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EAGAN, Minn. — Kyle Rudolph had surgery during the offseason. So what else is new? The Vikings tight end had a procedure in February to repair a severely sprained right ankle that bothered him late last season. He considered it routine. "I've had five surgeries in the last 10 years," the eight-year veteran said Tuesday, June 5, following a practice during organized team activities. "It's funny when you sit there, the nurses are getting ready for pre-op, and the doctors are talking to you. I honestly feel like I'm in the dentist office getting my teeth cleaned."
EAGAN, Minn. — During a recent red-zone workout at Vikings organized team activities, new, high-priced quarterback Kirk Cousins rifled a pass toward the back of the end zone. Laquon Treadwell stretched out every inch of his 6-foot-3 frame and caught the ball before tumbling to the ground. Sweet catch? "Oh yeah," Treadwell said. Unfortunately, Treadwell hasn't made many sweet catches in games during his two seasons with the Vikings, let alone routine receptions.
EAGAN, Minn. — Opposing offensive linemen already are wary of up-and-coming Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter. Now, he's giving them even more reasons to be concerned. Hunter, who has 19½ sacks over the past two years, spent the offseason working out in Houston with James Cooper, the trainer for former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Hunter, who has worked with Cooper since entering the NFL in 2015, said his weight — 260 pounds — is the same as last season but that physically he has made strides.
EAGAN, Minn. — Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr isn't taking any chances with his future. Barr is on the books to make $12.3 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract. When he was unable to reach a deal on an extension by last week, he said he skipped the first week of organized team activities to take out an insurance policy. Barr returned Tuesday, May 29, for the start of the second week of OTAs. He participated Wednesday, as well.
EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings were effusive in their praise of Sheldon Richardson when they signed the 27-year-old defensive tackle to a free-agent contract in March. General manager Rick Spielman went so far as to say "there's no reason why he shouldn't be in the Pro Bowl year in, year out." Richardson is fine with such lofty expectations. On Wednesday, May 30, he suggested his are even higher. "I'd rather have all-pro than Pro Bowl," Richardson said following a practice during organized team activities. "That's more respectable, being an all-pro than a Pro Bowler."
Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr said Wednesday he missed the first week of organized team activities last week in order to get an injury insurance policy because he has only one year left on his contract. Barr, who will make $12.3 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract, returned Tuesday for the second week of OTAs. He participated Wednesday, as well.
Mychal Kendricks could be joining his brother Eric on the Vikings. A source said Mychal Kendricks, who was released by Philadelphia last week, was in Minnesota on Tuesday for a free-agent visit. Yahoo Sports had reported that the outside linebacker is visiting the Vikings, Cleveland and Oakland this week, and is expected to make a decision by the end of the week. Eric Kendricks, entering his fourth Minnesota season, has started at middle linebacker since he was a rookie in 2015. He signed a five-year, $50 million extension last month that begins in 2019.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — It hasn't taken long for Case Keenum to win over his new teammates. During the second week of spring drills last month, the Denver Broncos quarterback rented a suite for a Colorado Avalanche playoff game against the Nashville Predators. He invited all of Denver's offensive players, and about 20 showed up. "We had a little team bonding,'' Keenum said Tuesday, May 22, following the first practice of organized team activities. Keenum spent last season with the Vikings before signing a two-year, $36 million contract with the Broncos in March.
EGAN, Minn. — Earlier this year, Jason McCourty joined his twin brother, Devin, as a member of the New England Patriots. Last weekend, the Seattle Seahawks drafted Shaquem Griffin to pair him with twin Shaquill. This weekend, safety Mackenro Alexander is trying out with the Vikings at a rookie minicamp with the hope of joining his twin Mackenzie on the roster. "So it's the year of the twins," said Trey Robinson, the agent for both Alexanders.
EGAN, Minn. — First-round pick Mike Hughes is the last remaining unsigned Vikings draft pick. On Saturday, May 5, the Vikings signed defensive tackle Jalyn Holmes, a fourth-round selection from Ohio State, and tight end Tyler Conklin, a fifth-round pick from Central Michigan. Holmes got a four-year deal worth $3.191 million, which includes a signing bonus of $731,396. His 2018 cap number is $662,849. Conklin received a four-year, $2.741 million contract with a signing bonus of $281,032. His cap number is $550,258.