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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.
MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson finally found a new team. The 32-year-old running back, who became a free agent March 9 after 10 seasons with the Vikings, agreed to terms Tuesday on a two-year, $7 million contract with the New Orleans Saints. Peterson won't have to wait long to run into his former team. The Saints open the season on Monday Night Football at Minnesota on Sept. 11.
MINNEAPOLIS — Marcus Johnson didn't make much of an impact with the Vikings a decade ago, but his name could come up this week. The last time Minnesota took a guard in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft was in 2005, when Johnson was selected out of Mississippi in the second. It would be a surprise if the Vikings don't take a guard in the first three rounds of this week's draft. They don't currently have a pick in Thursday's first round, so are scheduled to be on the clock Friday with the 48th overall pick.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Vikings will open the season at home for just the second time in 10 years. A source confirmed Thursday that the New Orleans Saints will play Minnesota at U.S. Bank Stadium on Monday Night Football on Sept. 11. It marks the second time in three seasons the Vikings will begin their season on Monday. The NFL schedule officially will be released at 7 p.m., but a number of dates already are known.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—About to turn 90, Bud Grant finally has agreed to have a bobblehead made of his likeness. The legendary Vikings coach has been approached many times about signing off on a bobblehead, but this time was convinced it could be an ideal item to promote his semi-annual garage sale, scheduled this year for May 17-19 at his Bloomington home. The former Vikings coach said this will be his last sale.