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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Now that he is the Vikings' highest-paid receiver, Minnesota native Adam Thielen insists he won't lose the desire that led to him to the NFL in the first place. Thielen was undrafted and pretty much unknown coming out of Division II Minnesota State Mankato in 2013, and had to survive a tryout camp to make the Vikings' practice squad. After working his way up, he has a new three-year, $17 million contract, with the deal being worth as much $27 million if all incentives are reached.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota signed free-agent running back Latavius Murray early Thursday morning, likely ending Adrian Peterson’s tenure with the team. The Vikings announced the signing of Murray, who played the past four seasons with Oakland, at 12:47 a.m. March 16, He got a three-year, $15 million deal.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have reached an agreement with restricted free-agent wide receiver Adam Thielen. A source said Thielen has agreed to a three-year, $17 million contract. The deal could be worth as much as $27 million if certain incentives are reached, and $11 million of it is guaranteed.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn—Adrian Peterson won't be signing with Seattle and perhaps also not with the Vikings. Minnesota on Tuesday brought in Oakland free-agent running back Latavius Murray for a visit. He could end up replacing Peterson, who last week became a free agent for the first time since joining the Vikings in 2007. A chain reaction of running back moves likely started Tuesday after Green Bay free agent Eddie Lacy reached agreement on a one-year, $5.55 million deal with Seattle, with $3 million guaranteed. Lacy had visited the Vikings last weekend.
MINNEAPOLIS — Green Bay free-agent running back Eddie Lacy arrived Saturday night for a two-day visit with the Vikings. Lacy had visited with the Seattle Seahawks on Friday and Saturday, and is scheduled to go to Green Bay after leaving Minnesota. The Vikings are looking at Lacy as a possible replacement for Adrian Peterson, who on Thursday became a free agent for the first time since entering the NFL in 2007. The Vikings have not closed the door on Peterson returning, but are looking at their options.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Left tackle Matt Kalil is leaving the Minnesota Vikings to sign with the Carolina Panthers. A source confirmed that the free agent lineman will join his brother, center Ryan Kalil, on Carolina's offensive line. ESPN.com first reported the news Thursday morning, March 9. Kalil made $11.1 million with the Vikings last season; it was not immediately clear how much he will get from the Panthers.
MINNEAPOLIS—Adrian Peterson's father said Tuesday that Seattle and Oakland have emerged as the two most likely destinations if the running back leaves the Vikings. After 10 years with Minnesota, Peterson officially will become a free agent Thursday for the first time in his NFL career. Teams could talk to Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, beginning Tuesday but can't sign him until Thursday. Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, said both the Seahawks and Raiders have expressed interest in Peterson. He declined comment when asked if those teams have contacted his agent.
MINNEAPOLIS — Captain Munnerlyn wants to remain with the Vikings, but only on a long-term deal. The cornerback is scheduled to become a free agent Tuesday, but Minnesota could reach an agreement on a new contract before then. "I'm looking for a four- or five-year deal; just somewhere I can finish my career at, and go from there," Munnerlyn said in a phone interview Friday. "I don't want a one- or two-year deal. I definitely don't want to do that. I want to get something longer, so I can settle in and see if I want to make (Minnesota) my home."
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings had five defensive players in the Pro Bowl last month, and another sitting in the stands. When nose tackle Linval Joseph was named Jan. 13 as a replacement for the Jan. 29 game in Orlando, Fla., one of the first things he did was invite teammate Danielle Hunter to be one of his guests. So Hunter, a second-year defensive end who led the Vikings in 2016 with 12½ sacks, watched with members of Joseph's family. He came away determined to play in the game next year.
HOUSTON — Vikings president and co-owner Mark Wilf said some "tough analysis" must be done about running back Adrian Peterson returning to the team next season. Peterson is under contract for 2017 for $18 million, but there's no chance he will play for that amount. He either will sign a renegotiated deal with Minnesota or become a free agent for the first time since entering the NFL in 2007.