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    per NFL.com: Vikings COO Kevin Warren to be named Big Ten commissioner

    Minnesota Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren is expected to be named commissioner of the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday, sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Monday.

    Warren, 55, is expected to replace longtime Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney, who had served in that capacity since 1989. Delaney will vacate his post after the 2019-20 academic year, his 31st on the job.

    The Big Ten Conference will announce the decision in a press conference Tuesday.

    Minnesota's COO since February 2015, Warren was responsible for all business, financial, legal and operational aspects related to U.S. Bank Stadium and the design, development and planning of Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, per the team's website.

    Warren has spent over 20 years in the NFL and 14 with the Vikings. Before his promotion to COO, Warren was Minnesota's vice president of legal affairs and chief administrative officer to chief operating officer. He was the highest-ranking African-American executive working on the business side for a team in the NFL and was the first African-American COO in NFL history.

    Warren would be the first African-American commissioner of a Power Five conference.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...n-commissioner

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    Sid: Vikings eye first-round pick Garrett Bradbury as rookie starter at center

    Vikings assistant head coach and offensive adviser Gary Kubiak said there is no longer any question about who will start at center for the team this season. It will be first-round draft pick Garrett Bradbury.

    “Oh yeah, that is where he’s going to be, and hopefully he will stay there for a long time,” Kubiak said.

    The 24-year coaching veteran, a Super Bowl winner as a head coach with three more championships as an assistant, said there’s no question it will be a challenge for Bradbury.

    “He is doing great. For a rookie to be put in there at center from Day 1, it’s hard on him,” Kubiak said. “But he is doing a good job.”

    Of course, this will be the second time in three seasons that the Vikings have had a rookie at center. Pat Elflein started there in 2017 but has moved to guard.

    Elflein has been the center for every snap of his pro career, 863 snaps last year and 958 during his rookie campaign.

    Still, Kubiak said the change to guard has been a positive one, and Elflein has been open to the move.

    “Pat has moved over to left guard and been a big-time pro, stepped in there and working really hard,” he said. “The guys are working good together.”

    And the feeling around the Vikings is that those moves, in addition to adding free agent Josh Kline, should make for a more complete and balanced line this season. That means the team’s main priority in the offseason has been addressed.

    “They’re doing good,” Kubiak said. “We have to keep them all in one piece, but we’re doing good.”

    http://www.startribune.com/vikings-e...ter/511025471/

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    I don't understand the Rudolph contract, especially after the draft..
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    Quote Originally Posted by bottlebass View Post
    I don't understand the Rudolph contract, especially after the draft..
    I agree and will add that the Barr contract still doesn't make any sense either. That' a lot of wasted money.

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    Rudolph is an above average blocker, Smith may never be. Our o line could still suck, meaning 2 TE sets and Rudolph blocking. Smith can now feature in the passing game and not have to block.

    Unless Barr is rushing the passer in a new way it was a stupid resigning. (Like DE on passing downs).

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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherWeatherGuy View Post
    I agree and will add that the Barr contract still doesn't make any sense either. That' a lot of wasted money.
    Barr will forever be Zimmers golden boy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherWeatherGuy View Post
    I agree and will add that the Barr contract still doesn't make any sense either. That' a lot of wasted money.
    Unless they use him differently, I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bottlebass View Post
    I don't understand the Rudolph contract, especially after the draft..
    They still needed cap room and didn't have many other places to get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howeda7 View Post
    They still needed cap room and didn't have many other places to get it.
    Yes I understand they were reworking his contract for cap room. I'm saying I don't get the big contract Rudolph got. Just doesn't make sense to sign him for 4 more years or pay him that much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bottlebass View Post
    Yes I understand they were reworking his contract for cap room. I'm saying I don't get the big contract Rudolph got. Just doesn't make sense to sign him for 4 more years or pay him that much.
    I haven't seen the details, but the totals of NFL contracts are meaningless. It seems like it's basically a 2-year deal structured as 4 for cap purposes.

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    RandBall: The Vikings got the band back together in 2019. Was that a good idea?

    Despite persistent challenges of attrition, salary constraints and the lure of the open market, the Vikings pretty much got the entire band back together in 2019.

    Defensive end Everson Griffen is still here. Linebacker Anthony Barr is, too. Tight end Kyle Rudolph? Check. Nobody in the secondary was traded? Nope. The Vikings also found a spot for five guitarists, three keyboard players and a tuba player. The whole band, all under one salary cap.

