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The Vikings and WR Stefon Diggs have agreed to a 5-year extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It tacks on to the final season of his rookie deal, locking him up in Minnesota through the 2023 campaign. Although injuries have gotten in the way -- he's missed 8 games through 3 NFL seasons -- Diggs has averaged 5.0 catches and 61.8 yards per game. He's finished top 14 among WRs in PPR points per game each of the last 2 years. Turning just 25 in November, the arrow is still pointing up on Diggs.

Update: Diggs' extension has a base salary of $72 million and can be worth up to $81 million. He got $40 million in guarantees.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is healthy enough to go without a knee brace in training camp practices. “I told myself, ‘I know the work I put in. I’m going to test it out before I get back to training camp,’” he told the Pioneer Press. “I felt comfortable with [not wearing] it, so I just went forward and made sure the training staff knows that I’m not going to be wearing it. They are comfortable with it as long as I’m comfortable with it.” This isn't necessarily a next step in his recovery, but it seems a good sign that Cook's repaired knee is in good shape.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) is a "full go" for training camp, according to insider Chris Tomasson. Cook was able to get in some limited work this spring and is now nearly 10 months removed from his torn ACL. Durability remains an issue for a guy with 3 shoulder surgeries, a hamstring injury and a sprained ankle in his medical history. But a healthy Cook is a good bet for RB1 production this season.

According to 247Sports, Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell has been running with the 1st team during OTAs and exhibiting more confidence than he did through his 1st 2 seasons. The former 1st-round pick has totaled just 21 pro receptions to date and stands a long way from fantasy relevance. But he could secure the #3 WR gig behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Opting for Treadwell in that spot ahead of newly signed veteran Kendall Wright would allow Minnesota to run Thielen more from the slot, where he has performed well over the past 2 years. Wright, on the other hand, is almost exclusively a slot receiver.

Vikings new OC John DeFelippo isn't making major changes to last year's offense under Pat Shurmur. Both DeFelippo and Shurmur run West Coast systems. “The things you keep the same are formations, for example — what you call formations,” DeFilippo explained. “We’re calling the run game pretty much the exact same. If there was a [similar] pass concept that we’re putting in, we called it what they called it last season. Coach Shurmur got taught by Coach [Andy] Reid, and like the purest West Coast guys. I’ve learned from some of the guys on that tree, as well. So from a philosophical standpoint, there’s very similar things." Between the OC switch and the arrival of QB Kirk Cousins, there have been significant changes to a Vikings offense that ranked 11th in yards and 10th in points last year. Some continuity in offensive scheme should help the transition go more smoothly.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said over the weekend that RB Dalvin Cook (knee) will participate in this week's OTAs on a limited basis. Cook is about 7-and-a-half months removed from tearing his left ACL. "He's done really well," Zimmer said. "He's ahead of schedule. We're excited about where he's at." The fact that Cook will do anything in these May workouts is encouraging. He's seemingly on track for training camp -- and to be a full-go come Week 1.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has been a limited participant in spring workouts. He's recovering from post-season surgery to his right ankle. Barring a setback, he should be ready to rock come training camp. Prior to injuring that ankle in Week 14, Rudolph was sitting 7th among TEs in PPR points.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) is on track to be a full-go for training camp, according to head trainer Eric Sugarman. "Dalvin’s knocked the rehab out of the park,” Sugarman said. “He’s done a great job. He’s been here every day since the injury occurred post-surgery. … He’ll participate in (organized team activities and minicamp) on a limited basis. … Then the plan is for him, hopefully when he gets to training camp … he’ll be a participant just like everybody else.” Cook will be nearly 10 months removed from his torn ACL when training camp opens and more than 11 months removed when the regular season kicks off. Barring a setback, he should be ready for lead-back duties come Week 1. Cook was sitting 8th among RBs in PPR points through 3 healthy games last year. From Week 5 on, Minnesota produced a pair of top 15 PPR backs (Jerick McKinnon 10th, Latavius Murray 15th).

The Vikings signed WR Kendall Wright to a 1-year deal. After fizzling out in Tennessee, Wright revived his value a bit with a 59-614-1 line in Chicago last year. He figures to slide in as Minnesota's #3 WR behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen -- although he'll need to hold off Laquon Treadwell for that spot. Wright won't be much of a fantasy factor without an injury to the 2 guys in front of him on the depth chart.

The Vikings on Friday announced that they have signed DT Sheldon Richardson. He spent a quiet 2017 with the Seahawks but remains a big talent and joins a loaded Minnesota D-line. Richardson will play alongside DT Linval Joseph and DEs Everton Griffen and Danielle Hunter. All carry IDP intrigue, and Minnesota figures to rank among the top defenses in both real life and fantasy in 2018

The Broncos on Wednesday agreed to send QB Trevor Siemian and a 2018 draft pick to the Vikings for a 2019 pick (both unspecified), according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Siemian actually joins Minnesota before Kirk Cousins has officially signed, but Cousins will obviously step into the starting role -- barring some shocking breakdown in negotiations. Siemian, meanwhile, can slide into the backup role he should have occupied all along.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that QB Kirk Cousins expects to sign with the Vikings on Thursday. The agreement will reportedly be a 3-year deal that's fully guaranteed. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Minnesota had offered $28 million per year. Those are giant numbers, but that's the way QB contracts go when the player's shy of 30. Cousins lands in a nice spot for at least 2018, when he'll throw to WRs Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, TE Kyle Rudolph and 2nd-year RB Dalvin Cook. Diggs will be in the final year of his contract, though, and Rudolph could be a cut candidate next offseason. Cousins -- who will turn 30 in August -- finished 5th among fantasy QBs last year despite losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon and missing Jordan Reed for most of the year. He certainly looks like a top-10 fantasy QB for 2018 at the moment. And he should support continued solid value for Diggs, Thielen and Rudolph.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook will be "pretty close" to being ready for OTAs, HC Mike Zimmer said from the Combine on Wednesday. Cook tore his left ACL on October 1, giving him a little more than 11 months to get ready for the start of the 2018 campaign. It sounds like he's on track, but we'll continue to keep a close eye on his progress. Cook averaged a strong 4.8 yards per carry and 8.2 yards per catch in 4 appearances as a rookie last year.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph revealed that he underwent surgery on his right ankle after the season. He hurt it in Week 14 and, although he didn't miss a game, he totaled just 11 catches over Minnesota's final 5 games (including playoffs). We don't have a timeline for Rudolph's return to the field, but there's no reason to believe at this point that the ankle will be an issue in 2018.

Vikings S Andrew Sendejo (concussion) is active for tonight's game against the Eagles.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (back) is active for tonight's NFC Championship game against the Eagles. He's OK to use as you normally would have in fantasy football lineups.

Vikings S Andrew Sendejo is questionable for Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Eagles as he works back from a concussion. He put in a full practice Friday after limited workouts the previous 2 days. We’ll see if he’s cleared in time for Sunday’s game

The Vikings list WR Adam Thielen (lower back) as questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship against the Eagles. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, and we've heard nothing to suggest that he's in danger of missing this one. We'll continue to look for updates and will find out Thielen's official status around 5 pm ET on Sunday.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (lower back) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. We'll get another update tomorrow, but he should be fine for Sunday's NFC Championship against the Eagles.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen missed Wednesday's practice with a lower back injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's all the info we have for now. Thielen never exited last weekend's game, and there's no reason at this point to believe he's in danger of missing Sunday's NFC Championship against the Eagles. But we'll keep a close eye on him over the next few days.

 
 
 

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