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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—The Vikings released a video of Teddy Bridgewater throwing to teammates during organized team activities on Tuesday, but the team is still uncertain about whether the 2014 first-round draft pick will ever play in the NFL again. "This entire organization (is) just hoping that eventually he'll be able to come back on the field, but that's still the unknown," general manager Rick Spielman said Wednesday.
The NFL Players Association has advised agents for the Vikings' 11 draft picks not to sign contracts yet because of specific language in the proposed deals that the union believes violates the league's collective bargaining agreement. The Vikings began organized team activities Tuesday, May 23, without a single pick signed, but all 11 practiced under injury protection agreements. NFLPA assistant executive director George Atallah said the union supports rookies eager to start their NFL careers, but advises them to be aware of what they're signing.
MINNEAPOLIS — After yet another surgery on his right eye, Mike Zimmer will not coach the Vikings when organized team activities begin Tuesday, May 23 and will a take a few weeks off from coaching, the team announced Monday. General manager Rick Spielman released a statement Monday following Zimmer last Wednesday having his eighth eye surgery since last November.
ST. PAUL — A retirement party last June for former Cretin-Derham Hall High School football coaches Mike and Mal Scanlan drew an unexpected guest: Michael Floyd. Floyd, who had starred at wide receiver for the Raiders a decade earlier, had gotten wind of the Scanlans being honored at St. Paul's Plums Bar & Grill. Mike was his head coach, and Mal an offensive assistant. "He came in and he gave me a nice congratulatory hug and best wishes," Mike Scanlan said. "That was very thoughtful of him. That's the kind of guy he is."
MINNEAPOLIS — After Michael Floyd signed Wednesday with the Vikings, he spoke to hall of fame wide receiver Cris Carter. Carter's message was simple. He's willing to help Floyd in whatever way possible to overcome his off-the-field issues. After playing for Philadelphia from 1987-90, Carter was waived because of substance-abuse issues. He joined the Vikings, stayed clean and made eight Pro Bowls playing for them from 1990-2001.
MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Floyd is coming home. The Vikings reached a deal Wednesday to sign the former Cretin-Derham Hall High School star wide receiver. A source said the free agent will get a one-year, $1.5 million contract that could be worth as much as $6 million with incentives. Floyd tweeted about the move, “"Happy as ever!!! Can't wait to get to work #SkolVikes.''
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—When Xavier Rhodes was at Florida State, dreaming of making the NFL, he studied film of star defensive backs Darrelle Revis and Patrick Peterson. Now, aspiring defensive backs are studying Rhodes. After the Vikings took North Carolina State's Jack Tocho in the seventh round of last month's draft, he talked about learning from game tape of the Minnesota cornerback.
ST. PAUL — As far as Dick Vitale is concerned, new Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is awesome, baby! Yes, Vitale is a college basketball announcer for ESPN, but he's also a big college football fan who lives in the Tampa Bay area. Last week he called on his beloved Buccaneers to draft Cook out of Florida State. Instead, he went to Minnesota in the second round.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—General manager Rick Spielman says it's unlikely the Vikings will trade into the first round when the NFL draft gets underway Thursday. And why should they? Spielman has handled Minnesota drafts since 2007, and his record in the first round has been uneven. In later rounds, he and his staff have found their fair share of players who turned out much better than many of the higher-priced guys taken on the first day.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—The Vikings are unlikely to pick up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year option for 2018, ESPN reported Wednesday, April 26. The Vikings have until Tuesday to make a decision on the option on Bridgewater, who suffered a serious knee injury last August and his 2017 season is in jeopardy. Joel Corry of CBS Sports reported Bridgewater's option would be worth $12.198 million, and it would be guaranteed only for injury. "The injury guarantee makes it tough to do,'' a source told ESPN.