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8-7-1, 2nd in NFC North

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings re-signed Ameer Abdullah on Monday, a move that provides depth in the running back room as Minnesota looks to build its personnel behind Dalvin Cook and on special teams in the return game.

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Vikes' Barr on spurning Jets: 'Followed my heart'

Anthony Barr said the hours leading up to his decision to renege on his agreement to join the Jets and re-sign with the Vikings marked "one of the worst days of my life," but he said he's ultimately at peace with it.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Barr called Monday "one of the worst days of my life" after instantly regretting his decision to join the Jets via a verbal commitment his agent, Brian Murphy, gave to the organization. "I think I was trying to convince myself of something all day," Barr said. "I didn't have to convince my heart because it already knew what it wanted." In the end, the linebacker left millions on the table to rejoin the place where his heart was all along and is set to begin his sixth season with the Minnesota Vikings after re-signing with the franchise on a 5-year, $67.5 million deal on Wednesday.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen has agreed to the terms of a contract restructure, multiple sources told ESPN, and signed his deal around 3 p.m. CT on Thursday. To avoid becoming a cap casualty, Griffen agreed to drop his base salary from $10.9 to $6.4 million in 2019 while is weekly roster bonuses went from $500K to $1.5 million. Griffen's cap hit was initially $11,743,750 and is now $7.931, which created $3.8 million in cap space for the Vikings, who entered Thursday with $2.95 million in available spending money. More importantly, Griffen agreeing to take a pay cut allows him to stay with the team that drafted him nine seasons ago and supported him through off-the-field issues dealing with mental health that caused him to miss five weeks last season. Griffen's deal in 2019 is set to pay him around $8 million total. Griffen is still under contract through 2022 after signing an extension two years ago in 2017. According to a league source, the defensive end is able to void the final three years of his contract after the 2019 season for increasing his playing time or sack numbers from what he accrued last season.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

At the start of the new league year, Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes' salary ($9.069 million 5th year option) is now fully guaranteed. Minnesota was able to fit Anthony Barr under the cap without moving any parts of its roster by giving him a fully GTD $2.9 million base salary/$13 million signing bonus on his new deal which comes with a $5.6 million cap hit. The Vikings still have work to do with defensive end Everson Griffen, who is milling over the restructure terms presented by the Vikings on Tuesday. Griffen's $10.9 million base salary becomes fully GTD on Friday and given where the Vikings are with their cap, the DE will have to agree to a reworked deal or will be subject to a cut or trade by the Vikings. It's also important to keep an eye on tight end Kyle Rudolph for a possible restructure given his $7.625 million cap hit in 2019. Though Rudolph and his agent have publicly refuted that Minnesota has asked him to restructure, it would make sense for the 29-year-old TE to take a potential pay cut if he wants to stay with the Vikings.

John Pluym ESPN 

All Day is All Payday, too. Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson, who is re-signing with the team on a two-year deal, has career earnings of $98,721,471, according to overthecap.com. Peterson, selected seventh overall in the 2007 draft by the Minnesota Vikings, is eighth in career rushing yards with 13,318. AD could pass Curtis Martin (14,101), LaDainian Tomlinson (13,684) and Jerome Bettis (13,662) this season.

John Pluym ESPN 

The New York Giants have a history of trading marquee players in addition to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. In 1964, they traded future Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff to the Washington Redskins. In 1972, they traded future Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton, who would go on to lead the Minnesota Vikings to three Super Bowls. Will OBJ join Huff and Tarkenton as another Giants player who left New York and then was enshrined in Canton?

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

It's been quiet on the Everson Griffen front today, but that doesn't mean there isn't work going on behind the scenes. I'm told that Griffen and his representation have been approached with the terms of a restructure from the Vikings and that the defensive end has expressed a desire to remain in Minnesota, but doing so will probably have to come via different terms than the way his contract is currently structured with $10.9 million of his base salary set to become fully guaranteed on Friday. As of right now, the ball is in Griffen's court as to whether he wants to accept the new terms the Vikings laid forth or aim to continue his career elsewhere. It's possible that these talks could continue on past the 3 p.m. start of the new league year on Wednesday. Theoretically, the Vikings could structure Anthony Barr's new deal to fit under the cap in 2019 to buy them time to work through talks with Griffen, but in the end, whether the DE takes a restructure is likely going to determine his future in Minnesota.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Nothing is final in free agency until the new league year begins at 3 p.m. CT on Wednesday, which is why Anthony Barr deciding to pivot from heading to the Jets to remain with the Vikings may come as a shock but isn't surprising at its core. Barr is a staple in Mike Zimmer's defense and an incredibly versatile presence in Minnesota's 4-3 scheme. It goes beyond sack numbers, QB pressures, his ability to cover and his overall skillset. Barr is tremendous off-ball linebacker and would be hard for the VIkings to replace all he does for this defense. But the reported $13.5 million per Albert Breer that Barr is set to earn in 2019 further puts the Vikings cap situation in a bind. That money A) is not available currently with where their salary cap stands and B) won't allow the Vikings to spend on the offensive line in free agency, get Kirk Cousins other weapons or other big moves that could improve the roster. Barr likely took a lot less from the Vikings to stay in Minnesota than he would as a 3-4 rushing OLB but is still making closer to where many anticipated his market would be. That not only to his fit in this defense but could foreshadow a bigger role off the edge as a pass rusher.

Barr to remain with Vikings, not signing with Jets (1:58)

John Pluym ESPN 

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr isn't the first player to agree to a deal with the New York Jets, only to back out and go back to the Vikings. During the 2004 offseason, CB Antoine Winfield agreed to sign with the Jets, only to back out and sign with the Vikings instead. Winfield played the next nine seasons in Minnesota, finishing with 21 interceptions during his time with the team.

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Source: Ex-Vikings DT Richardson to Browns

After one season in Minnesota, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will sign a three-year contract with the Browns, sources told ESPN.

John Pluym ESPN 

Anthony Barr, who intends to sign with the New York Jets when free agency officially opens at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, wasn't a full-time pass rusher with the Vikings last season. But when he did go after the quarterback, he recorded a pass rush win rate of 26 percent -- higher than anyone on the Jets with at least 50 pass rushes and above the DE/OLB average of 21 percent. PRWR is an ESPN metric powered by NFL Next Gen Stats.

Team Stats

Passing Yards252.313th
Rushing Yards93.330th
Points For22.519th
Points Against21.39th