NFL To Announce 2014 Schedule In PrimeTime Wednesday Night

Minnesota Vikings Introduce Mike Zimmer

Wednesday night the NFL will announce the complete 2014 slate, including the 16 regular season games for the Vikings as they look to make it back to the playoffs.

As we already know, the team will host the following teams at home – Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, New York Jets

As for the away games, the Vikings will play in Chicago, Detroit, at the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, and Miami Dolphins.

The three-hour event in which the schedule will be released will be televised live on NFL Network.

Previewing the 2014 Minnesota Vikings Schedule Release

Denver Broncos v Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings need to get more consistent at defense and under center, but as long as they have running back Adrian Peterson, they have a shot at making noise in 2014. They’ll absolutely need to answer some questions to get that done this year, but with new defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer on board, they appear closer to doing just that.

Minnesota’s 2014 success likely hangs on how they handle their road schedule, as they were brutal away from home last year with a horrid 0-7-1 finish. In 2014, trips to New Orleans, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Buffalo and Miami should make marked improve fairly difficult.

The Minnesota Vikings schedule at home unfortunately won’t be much easier, as they’ll be welcoming the Panthers, Falcons, Redskins, Patriots and Jets to their home fie

All 2014 Opponents

Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, New York Jets

Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Vikings Release Tight End John Carlson

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The Vikings are making some roster changes. The organization has released tight end John Carlson after just his second season into the five-year, $25 million contract he signed in 2012. Carlson was the second string tight end on the depth chart behind Kyle Rudolph. Carlson was owed $3.9 million if he were to stay on the roster in 2014.

Carlson was contemplating retirement after suffering another concussion last season. In 2013, Carlson suffered his third concussion since being in the league.Carlson played in 13 games and made 8 starts, while recording 32 receptions for 341 yards and just one touchdown. The 29-year-old Carlson has a total of 177 catches, for 1,906 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Carlson’s release freed $2 million in cap space for the Vikings and the original signing of the tight end ended up being a bad deal for the organization.

Carlson still plans to play football as he will turn 30 this May.

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Vikings Not Likely To Bring Back LB Marvin Mitchell

Marvin Mitchell

Free agent linebacker Marvin Mitchell is not expected to be re-signed by the Vikings according to ESPN.com.

The 30-year-old Mitchell began last season as the team’s starting weak-side linebacker, lost the job briefly, then finished the year as the starter after Desmond Bishop tore his ACL.

Due to his struggles with pass protection, however, he is really considered a part-time player and special teamer and the Vikings have clearly decided that his production can be replaced by a cheaper player. Gerald Hodges is considered a good in-house candidate to replace Mitchell.

Mitchell will likely continue his NFL career elsewhere but projects strictly as a backup.

John Carlson Set To Make $3.9 Million If He Returns

Carlson Set To Make over $3 million of he returns to team

Over the last few seasons, the NFL has been taking notice of concussions and head injuries. It seems that tight end John Carlson, is also very cautious of concussions. In 2013, Carlson suffered his third concussion since being in the league. Now, Carlson is contemplating retirement.

As for general manager Rick Spielman, he says he has not heard a peep from Carlson if he would be returning to the team or not. Carlson is set to make 3.9 million if he comes back in 2014 to serve as the second string tight end behind Kyle Rudolph.

Carlson played in 13 games and made 8 starts, while recording 32 receptions for 341 yards and just one touchdown. The 29-year-old Carlson has a total of 177 catches, for 1,906 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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Prisco: Vikings To Take OLB Khalil Mack With 8th Pick

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CBS Football Insider Pete Prisco is out with his first mock draft, and he has the Vikings taking Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack with the eighth pick.

8. Minnesota Vikings — Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack: New coach Mike Zimmer has a big task in trying to rebuild that defense. He needs to get faster.

To see the entire mock draft – click HERE

Kluwe: Minnesota Could Be Good Landing Spot For Michael Sam

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Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe doesn’t deny it could be odd if the team were to draft Michael Sam and Mike Priefer remains on the staff.

But Kluwe said he believes Minnesota could be a good landing spot for the University of Missouri defensive end who on Sunday announced publicly that he is gay, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

If drafted, Sam could be the first openly gay player in NFL history.

Kluwe, a rare outspoken proponent of gay rights in the pro football community, has accused Priefer, the team’s special teams coordinator, of making homophobic remarks in 2012 in response to Kluwe’s support of same-sex marriage. Priefer has denied the allegations, which are being investigated by the team.

But Kluwe said that overall, the Vikings atmosphere “would be good” for Sam.

“The vast majority of the coaches (never antagonized me),” Kluwe said. “Zygi (Wilf, the owner) has been supportive (of gay and lesbian rights). Obviously, my situation was isolated.”

Priefer last week was officially retained by new head coach Mike Zimmer.

Asked in a Tuesday interview with the Pioneer Press if it might be odd if Sam were to play for a staff that included Priefer, Kluwe said, “Yeah, but we’re still waiting. I don’t think any resolution has been made (on the investigation). We’ll just have to wait and see.”

A source with knowledge of the investigation told the Pioneer Press last week that Priefer’s employment could be re-evaluated after the investigation is completed, likely around the end of March.

Wilf issued a statement Monday in which he said the Vikings “commend Michael Sam for being very courageous with his openness on something of such a personal nature” and that “his comments will have no impact on how the Vikings view Michael as a football player or as a person.”

Kluwe commended Wilf for his statement.

“He cares about treating people well,” he said.

