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EAGAN, Minn. — When legendary Vikings coach Bud Grant had lunch this week with Kirk Cousins, he noticed the recently signed quarterback never stopped smiling. "It seems like he's a very happy camper," Grant said. "He got what, $28 million guaranteed per year?" In March, Cousins signed a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract. He had lunch Tuesday with Grant, 90, and Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman, 98, at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan and tweeted a photo of the gathering to his Instagram account.
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.
Joe Theismann recently was sent a photo that showed him crouching down and speaking to a small boy wearing a Kirk Cousins No. 8 Washington Redskins jersey. He considered it the perfect image to accompany a goodbye message to a player he got to know well. Theismann is a former Pro Bowl quarterback who 35 years ago led the Redskins to victory in Super Bowl XVII. Cousins is the team’s latest Pro Bowl quarterback, but he will be out the door soon.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Philadelphia Eagles are finally Super Bowl champions. Despite losing their star quarterback -- former North Dakota State standout Carson Wentz -- to injury in the final stretch of the season, they had a more-than-capable replacement. Backup quarterback Nick Foles threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4, at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS—Former Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss was elected Saturday night, Feb. 3, to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Moss got the call in his first year of eligibility. Former Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson, also in his first year of eligibility, was not selected. Moss will be joined in the hall by former players Ray Lewis, Terrell Owens, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile, and former executive Bobby Beathard. The hall of fame class was announced at NFL Honors at the University of Minnesota's Northrop Auditorium.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is back on the 53-man roster. The Vikings on Saturday, Jan. 13, activated off injured reserve Bradford, who hasn't played since Oct. 9 because of a knee injury, and placed tight end Kyle Carter on waivers.
MINNEAPOLIS — Case Keenum has a chance to be another Kurt Warner. Just ask Warner. "No doubt," he said. During the 1999 season, the undrafted quarterback emerged from obscurity to lead the St. Louis Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — New Orleans players are apparently still chortling about their win over the Vikings in the 2009 NFC championship game. Not long after the Saints defeated Carolina 31-26 to advance to Sunday, Jan. 14's divisional playoff at U.S. Bank Stadium, Vikings radio analyst and former linebacker Ben Leber got several text messages from players who were on the winning side of that 31-28 overtime game eight years ago at the Superdome. "I was getting trash talk from some former Saints players," Leber said Monday. "I'm getting pumped up for this game."
GREEN BAY, Wis. — It was 10 degrees at kickoff, but the Vikings persevered Saturday night, Dec. 23, in what they hope was their last outdoor game of the season. The Vikings registered their first shutout in 23 years with a 16-0 win over punchless Green Bay at Lambeau Field. Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer has said he wants to play all playoff games at home, and that could include Super Bowl LII Feb. 4 indoors at U.S. Bank Stadium.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings had four players selected for the Pro Bowl, but they were expecting more. Named Tuesday night to the NFL's Jan. 28 all-star game in Orlando, Fla., were defensive end Everson Griffen, linebacker Anthony Barr, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and wide receiver Adam Thielen. "There definitely should've been more, in my opinion," Thielen said Wednesday, Dec. 20.