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EAGAN, Minn. -- When Ryan Harris gives his wife flowers, he often thinks of Gary Kubiak. Harris, a former NFL tackle who starred at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, played three seasons for Kubiak when he was head coach at Houston and Denver. That included a victory in Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos to close the 2015 season.
EAGAN, Minn. -- The fifth-leading scorer in NFL history has offered to serve as a part-time kicking coach for the Minnesota Vikings, but they apparently want a full-time guy. John Carney was an NFL kicker from 1988-2010 with seven teams and scored 2,062 points while making two Pro Bowls. In recent years, he has served as a consultant for five NFL teams while also running a training center for kickers and punters in Carlsbad, Calif.
EAGAN, Minn. -- Brian Robison’s career with the Vikings began in less-than-ideal fashion. On April 29, 2007, the defensive end out of Texas got a call informing him that Minnesota would select him in the fourth round of the NFL draft. He soon talked to his wife, Jamie. “She goes into tears (and says), ‘There’s going to be nothing but snow and ice and it’s going to be cold,’” Robison recalled Wednesday, May 15. “We kind of had the same idea. It’s the frozen tundra. It’s Antarctica up here.”
EAGAN, Minn. - The Minnesota Vikings have signed Garrett Bradbury, an offensive lineman taken with the No. 18 pick in last month’s NFL draft, the team announced Tuesday, May 14. Bradbury gets a four-year, $12.88 million contract with a $7.39 million signing bonus. Bradbury has a salary-cap number of $2.34 million for 2019. The Vikings needed to create salary cap room to sign Bradbury, who played at North Carolina State. It wasn’t immediately clear what they did to come up with enough money for Bradbury.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Tight end Kyle Rudolph said Monday, May 13, he hopes to remain with the Vikings, and wants an answer soon on whether or not he will. The Vikings have less salary-cap room than any team in the NFL, and need to clear more to sign first-round pick Garrett Bradbury. Rudolph has a salary-cap number of $7.625 million for 2019 and is entering the final year of his contract. One answer for the Vikings would be to trade Rudolph, 29, and his contract.
EAGAN, Minn. -- So, which Jake Browning did the Vikings get? Will he be the one who threw for 43 touchdown passes for Washington in 2016 and was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year? Or more like the one who threw just 35 touchdown passes in the past two seasons combined? The Vikings have plenty of time to find out. They signed the quarterback last week as an undrafted free agent and he took part in a rookie minicamp over the weekend.
EAGAN, Minn. -- In 2018, quarterback Kirk Cousins chose the Vikings over the New York Jets. Last March, linebacker Anthony Barr reneged on a commitment to join the Jets to re-sign with Minnesota. Now, another player has revealed he spurned overtures by the Jets to remain with the Vikings.
EAGAN, Minn. -- Former Vikings center Joe Berger showed up at rookie mini-camp Friday and gave newcomer Garrett Bradbury some advice. Asked what Berger told him, Berger said, "Listen to older guys." Well, sort of. "He actually told me, ‘Don’t listen to older guys,’ " Bradbury confessed, "but I think he was joking." Berger, who played for the Vikings from 2011-17, said he likes what he has seen so far from Bradbury, taken with the No. 18 pick in last week’s draft. “He’s great," Berger said.
EAGAN, Minn. - Austin Cutting will be with the Minnesota Vikings throughout the spring. Whether he’s with them in the fall remains to be seen. The Vikings selected the long snapper from Air Force in the seventh round of last week’s NFL draft and he took field Friday to start a three-day rookie minicamp. But the Air Force has not cleared Cutting to play this season, and the decision process is expected to take a while. “Going to the Academy, serving comes first; then going to the NFL, that actually comes second," Cutting said. "But it’s an honor be drafted, for sure."
After hosting Super Bowl LII in 2018, Minnesota is looking for more big NFL events. Lester Bagley, the Vikings’ vice president of public affairs, said the Twin Cities remain in the mix to host an NFL draft. He also said there is interest in hosting the first game of the NFL season on a Thursday night, along with an NFL owners meeting. Yes, Twin Cities officials also want to have another Super Bowl here. But that would be years away, if it were to happen at all.