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MINNEAPOLIS — After Michael Floyd signed Wednesday with the Vikings, he spoke to hall of fame wide receiver Cris Carter. Carter's message was simple. He's willing to help Floyd in whatever way possible to overcome his off-the-field issues. After playing for Philadelphia from 1987-90, Carter was waived because of substance-abuse issues. He joined the Vikings, stayed clean and made eight Pro Bowls playing for them from 1990-2001.
MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Floyd is coming home. The Vikings reached a deal Wednesday to sign the former Cretin-Derham Hall High School star wide receiver. A source said the free agent will get a one-year, $1.5 million contract that could be worth as much as $6 million with incentives. Floyd tweeted about the move, “"Happy as ever!!! Can't wait to get to work #SkolVikes.''
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—When Xavier Rhodes was at Florida State, dreaming of making the NFL, he studied film of star defensive backs Darrelle Revis and Patrick Peterson. Now, aspiring defensive backs are studying Rhodes. After the Vikings took North Carolina State's Jack Tocho in the seventh round of last month's draft, he talked about learning from game tape of the Minnesota cornerback.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings are considering signing free-agent wide receiver Michael Floyd, a former Cretin-Derham Hall star who pleaded guilty in February to extreme DUI and spent 24 days in jail. ESPN reported Friday that Floyd has been in talks with the Vikings and some other teams, and hopes to have a deal done by the end of next week. Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer declined comment on Floyd, but a source confirmed the team has expressed interest in him.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Dalvin Cook took a handoff, burst through a hole on the right side and sprinted downfield toward the end zone. OK, so there was no tackling Friday on the first day of Vikings rookie minicamp. Still, the young running back showed everybody what he could do on the first workout as a pro. "I think he might be the best back in this rookie class," Vikings rookie linebacker Elijah Lee said. "I want to hype him up and encourage him that he's going to be the best and go for a big award."
ST. PAUL — As far as Dick Vitale is concerned, new Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is awesome, baby! Yes, Vitale is a college basketball announcer for ESPN, but he's also a big college football fan who lives in the Tampa Bay area. Last week he called on his beloved Buccaneers to draft Cook out of Florida State. Instead, he went to Minnesota in the second round.
More became known Thursday night about the Sam Bradford trade. The Vikings didn't have a first-round pick in the NFL draft since they dealt it to Philadelphia last September with a 2018 fourth-round pick for the quarterback. The Eagles used that No. 14 selection overall to take Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett. It remains to be seen what happens in the future with Barnett and with Bradford, but the Eagles for now are happy.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—General manager Rick Spielman says it's unlikely the Vikings will trade into the first round when the NFL draft gets underway Thursday. And why should they? Spielman has handled Minnesota drafts since 2007, and his record in the first round has been uneven. In later rounds, he and his staff have found their fair share of players who turned out much better than many of the higher-priced guys taken on the first day.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—The Vikings are unlikely to pick up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year option for 2018, ESPN reported Wednesday, April 26. The Vikings have until Tuesday to make a decision on the option on Bridgewater, who suffered a serious knee injury last August and his 2017 season is in jeopardy. Joel Corry of CBS Sports reported Bridgewater's option would be worth $12.198 million, and it would be guaranteed only for injury. "The injury guarantee makes it tough to do,'' a source told ESPN.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—If the Vikings consider Sam Bradford their quarterback of the future, he says he has seen no evidence of that. Bradford said Tuesday he knows of no talks between his agent, Tom Condon, and the Vikings about a possible contract extension. "I don't believe so," Bradford said during the team's second week of voluntary offseason workouts.