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Vikings sign Harrison Smith

The Vikings had two first round picks in the 2012 NFL draft, and they have finally inked the later of the two to a contract.

Harrison Smith, the Safety out of Notre Dame, was a player the Vikings staff and organization fell in love with at the Senior Bowl. The deal is a four-year deal with an option for a fifth. It’s rumoured that his deal will be slightly larger than last year’s 29th (Harrison’s same spot in the draft) pick Gabe Carimi (4 years, $7.06 million).

It’s pretty likely that Harrison will be a day one starter, and he could start opposite former teammate Robert Blanton (a fifth rounder in the 2012 draft). This leaves the Vikings just needing to sign 4th overall Matt Kalil and CB Josh Robinson.

Photo: Peterson races Harvin, uphill

Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin continue to rehab, but both were at a practice session yesterday. AP and Harvin are pushing each other which is always a good thing to have two star players doing to one another. View full article »

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According to Leslie Fraiser, Asher Allen has informed the team that he will retire. The 24 year old Allen started 21 games in 3 seasons with the Vikings and was likely to receive plenty of playing time this coming season as well. He was slated to make $615,000 in base salary in his last year of his rookie contract. Allen has had two concussions in his 3 year NFL career with one coming late last season but Fraiser stated that Allen did not tie his decision to the concussions. It is still unknown whether his sudden retirement decision is health related or personal related but it sounds like more of a personal life decision.

Harvin misses OTAs

One of the Vikings star players, Percy Harvin, is missing out on Organized Team Activities because of the shoulder surgery he had earlier this offseason.

Originally Harvin had said that he would be back in time for OTAs, but it appears now that it won’t be likely, as the OTAs have already started. Harvin is currently “unable to perform” and therefore is not attending. Harvin is one of the Vikings most explosive players, if not the most explosive. Harvin has missed time from practices before and has performed just fine, this minor setback shouldn’t be anything to worry about right now. However, we should be concerned about the fact that Harvin seems to be injured quiet a bit in the last few years.

Recap: Lynx make it 3-0; beat Sparks 92-84

 The Lynx perfect record was very much in doubt enter the 4th quarter down 66-70. However, a 4th quarter spurt where Minnesota outscored Los Angeles 26-14 put the game away. The big difference in the game was bench scoring. The Lynx bench outscored the Sparks 19-8. Just an example of how deep this team is. The two biggest concerns that showed up in this game was poor FT shooting (69%) and Maya Moore‘s early season turnover issues. If this team wants to keep on rolling the way it has they cannot continue to turn the ball over 15-20 times a game. The balanced scoring will keep them hard to defend. They had 4 players scoring in double-digits led by early season MVP Seimone Augustus‘ 25 points. Rebekkah Brunson was the 2nd leading scorer with 17 points. She also added 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

 The Lynx next game stays at Target Center this Sunday, May 27th against the Seattle Storm (0-2).

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network came up with a ludicrous idea of the Minnesota Vikings trading Jared Allen. View full article »