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Case Keenum is moving on. A source confirmed Tuesday morning that Keenum, the quarterback who led the Vikings last season to the NFC Championship Game, will sign with Denver when free agency officially opens Wednesday. The move increases the chances that Minnesota will sign free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins to take over since Denver had been one of four suitors for him. The Vikings are considered the favorite for Cousins with the New York Jets and Arizona also in the mix.
EAGAN, Minn. -- The Vikings last year worked out a long-term deal with restricted free agent Adam Thielen. This year, one could be reached with Nick Easton. A source said Monday the Vikings have placed a second-round tender on the restricted free-agent guard worth $2.914 million for next season. The source said that Easton “loves it” in Minnesota and there is hope of working out a long-term contract. The tender means that the Vikings can match any offer for Easton, who started all 12 games he played last season.
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.
MINNEAPOL;9S—John DeFilippo just won a Super Bowl with Philadelphia. Now, he's talking about getting one for Minnesota. The Vikings named DeFilippo offensive coordinator Friday, five days after he served as the Eagles' quarterbacks coach during their 41-33 victory over New England in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. General manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer interviewed DeFilippo on Thursday in Philadelphia after the Eagles' victory parade, and they reached an agreement on a two-year contract.
ATLANTA—When Karen Vanderyt has guests in her Atlanta home to watch football, there is one important rule. "If you're going to talk, you have to go to a different room because I'm serious about watching my football," she said. Vanderyt was even more locked in than usual after inviting 10 family members and friends to her home for Super Bowl LII on Sunday. She is the daughter of the late Norm Van Brocklin, the quarterback who led the Philadelphia Eagles to what had been their last NFL title in 1960.
MINNEAPOLIS — When it comes to talking to Philadelphia quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo about their open offensive coordinator position, the Vikings are in a holding pattern. A source said Tuesday, Feb. 6, that, as it stands now, the Vikings can't talk with DeFilippo until 10 days after the end of the season for the Eagles, who won Super Bowl LII on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. That would be Feb. 14, when his contract expires. The Vikings are trying to get permission to speak to DeFilippo earlier, but it appears they're willing to wait if the Eagles balk.
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.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—Adrian Peterson returned to the Twin Cities on Saturday, Feb. 3, and wasted no time in reuniting with adoring Vikings fans. Peterson, the Vikings' star running back from 2007-16, signed autographs and wore a perpetual smile for cheering fans during an appearance at the Mall of America Macy's story.
MINNEAPOLIS — Tom Flores is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he believes he knows why. "It's because Al Davis was the owner," Flores said. Davis was a dominant, controversial fixture for the Raiders until his death in 2011. That included when Flores was head coach for two Super Bowls victories with the Raiders — the Oakland Raiders in January 1981 and Los Angeles Raiders in January 1984.