NFC North Blog
The likelihood of the VIkings granting star running back Adrian Peterson's wish and signing quarterback Michael Vick just lessened, as Minnesota re-signed QB Matt Cassel late Friday. The deal is for two years and is worth a reported $10 million. With that move, it's unlikely the Vikings would bring in a third QB to compete for their starting job.
Rumors are circulating that when Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders hits free agency on Tuesday afternoon, he may already have a suitor. And, if those rumors are true, Detroit WR Calvin Johnson could have a sidekick... Yeah, the Starscream label has already been assigned.
Apparently, the Vikings franchise player has made it known who he'd like to have handing him the ball in 2014. Running back Adrian Peterson tweeted on Thursday that he thinks QB Michael Vick could be the key to Minnesota getting back to the playoffs. Vick started six games for Philadelphia in 2013, injured his hamstring, then stood on the sideline the rest of the year, holding a clipboard, while Nick Foles put up impressive numbers in his 10 starts and led the Eagles to the playoffs.
This day of mediocre fantasy commodities getting cut continues with the report from FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo that the Vikings will release tight end John Carlson soon. Garafolo has been told by a source that Carlson and the Vikings were open to a contract restructuring but couldn't come to an agreement.
Carlson, 29, signed a five-year, $25 million deal two seasons ago. In that time, he caught 40 passes for a total of 387 yards.
He joined Le'Ron McClain and Jason Avant as men without a team today.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweeted Tuesday that the Bears have made "no attempt" to re-sign soon-to-be free agent Devin Hester and added that this marks the "end of an era" for one of the NFL's best kick returners of all time.
Rapoport also said he doesn't see a reunion between Hester and new Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith happening. Smith coached the Bears from 2004-12.