With deep guard class, should Vikings consider trading down?

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Photo by Michael Wade/Icon SportswireIsaiah Wynn could figure into Minnesota's plans if things fall the Vikings' way next week.

This guard class puts Minnesota in an ideal position to sit comfortably at No. 30 while weighing all of its options in the NFL draft.

2018 Minnesota Vikings game-by-game predictions

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The NFL rewarded the Vikings' success with a tough 2018 slate, one that newcomer Kirk Cousins must navigate to return Minnesota to the postseason.

Vikings face tough road back-to-backs, including Rams and Eagles

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AP Photo/Jim MoneThe Vikings signed Kirk Cousins to be their new starting quarterback.

Plus, the Vikings are the only team to play the defending conference champions with both of those games coming on the road.

With Eric Kendricks done, more Vikings in line for extensions

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Scott W. Grau/Icon SportswireVikings linebacker Eric Kendricks' new deal is worth $50 million over five years with $25 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Trying to keep their young nucleus together could be tricky for the Vikings after they gave a monster contract to QB Kirk Cousins last month.

Vikings sign LB Eric Kendricks to five-year extension

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Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric KendricksScott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire"If he's lined up in the middle he has a chance to make a few more plays everywhere. So I don't foresee moving him," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said of Eric Kendricks.

A critical part of the league's No. 1 defense will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks signed a contract extension on Monday, the franchise announced. Kendricks' deal is a five-year extension worth $50 million with $25 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Kendricks, 26, is the first of four Vikings players with contracts coming due in 2019 to receive an extension. Minnesota will also need to decide on extensions for linebacker Anthony Barr, wide receiver Stefon Diggs and defensive end Danielle Hunter before the three are set to become free agents after this season.

"Eric is just another young core player for us," general manager Rick Spielman said. "Great player on the field. He does nothing but represent us in a first-class way out in the community, he's a leader in the defense, he's a leader in our locker room. His work ethic, his prep that he puts in week in and week out is why he's such a dynamic player for us on Sundays."

Kendricks said that he and his agent, Doug Hendrickson, were in constant communication throughout the offseason as it related to working out a deal.

"He always told me that the Vikings wanted to keep me here, and they knew I wanted to be here as well," Kendricks said. "It kind of made things easier to get done."


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Seeking secondary help, Vikings could draft first-round CB

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Mock drafts up to this point have focused on the Vikings selecting offensive line help in the first round, but could a cornerback take priority?
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsMike Zimmer, who spent several years with the Cowboys in various coaching roles, had a strong impact on many players there. "He's special to me," said Darren Woodson.

Expect Minnesota to use the draft to upgrade its offensive line and find the right protection for QB Kirk Cousins.
Jim Mone/AP PhotoKirk Cousins' cap hits will require savvy planning from the Vikings' front office to figure out how to upgrade other areas of the roster in the future.

The Vikings dove head first into the open market more than three weeks ago, doling out big deals within the first 48 hours. Where do they stand now?
AP Photo/Michael ConroyIowa guard James Daniels could be on the Vikings' radar in the first round.

The latest mock draft still has the Vikings looking for help at guard in the first round, but Kiper and McShay differ on second-round needs.
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What will the Vikings' offense look like with Kirk Cousins at QB?

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Newly signed QB Kirk Cousins expresses his thoughts on joining the Vikings and how he will handle the pressures of high expectations that Minnesota will have.
Elsa/Getty ImagesAaron Rodgers, right, has led the Packers to five NFC North titles, while Kirk Cousins comes to the Vikings after Minnesota won the division in 2017.

The Vikings won the North in 2017, then went out and grabbed free agency's top QB. But a healthy Aaron Rodgers might not be ready to cede the division.

Kendall Wright should be solid fit for Vikings' No. 3 receiver role

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Adam Wesley/USA TODAY SportsKendall Wright did most of his damage as a slot receiver last season with the Bears.

The Vikings replaced Jarius Wright with Kendall Wright, who should be a good fit in the slot after playing last season with the Bears.

Vikings sign receiver Kendall Wright

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The Minnesota Vikings have signed free-agent wide receiver Kendall Wright, it was announced Friday.

The Vikings were able to bolster a position of need on their list of offseason priorities. Minnesota cut veteran Jarius Wright two weeks ago due to concerns over salary-cap space.

Kendall Wright, 28, will compete for the No. 3 receiver position behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. He gives the Vikings a middle-of-the-field option and a reliable third-down threat.

Wright was the only Chicago Bears receiver to crack the 50-catch barrier (59) in 2017. He emerged as rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's preferred target as the season wore on, and he had a season-high 10 receptions for 107 yards in a Week 14 victory at Cincinnati.

The 2012 first-round pick spent five seasons with the Tennessee Titans before signing a one-year deal with the Bears last spring. Wright's best season was 2013, when he caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards.

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson contributed to this report.


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Vikings' grade for free agency? Cousins, Richardson secure high mark

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AP Photo/Jim MoneThe Vikings get high marks for signing QB Kirk Cousins, perhaps the most coveted free agent.

The Vikings made a huge splash in the first two weeks of free agency, but this second wave will be crucial for their hopes of a Super Bowl in 2018.

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