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Video: Watch Randy Moss’ Hall of Fame Speech as He Joins the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Randy Moss delivers a powerful speech at the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, praising his mother for all she did and stressing the importance of providing for his family.

He also tells the young members of his family “I’m here now” after 14 years of spending time away in the NFL and thanks former coach Bill Belichick for inspiring him to be his best self on and off the field.

Report: Vikings and WR Stefon Diggs Agree to Five-Year Extension

A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Vikings and wide receiver Stefon Diggs have agreed on a five-year contract extension, moving the star of the “Minneapolis Miracle” into the NFL’s top 10 highest-paid players at his position.

The new deal, which was reached on Tuesday, is valued at $72 million plus an additional $9 million in possible incentives, according to the person who spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the details.

Diggs has yet to post a 1,000-yard or 100-catch season, but his ability was on full display when he made the 61-yard touchdown reception on the game’s final play to lift the Vikings to victory over New Orleans in last season’s playoffs.

Medical Examiner Says Vikings OL Coach Tony Sparano Died of Heart Disease

A county medical examiner says Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano died of heart disease.

The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said Monday that the 56-year-old Sparano died of arteriosclerotic heart disease, or hardening of the arteries. The manner of death is listed as natural.

Sparano died Sunday in Eden Prairie, a Minneapolis suburb. He had been the Vikings’ offensive line coach since 2016.

Sparano began his NFL coaching career in 1999 and had stints as a head coach with the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders.

He was the Dolphins’ head coach from 2008-11 and went 29-32. He went 11-5 and won the AFC East in his first season with Miami.

Sparano also spent time with the Browns, Redskins, Jaguars, Cowboys and 49ers.

Late Vikings Coach Dennis Green to Be Inducted Into the Teams’ Ring of Honor

Former Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green has a long legacy that will be part of the teams’ history for a long time to come, and on September 23rd the team will pay their highest respect to the late coach.

That day the Vikings will play the Buffalo Bills, and you can get an Ocean sports bonus code for that game, an idea you want to make sure to take advantage of as the team will honor Green.

The club has announced they will induct Green into the Vikings’ Ring of Honor at halftime of the home tilt with the Bills, giving props to a coach that nearly took them to the Super Bowl during their historic 1998 season.

Green, who passed away in July of 2016, coached the Vikings from 1992 through 2001. He was the voice behind a team that set an NFL record at the time for scoring the most points in a season, and took them to the NFC Title game where a missed Gary Anderson field goal stopped them from reaching the Super Bowl and what could have been a historic matchup with John Elway and the Denver Broncos.

The one-time Stanford coach coached 171 games in 10 seasons with a 101-70 record, including playoffs, and finished with the second-most victories in franchise history behind Bud Grant (178). Grant is a Hall of Fame coach, putting Green right there with one of the best coaches in NFL history.

He led the Vikings to four NFC Central Division titles and two appearances in the NFC Championship Game. While the first NFC Title Game ended in heartbreak at home, the second the team was never in as they were blown out by the Giants in the 2000 season.

No one will ever forget the greatness of that 1998 team, a club that had their own one-hour special on NFL Network as a ‘Missing Ring’ – a team that many felt should have won the Super Bow.

That team scored 556 points for an average of 34.8 per game, an NFL record that has since been broken (the Patriots during the 2007 season in which they nearly went perfect before losing to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII).

“Dennis Green’s impact on the Minnesota Vikings, and really the entire NFL, is still felt to this day,” Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said in a statement.

“In addition to being widely regarded as one of the NFL’s top coaches, Denny was also known as a great mentor and leader by all who had the fortune of being in his presence. We’re extremely honored to forever memorialize Denny and his family in the Vikings Ring of Honor and we’re looking forward to the induction in September.”

A well deserved honor for Green and his legacy.

Vikings Re-Sign Veteran Cornerback Terence Newman

The Vikings re-signed veteran cornerback Terence Newman for 2019 according to the team’s official website.

The team had had ongoing talks with Newman about returning for his age-40 season this spring but it seemed possible they would change their minds after using their first round draft pick on UCF cornerback Mike Hughes Thursday night.

That said, the Vikings have long valued Newman’s veteran leadership both on and off the field and he is a great role model for their young secondary. Newman is also still playing at a high level despite being in the NFL since 2003, as he appeared in all 16 games last season playing 559 snaps and graded out as one of the better slot corners in the league.

Newman’s snap count will likely be reduced this season given the impressive cornerback trio of Hughes, Xavier Rhodes, and Trae Waynes. Our guess is he will still play an impactful role on a team fighting to win a Super Bowl ring.

