. The reigning Super Bowl champion usually opens the following season at home on NBC on a Thursday.
ST. PAUL—Jarius Wright said Saturday, March 17, the door isn't closed on a return to the Vikings. The 28-year-old receiver was released Friday so the Vikings could carve out more salary-cap room for free-agent signings. He had two years left on his contract. "It's not out of the question," Wright told the Pioneer Press about a possible return under a reduced salary. "But it's the NFL. We'll have to see what happens. But I love Minnesota. I would love to come back, so you just never know what will happen."
The Vikings released wide receiver Jarius Wright on Friday. The move saves Minnesota money under the salary cap after the team spent big on two free agents this week, signing quarterback Kirk Cousins to a three-year, $84 million contract and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to a one-year, $8 million deal. Wright’s role had been cut significantly the past two seasons. He was due to make a base salary of $3.6 million in 2018. The move gives the Vikings a salary-cap savings of $2.64 million but costs them $2.12 million in dead money.
A day after signing former Pro Bowl quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Vikings have landed former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Richardson, who arrived in the Twin Cities for a visit Thursday night, signed a one-year deal on Friday as a free agent. After signing Cousins to a three-year, $84 million deal Thursday, the Vikings went to work on their interior defensive line. They also signed free-agent defensive tackle Dylan Bradley, who was on their practice squad last season.
EAGAN, Minn.—Kirk Cousins wasn't the only former Pro Bowl player the Vikings had in for a visit Thursday. On the day the Vikings signed their new quarterback to a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract, they also had in free-agent defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Richardson, who played last season for Seattle, arrived at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan not long before Cousins departed.
EAGAN, Minn. - Kirk Cousins is officially the NFL’s highest-paid player. The 29-year-old quarterback signed a three-year, fully guaranteed $84 million contract with the Vikings on Thursday. The team reached an agreement with Cousins before he arrived Wednesday night for a visit to the Twin Cities. NFL Media reported that Super Bowl-related incentives could push the overall deal to as much as $90 million. NFL Media reported Cousins will get a $3 million signing bonus and have a base salary of $22.5 million in 2018.
EAGAN, Minn. -- There wasn’t much suspense when Kirk Cousins arrived Wednesday night for a visit to the Twin Cities. A source had said Wednesday morning about the free agent quarterback joining the Vikings, “It’s done.” ESPN and NFL Media reported Tuesday that Cousins was expected to sign a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract with the Vikings, making him the NFL’s highest-paid player based on average annual salary.
The Jet will land in San Francisco. A source said that running back Jerick McKinnnon, who spent the past four seasons with the Vikings, will sign a four-year, $30 million contract with the 49ers on Wednesday's first day of free agency. ESPN first reported the deal. McKinnon had said after last season he was looking to possibly leave Minnesota. Last Sunday, he tweeted a picture of a plane, a reference to his Jet nickname, and wrote "coming to a city near you."
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings’ three free-agent quarterbacks are out of here. According to multiple reports Tuesday, March 13, Sam Bradford will sign with the Arizona Cardinals. And CBSSports.com reported that Teddy Bridgewater is finalizing a deal with the New York Jets. Case Keenum, Minnesota’s starter last season, agreed earlier in the day to sign a two-year, $36 million deal with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday’s first official day of free agency.
Case Keenum is moving on. A source confirmed Tuesday morning that Keenum, the quarterback who led the Vikings last season to the NFC Championship Game, will sign with Denver when free agency officially opens Wednesday. The move increases the chances that Minnesota will sign free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins to take over since Denver had been one of four suitors for him. The Vikings are considered the favorite for Cousins with the New York Jets and Arizona also in the mix.