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EAGAN, Minn. -- If there was disappointment for Kevin Stefanski in not getting Cleveland’s head coaching job, it evidently didn’t last long. On Wednesday, Jan. 9, the Browns chose Freddie Kitchens over Stefanski, the other finalist. But Stefanski then agreed to a deal to be the Vikings’ offensive coordinator after serving on an interim basis for the final three games of the 2018 season.
EAGAN, Minn. -- Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer told NFL Media on Friday, Jan. 11, he has left the Vikings for the Cleveland Browns. Priefer, whose contract expired Tuesday, said in a statement to the outlet that the Vikings offered him a contract but he elected to move on after eight seasons to join the staff of new Browns coach Freddie Kitchens.
EAGAN, Minn. -- The Vikings have settled on an offensive coordinator. Now, they have turned their attention toward an offensive line coach. On Wednesday, Jan. 9, the day the Vikings removed the interim tag from offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, BobMcGinnFootball.com reported they received permission from the Green Bay Packers to interview Joe Philbin.
EAGAN, Minn. - Kevin Stefanski will return to the Vikings as offensive coordinator, the team announced Wednesday afternoon. Stefanski finished the season as interim offensive coordinator and his contract expired Tuesday. He was one of two finalists for the Cleveland head coaching position but the Browns on Wednesday selected offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens.
Kevin Stefanski’s contract expired Tuesday, Jan. 8, and his future with the Minnesota Vikings is uncertain. Stefanski, who concluded the season as interim offensive coordinator, had a second interview in Cleveland for the Browns’ head coaching position, a source said. NFL Media reported the two finalists for the Cleveland job are Stefanski and Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens.
EAGAN, Minn - Two years ago, the Vikings handed out contracts worth $88 million to free-agent offensive linemen Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers. Last year, the Vikings signed quarterback Kirk Cousins to a three-year, $84 million contract one day and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to a one-year, $8 million deal the next. This offseason, the spending spree likely will be more subdued. Jason Fitzgerald, who runs the site overthecap.com , projects the Vikings to enter the offseason with about $7 million of salary-cap room.
EAGAN, Minn. - On Thursday, with Super Bowl LIII one month away, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was holding a season-ending news conference instead of preparing his team for what he hoped would be a long playoff run. Zimmer added to the hype before the season by declaring after a night practice to fans, “You’re going to be awfully proud of them in February.” As it turned out, the Vikings didn’t even make it into January, missing the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.
EAGAN, Minn. -- The Vikings are bringing back their entire practice squad. Minnesota announced Wednesday, Jan. 2, the signing of 10 players to future deals. Barring any more moves, all will be on the 90-man offseason roster when spring drills begin. Signing were tackles Adam Bisnowaty and Storm Norton, wide receiver Jeff Badet, linebacker Reshard Cliett, defensive tackle Curtis Cothran, center Cornelius Edison, tight end Cole Hikutini, cornerback Jalen Myrick, defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo and running back Roc Thomas.
EAGAN, Minn. -- Two years ago, Tom Compton’s good friend Kirk Cousins traveled to Super Bowl LI in Houston to watch him play for the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons lost 34-28 in overtime to the New England Patriots after blowing a 28-3 lead late in the third quarter. The guard’s quest to win a Super Bowl ring continued this season when he joined Cousins with the Vikings. After a year playing with the Chicago Bears, the Rosemount, Minn., native returned home and was reunited with the quarterback and sometimes-roommate he played with in Washington from 2012-15.
EAGAN, Minn. -- When Stefon Diggs caught his 100th pass of the season on Sunday, Dec. 30, he hadn’t even reached 1,000 yards. NFL wide receivers have had 100 catches in a season 102 times, and Diggs was in jeopardy of being just the second one to not get 1,000 yards. The Minnesota Vikings’ fourth-year receiver did end up catching two passes in the last two minutes of the finale against Chicago to go from 999 yards to 1,021 for the season.