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Vikings Open Up Final Training Camp In Mankato

Today the veterans reported to Mankato for the final time, as the Vikings opened up training camp number 52 in Mankato. The five-plus hour drive down from Fargo was uneventful outside of the swarms of butterflies that met my windshield. Not kidding my car looks like it was a shield during a paintball fight.

On the football side of things the big news came as the veterans were arriving at the University of Mankato. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that defensive end Everson Griffen was in talks on a contract extension with the Vikings. The rumor became finalized when the Vikings announced a 4-year extension for the 30-year-old DE that will keep him a Viking until 2022. As Griffen himself put it “it means I’m a Viking for life”. The deal is a for $58 Million with $34 million guaranteed. Griffen still had two years left on his current deal but the Vikings felt it necessary to extend him mainly to maintain flexibility with upcoming free agents. Grifffen’s contract would have ended after the 2018 season which is the same season the contracts of Linval Joseph, Stefon Diggs, Eric Kendricks, and Danielle Hunter are up so Spielman and the Vikings get something started on that class now to help them down the line.

Other contract updates went as follows. On Xavier Rhodes Spielman said He would let us know when/if that comes true or not but I’ll just say we are working on extensions on a few guys” and there was the word anticipated mumbled in the answer from Spielman so I would expect that extension to be next on the list. Quarterback situation Sam Bradford’s contract situation “has not changed” according to Bradford who is going through his first full training camp in purple. Spielman added that the situation “will play itself out”.

TEDDY BRIDGEWATER UPDATE…

Bridgewater appeared at camp today without the bulky brace on his left leg to a raucous ovation from fans around. Bridgewater did go through his physicals with team doctors and it was decided that the fourth-year quarterback would go on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to at least start training camp. How long he stays on that list it a big question and one that the Vikings have kept close to the vest. Spielman does not believe it will be a distraction for the team whether Bridgewater can make it on the field or not “internally I think everybody is on the same page”. Bridgewater will speak to the media tomorrow at 11:30 after a walk-through practice which will be the first time he has done so since the injury last preseason, my guess would be there will lots of questions answered at that press conference.

EXTRA POINT….

Spielman slipped in something in the middle of his press conference when asked about his level of comfortability with the depth at tackle. Spielman mention he has already talked with head coach Mike Zimmer about the potential makeup of the 53-man roster. “I sat with coach Zimmer yesterday and already started kind of looking at what the potential 53 (man roster) going to look like what the potential practice squad could look like” said Spielman “but there’s so much that needs to be answered because we haven’t been in pads yet”. I’m sure most teams have had those same discussions but it does seem like the Vikings had a lot of moving parts this offseason for a team that is already starting to finalize an opening day roster.

That’s it for night number one from Mankato so I’m going to go find the nearest car wash.

*Stay tuned for more updates and live reports on AM 1100 The Flag and you can read all my blogs from training camp on am1100theflag.com or find them on Twitter @ARieckWZFG

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