Everson Griffen broke into the NFL as one of the youngest players in the league, and he can now say that everything came a little too fast for him at the start. The money, the game, the attention, it was a lot to handle for a 22-year-old who left USC a year early, and it caught up to the Minnesota Vikings defensive end in the winter following his rookie year.
The Minnesota Vikings have waived defensive end Spencer Nealy and signed tight end Mike Higgins. The move was made Wednesday.
The Minnesota Vikings have suspended a 24-year-old defensive end for use of performance-enhancing substances. Vikings Spokesman Jon Ekstrom says Spencer Nealy is suspended without pay for four 2014 regular-season games.
The Minnesota Vikings have signed draft picks Anthony Barr, Scott Crichton and Antone Exum to contracts. The Vikings signed Barr, the ninth overall pick, and Exum, a seventh-rounder, on Wednesday. They announced the deal for Crichton, a third-round pick, on Thursday.
The Chicago Bears were looking to jolt their struggling defense. How does adding Jared Allen sound? The Bears agreed to a four-year contract with the five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Wednesday, replacing one accomplished pass rusher with another as they rebuild a defense that ranked among the league’s worst last season.
The Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent defensive end Corey Wootton. The Vikings announced the deal Friday, one day after Wootton and his agent tweeted that an agreement had been reached.
Free agent defensive end Corey Wootton has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings. Wootton and his agent, Mike McCartney, tweeted the agreement on Thursday night. Wootton spent the first four seasons of his career with the division rival Chicago Bears. Wootton has played all 16 games each of the last two seasons when he combined for 10 sacks. He had three sacks last season.
The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive end Brian Robison to a four-year contract extension. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press it includes $12 million in guaranteed money.
The Minnesota Vikings are planning to find even more playing time this season for defensive end Everson Griffen. Last year, Griffen had eight sacks, 27 quarterback hurries and an interception returned for a touchdown in limited action. The Vikings still have Jared Allen and Brian Robison on the depth chart in front of him in their base defense, but Griffen has forced his way into the rotation with his improvement both on and off the field.
The Minnesota Vikings’ organized team activities continue this week and among the visitors was a welcome addition to the camp — former Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze.
Jared Allen has entered the final season of his mega contract without any promise from the Minnesota Vikings of an extension.
An Iowa boxer has been suspended indefinitely in North Dakota after allegedly taking a dive while boxing a former Minnesota Vikings football player in West Fargo.
I got a wee bit nervous. All 261 pounds of Vikings’ second-year defensive end/tackle D’Aundre Reed was not happy with my seemingly harmless inquiry – “How does it feel to be the surprise of the league at 3-1?”
For the inaugural journal entry, let’s just start with “Who is D’Aundre Reed?” That is, let’s learn more about the soft-spoken giant who can make backflips look this easy.