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Sharrif Floyd Drops Grievance Against Minnesota Vikings

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Former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd has officially withdrawn his grievance against the Vikings, according to the Star-Tribune’s Ben Goessling.

While the case is considered to be put to test, Floyd is still pursuing $180 million in a lawsuit against the Andrews Institute, headed by Dr. James Andrews. Notably, 40% of Floyd’s potential grievance amount ($1.9MM) counted against the Vikings’ cap.

Floyd was scheduled to earn $6.757 million, via his fifth year option back in 2017, but the Vikings  placed him on the non-football injury list due to a nerve issue in Floyd’s knee preventing him from playing.

 

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Vikings Could Trade Xavier Rhodes

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The Minnesota Vikings could be looking to trade cornerback Xavier Rhodes this offseason, according to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.

The report argues that Minnesota could use a player like Rhodes to gain assets to help bolster a weak offensive line.

Rhodes, 28, will count $13.4 million against the cap in 2019, and with the Vikings having solid depth at corner, the idea is certainly sensible.

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Kevin Stefanski to Return to Vikings

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Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski will return to his post in Minnesota next season after failing to land the head coaching gig with the Cleveland Browns, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Stefanski, 36, whose contract expired following the season, had only been considered for the Browns job and was the youngest candidate under consideration.

It’s likely that with another year under his belt in Minnesota, that he becomes a hot candidate for head coaching jobs in 2020.

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Three takeaways from the Detroit Lions 27-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, giving them 10 losses on the season

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1. For some reason, the Lions struggle with the hail mary pass

With halftime approaching, the Lions decided to give the Vikings the ball with 36 seconds left. In 34 seconds, the Vikings were able to get the ball in position for a hail mary to the end zone. Even with Kenny Golladay playing way back, the Vikings were able to capitalize on the deep pass and take the lead going into halftime. This completely changed the momentum in this game in favor the Vikings and it showed all 2nd half.

2. The Vikings absolutely dominated the 2nd half of this game

The Vikings shut out the Lions in the 2nd half. Along with that, they scored 13 points and helped pull away from this game. Their dominance in the 2nd half just showed that the Lions didn’t have a chance of coming back after that hail mary to close out the 1st half.

3. This game just emphasizes how much Jim Cooter needs to go

Getting shut out in the 2nd half and unable to score a touchdown in the entire game just concludes that offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter needs to be gone at the end of the season. Even though Matthew Stafford requested that he come back for this season, that seemed to be a mistake because Cooter has struggled to figure out this offense anytime an injury happens. 

This game didn’t really mean much for the Lions while this game meant a lot for the Vikings. This clearly showed in the 2nd half as Minnesota was able to shut down any chance of a Lions comeback. The Lions close out the season in Green Bay against the Packers and due to this being a divisional game, expect all the starters to still play this game. In conclusion, the Lions are now competing to see if they can end up with a good 1st round pick.

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