VikingsTerritory’s Crimson Rumor Mill is a two-day chronicle each and every week. All of the week’s rumors are lassoed and plopped in two spots — articles on Saturday and Sunday — for overview. These days is the Would possibly twenty seventh version.
Crimson Rumor Mill: Dalton Risner Sweepstakes, Conserving Cook dinner, Adrian Now not Leaving
Consider — rumors are rumors. What you learn on weekends in those items is what the sector is speaking about concerning the Vikings, no longer essentially pieces that may come to fruition.
Right here’s the primary batch of the week.
Rumor: Dalton Risner may finally end up in Minnesota.
Principal, there’s the Chris Kuper connection. He’s the Vikings offensive line trainer and used to be coworkers for Risner for the guard’s first 3 seasons as a professional. Above all else, that’s the reason to consider Risner to Vikings is reasonable.
In the meantime, a supply instructed VikingsTerritory this week that Minnesota is certainly ‘having a look’ at Risner. He used to be the forty first total pick out (2d Spherical) within the 2019 NFL Draft, it seems that wasn’t a concern to re-sign for the Sean Payton-led Broncos, and now lives at the free-agent cord, no less than for some time.
The Vikings handiest have 4 offensive guards at the intensity chart. Maximum groups have 5 or 6 on their 90-man rosters.
The Risner-to-Minnesota idea could be very actual.
Rumor: The Vikings may simply stay Dalvin Cook dinner after months of rumors suggesting a commerce or launch.
This chance turns into extra actual by way of the instant, mainly since the Vikings don’t seem to be in salary-cap hell. The membership has round $10 million in cap house, and one way or the other Cook dinner’s massive $14.1 million cap hit in 2023 is already baked in.
When trade-Cook dinner and release-Cook dinner theories picked up steam in March, Minnesota urgently wanted cap house. The commerce marketplace for Cook dinner might not be powerful, at which level the Vikings may simply land on “Smartly, why no longer stay him?”
It might really feel atypical to undergo a number of months of topsy-turvy Cook dinner rumors after which no motion in any respect, however stranger issues have took place than simply conserving the 27-year-old. We’d say it’s about 40/60 that Cook dinner remains finally.
Rumor: Adrian Peterson isn’t retiring.
Requested about retirement this week, Peterson opined, “Mentally, I haven’t formally hung it up. We’ll see what occurs. My mindset is, if God’s keen, possibly a chance items itself, and possibly it occurs this season. I’ll cross from there. However not anything occurs this season. Needless to say, I can be placing it up.”
Drafted in 2007 by way of the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson, ranks 5th all-time in dashing yards, trailing the mythical Barry Sanders for fourth position by way of simply 352 yards. He additionally ranks fourth in dashing touchdowns, desiring simply 4 extra to go Marcus Allen for 3rd all-time.
He gained’t be coveted as a unfastened agent — he’s 38 years previous — however may theoretically care for short-yardage-carry scenarios. And, for his sake, optimistically that might be for a playoff-bound staff.
Peterson used to be additionally requested by way of FOX 9 a couple of go back to the Vikings in March of 2022. He spoke back, “Who is aware of? It may be able to occur. But if it’s time for me to retire, in fact, I’ll be again in a red uniform, evidently.”
One day, he’ll retire in red.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the College of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his day-to-day YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs each Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates again to 1996. Indexed accountable pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doorways (the band).
All statistics supplied by way of Professional Soccer Reference / Stathead; all contractual data supplied by way of OverTheCap.com.