Spielman Wants To Add More Draft Picks

Rick Spielman

The Vikings have eight picks in the NFL draft. General Manager Rick Spielman wants to add at least two more, Master Tesfatson of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Spielman said the team’s annual goal is to compile at least 10 draft selections. The Vikings have a pick in every round with an extra third-rounder received from Seattle in a trade for receiver Percy Harvin.

“We have eight right now, and a lot of that [movement] doesn’t happen until you’re on the clock,” Spielman said Saturday during the 19th annual Arctic Blast snowmobile rally to benefit the Vikings Children’s Fund. “Heck, last year they pulled me out of a press conference to go get [Cordarrelle] Patterson because you never know. But I really, really think we’re going to do a lot of movement in the draft.”

Spielman said he thinks the Vikings have a lot of flexibility with the eighth overall pick and plans to be aggressive in the draft with the idea of trading down for more picks, or up for a certain player.

“Everything is a possibility; we’re in February,” Spielman said.

One option with the eighth pick could be a quarterback. Spielman laughs at mock drafts in February because with the draft three months away, he doesn’t know yet who the Vikings will pick.

He does, however, likes the depth at quarterback in this draft and he doesn’t necessarily think the eighth overall pick has to be a quarterback.

“There’s so many things that can happen, but we have to get to the bottom of it first where we’re homing in on guys,” Spielman said. “Once we home on specific traits we’re looking for at that position and we say, ‘These are three guys that we are really want,’ I’ll have a pretty good indication of where we’ll be able to get those guys at what point in the draft, but all that will play itself out.”

2014 NFL Free Agents – Vikings Have $812,313 Of Cap Space

Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers, 2014 NFC Wild Card Playoffs

Unrestricted Free Agents

Quarterbacks

Derek Anderson CAR
Jimmy Clausen CAR
Josh McCown CHI
Jordan Palmer CHI
Jon Kitna DAL
Shaun Hill DET
Matt Flynn GB
Chad Henne JAX
Josh Freeman MIN
Luke McCown NO
Curtis Painter NYG
David Garrard NYJ
Michael Vick PHI
Charlie Whitehurst SD
Tarvaris Jackson SEA
Colt McCoy SF
Kellen Clemens STL
Brady Quinn STL
Dan Orlovsky TB
Rusty Smith TEN
Rex Grossman WAS

Running backs

Rashard Mendenhall ARI
Bernard Scott BAL
Willis McGahee CLE
George Winn DAL
Knowshon Moreno DEN
Kahlil Bell GB
James Starks GB
Ray Graham HOU
Jonathan Grimes HOU
Deji Karim HOU
Chad Spann HOU
Ben Tate HOU
Ahmad Bradshaw IND
Donald Brown IND
Tashard Choice IND
Tauren Poole IND
Delone Carter JAX
Maurice Jones-Drew JAX
Toby Gerhart MIN
LeGarrette Blount NE
Andre Brown NYG
Peyton Hillis NYG
Darius Reynaud NYJ
Rashad Jennings OAK
Darren McFadden OAK
Jonathan Dwyer PIT
Felix Jones PIT
La’Rod Stephens-Howling PIT
Ronnie Brown SD
Anthony Dixon SF
Spencer Larsen TB
Brian Leonard TB
Jackie Battle TEN
Leon Washington TEN

Fullbacks

John Kuhn GB
Lex Hilliard NYJ
Chris Gronkowski SD
Michael Robinson SEA
Erik Lorig TB
Greg Jones TEN

Wide receivers

Andre Roberts ARI
Jacoby Jones BAL
Brandon Stokley BAL
Brandon Kaufman BUF
Ted Ginn CAR
Domenik Hixon CAR
Brandon LaFell CAR
Devin Hester CHI
Brandon Tate CIN
Andre Caldwell DEN
Eric Decker DEN
Kevin Ogletree DET
Micheal Spurlock DET
James Jones GB
Deion Branch IND
Darrius Heyward-Bey IND
Josh Lenz IND
Taylor Price JAX
Kyle Williams KC
Terrance Cooper KC
Chad Hall KC
Jerrell Jackson KC
Dexter McCluster KC
Marlon Moore MIA
Jerome Simpson MIN
Joe Webb MIN
Austin Collie NE
Julian Edelman NE
Robert Meachem NO
Louis Murphy NYG
Hakeem Nicks NYG
Julian Talley NYG
Josh Cribbs NYJ
Jacoby Ford OAK
Riley Cooper PHI
Jeremy Maclin PHI
Plaxico Burress PIT
Jerricho Cotchery PIT
Emmanuel Sanders PIT
Seyi Ajirotutu SD
Danario Alexander SD
Lavelle Hawkins SD
Arceto Clark SEA
Golden Tate SEA
Bryan Walters SEA
Anquan Boldin SF
Mario Manningham SF
Kassim Osgood SF
Adam Henry STL
Tiquan Underwood TB
Kenny Britt TEN
Marc Mariani TEN
Kevin Walter TEN
Damian Williams TEN
Dezmon Briscoe WAS
Josh Morgan WAS
Santana Moss WAS

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Vikings Release Troubled LB Erin Henderson

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The Vikings have released veteran LB Erin Henderson, this after two arrests.

It was an expected move by the Vikings, the last arrest for Henderson came January 2nd when he allegedly ran his black SUV off the road and was arrested on suspicion on driving under the influence.

Henderson played six seasons with the Vikings. The Vikings couldn’t cut Henderson until this week because of the NFL’s transaction moratorium.

Henderson also was arrested November 19th for probable cause DWI and possession of a controlled substance. The linebacker had a career-high four sacks and two interceptions and started 12 games this past season.

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