    The default mode is to praise the Vikings and executive vice president Rob Brzezinski for the sort of cap wizardry that has allowed them to achieve rare continuity even while adding expensive free agents like quarterback Kirk Cousins.

    Maybe another way to look at it is this: Has Brzezinski's praise-worthy work kept the Vikings from having to make the sort of hard decisions that might, in the long run, give them a better chance at sustained success?

    Or maybe even a more cold-blooded question: Has sentimentality and familiarity played too much of a role in the Vikings' roster construction?

    Consider this: The Vikings' 2019 starting 11-player defense is likely to feature 10 players who were on the roster in 2015: Griffen, Linval Joseph, Shamar Stephen, Danielle Hunter, Eric Kendricks, Barr, Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris.

    Some like Hunter and Harris have grown into far more expanded roles since then. Stephen, too, is a bit of an asterisk, having left for Seattle before returning this year in free agency – though that also speaks to the Vikings and Mike Zimmer’s appreciation for the familiar.

    "I don't know if it's necessarily exclusive to here, but it definitely doesn't happen a lot," Smith, the veteran safety who was drafted in the first round in 2012, said at minicamp Thursday. "That being said, every year is its own year. … But it's obviously nice having some continuity."

    The Vikings have also been among the NFL's best defensive teams in the last four seasons – including 2018, when they ranked fourth in yards allowed and ninth in points allowed. And they've won 40 regular-season games in that span, an average of 10 per year.

    So what's the problem?

    http://www.startribune.com/the-vikin...dea/511251932/

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    Sid: Vikings have ideal salary cap manager in Rob Brzezinski

    Vikings officials get a lot of praise for the way the organization is run. The owners, coaches and players are often considered parts of a first-class team, and their practice and game facilities are some of the best in the NFL.

    But there’s no doubt one of the most important roles is handled by Rob Brzezinski, the executive vice president of football operations. He is often tasked with figuring out how to not only sign key free agents such as quarterback Kirk Cousins, as he did in March of 2018, but also to find ways to keep talented players General Manager Rick Spielman drafts and Mike Zimmer and his assistants develop.

    That was especially apparent in the tremendous amount of work that went into signing tight end Kyle Rudolph on Tuesday to a four-year extension that will keep the former first round draft pick here through 2023 and is fully guaranteed through the 2020 season.

    Rudolph, who was set to make $7.625 million this season, will instead make a fully guaranteed $9.25 million.

    The Vikings had $207.8 million allotted to 90 players, including Rudolph’s original deal, which only made the negotiation trickier.

    “Every negotiation is unique and challenging, and we try to take care of our players and keep as many of our players as we can,” Brzezinski said. “But it is a challenge making everything fit within the economics of our system.”

    The lack of salary cap flexibility meant that Rudolph’s name came up in trade rumors for weeks. With teams such as the Patriots in desperate need of a quality tight end, there was good reason to think Rudolph might not be back.

    But the Vikings front office and Rudolph said all along that they believed a deal could be brokered. Both sides were insistent in saying their final goal was to ensure Rudolph remained with Minnesota.

    As Rudolph enters his ninth season with the Vikings, he is undoubtedly one of the best tight ends in the league. He has started in every game for the past four seasons, and in that time he ranks third among tight ends in receptions (253) and touchdowns (24) and eighth in yards (2,501).

    http://www.startribune.com/vikings-h...ski/511216512/

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    per Sid:

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    • The 2019 NFL schedule didn’t give the Vikings any breaks. They have the 10th-toughest strength of schedule in the NFL and third toughest in the NFC. Their opponents’ combined record last year was 130-124-2. The defending NFC North champion Bears are tied for the fifth hardest strength of schedule.

    • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he has liked what he’s seen from running backDalvin Cook this spring, saying: “Cook has had a really, really good spring. Gary [Kubiak] and I were talking about him this morning. He looks really, really good, especially with the things we’re trying to do in the running game.”

    http://www.startribune.com/kyle-rudo...ngs/511354041/

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    per Sid:

    • Pro Football Focus recently published its ranking of the top 50 players in the NFL, and safety Harrison Smith was the lone Vikings player at No. 21. PFF also believes Everson Griffen is due for a big bounce-back year after the website rated him as the 10th-best pass rusher in the NFL in 2017. “Despite the year’s [2018] challenges, Griffen still showed off his rare talent in bursts in 2018. He tallied three or more pressures in seven of the 11 games he played.”

    http://www.startribune.com/twins-loo...ear/511680812/

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