Vikings Earn an ‘B’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Vikings, who according to Kiper got an ‘B’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

The Minnesota offseason is obviously all about Kirk Cousins and making a Super Bowl run in 2018. This team is built to win now, and it has one of the NFL’s best rosters from top to bottom. Don’t forget about the addition of Sheldon Richardson to the defensive line. He’s a game-wrecker when he’s right. So GM Rick Spielman went with needs for the Vikings’ first three picks, and all three could fill a role as rookies.

We know Mike Zimmer loves defensive backs, and he believes in drafting and developing them to be his guys. Spielman got his coach another talented corner to mold in Mike Hughes (pick 30), who is only 5-10 but was a ball hawk in his lone season at UCF. He had four interceptions and three touchdowns in the return game. The end of Round 1 was right where I expected him to go. Brian O’Neill (62) is a great athlete who is built like a tight end. He could play right tackle with Mike Remmers moving inside to guard. Jalyn Holmes (102) was a rotational player on one of the best defensive lines in the country at Ohio State. I would have liked to have seen better production.

Tight end Tyler Conklin (157), a former basketball player, could contribute. Defensive end Ade Aruna had a down season, but if he gets back to his 2016 form, he could be a steal.

This is a solid, if unspectacular, haul for Minnesota, and it gets better if Hughes can be special as a kick and punt returner.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/30 Mike Hughes CB UCF
2/62 Brian O’Neill OT PITTSBURGH
4/102 Jalyn Holmes DE OHIO STATE
5/157 Tyler Conklin TE CENTRAL MICHIGAN
5/167 Daniel Carlson K AUBURN
6/213 Colby Gossett G APPALACHIAN STATE
6/218 Ade Aruna DE TULANE
7/225 Devante Downs ILB CALIFORNIA

NFL Suspends Vikings LB Kentrell Brothers Four Games

The NFL announced on Friday that Vikings linebacker Kentrell Brothers has been suspended for the first four games of the season for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Brothers, who can still play and practice in the preseason, is eligible to return to the active roster after the Vikings’ Week 4 game against the Rams on Sept. 27. His earliest regular-season game would be against the Eagles on Oct. 7.

A fifth-round pick in 2016 out Missouri, Brothers had earned a roster spot the past two years in large part because of his work on special teams, though 2017 fourth-rounder Ben Gedeon won a spot at weak-side linebacker in the team’s base defense after Chad Greenway’s retirement.

Vikings Announce 2018 Preseason Opponents

The Vikings today announced their four preseason opponents, which include Denver, Jacksonville, Seattle and Tennessee.

The Vikings 2018 preseason schedule includes a pair of AFC teams that participated in the most-recent postseason, as well as the teams that met in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Minnesota will open its run of exhibition contests at Denver against the Broncos in Week 1, the NFL announced Wednesday.

The Vikings will host the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks in Weeks 2 and 3 before wrapping the exhibition campaign in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4.

The dates and kickoff times for Weeks 1-3 will be confirmed later. Week 1 games will be scheduled from Aug. 9-12, Week 2 from Aug. 16-19 and Week 3 from Aug. 23-26.

All teams are scheduled to play their final preseason games on Thursday, Aug. 30 before making final roster reductions.

Vikings Add Former Wide Out Tavarres King

The Vikings continued to add to their wide receiver group on Thursday, when they signed former Giants receiver Tavarres King, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

The 27-year-old played eight games and started three for the Giants a year ago, when he caught a career-high 18 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. The Giants signed King to their practice squad in Sept. 2015, and he caught a 41-yard touchdown pass in the team’s NFC wild-card playoff loss to the Packers after the 2016 season.

King, a University of Georgia product, was taken in the fifth round of the 2013 draft by the Broncos, and spent time with the Panthers, Jaguars and Buccaneers after Denver moved him to the practice squad before the 2014 season.

Vikings Ink Free Agent WR Kendall Wright

The Vikings on Friday came to terms with wide out Kendall Wright, who caught 59 passes for 614 yards a year ago for the Bears.

Wright hauled in a team-leading 59 receptions for 614 yards and one score, basically a lottery code that he can make the grabs, but doesn’t make the big plays, just 10.4 yards per catch. The former first-rounder played himself out of a job in Tennessee, but gives Minnesota, and new quarterback Kirk Cousins — an affordable pass-catcher who can operate out of the slot.

Hunting for depth after losing Jarius Wright to the Panthers, the Vikings spread an impressively wide net to unearth a player with the identical surname. Minnesota currently boasts one of the league’s top duos in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, while hoping for a big third season from 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell.

Wright put together a promising second season with the Titans in 2013, topping 1,000 yards and looking like a future star. He’s never come close since, however, looming as nothing more than a fallback option for those of you enthused by the concept of fantasy football.