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The Vikings defense lost standout pass rusher Danielle Hunter this offseason, but Minnesota added some reinforcements in free agency with Jonathan Greenard, Andrew Van Ginkel and Blake Cashman. Then, the Vikings added Dallas Turner in the NFL Draft, and the Vikings DST could be a nice surprise this season. We need to see it from the Vikings DST first before recommending the unit as a starting option, but the Vikings DST could be worth adding off the waiver wire in all leagues during the season.

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  • Vikings' Khyree Jackson: Dies in auto accident

    Jackson, 24, died Friday in an automobile accident in Maryland, the Portland Oregonian reports. "I'm at a loss for words. My heart goes out to Khyree's family, friends, teammates and coaches," said Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell. Jackson was killed along with former Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School teammates Anthony Lytton Jr. and Isaiah Haze, according to the report. Jackson was Minnesota's fourth-round draft pick in 2024 after playing at Oregon.
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  • Vikings' Jaquelin Roy: Past ankle issue

    Roy (ankle) was spotted working out during Minnesota's minicamp Wednesday, Craig Peters of the team's official site reports. The 2023 fifth-round pick out of LSU missed the Vikings' final two games last season with an ankle injury, but it now seems as if he's moved past the issue. Roy will likely be competing for a depth role on Minnesota's defensive line this offseason after posting eight total tackles in 12 games during his rookie campaign.
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  • Vikings' Theo Jackson: Participating in OTAs

    Jackson (toe) took part in OTAs on Tuesday, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official site reports. Jackson missed the final two games of 2023 with a toe issue, but he appears to have fully recovered from the injury and was participating in drills Tuesday with fellow safeties Harrison Smith and Josh Metellus. Jackson logged 381 snaps -- 123 on defense, 258 on special teams -- over 15 games last season, recording 21 tackles (14 solo) and one interception. He re-signed with Minnesota on a one-year, $985,000 contract in February.
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  • Panthers' T.J. Smith: Agrees to terms with Carolina

    The Panthers signed Smith on Monday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. Smith bounced back and forth between the Vikings' practice squad and active roster over the course of his three-year NFL career, but he's now found a new home in Carolina. The 27-year-old defensive lineman has appeared in four games during his time in the league, recording 11 total tackles while playing 108 total snaps (86 defensive, 22 on special teams). He's expected to compete for a backup role in the Panthers defense as the offseason advances.
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  • Vikings' Khyree Jackson: Scooped in Round 4 by Minnesota

    The Vikings selected Jackson in the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft, 108th overall. Jackson (6-foot-4, 194 pounds) is a highly unusual cornerback prospect both due to his tall, lanky build as well as the strange, winding path his collegiate football career took to this point. Jackson played for Oregon in 2023 but spent his first two years out of high school out of football, only picking back up in the third year after getting a shot in the JUCO ranks. After two years there, Jackson got the attention of Alabama, where he was a backup for two years before finally transferring to Oregon. Now Jackson will be a 25-year-old rookie, and one that might require more development time all the same. If Jackson can fully channel his talent into developing more as a corner, he could prove to be effective in press coverage in particular, as his 32 and 3/4-inch arms make it easy to jab wideouts at the line of scrimmage.
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  • Steelers' Dean Lowry: Finds new home

    Lowry (pectoral) signed a contract with the Steelers on Monday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. Lowry played nine games for the Vikings last season after spending the first seven years of his career with the Packers. The Northwestern product had 14 tackles last season while not recording a sack for the first time since 2019.
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  • Vikings' Jihad Ward: Finds new home

    Ward agreed to a contract with the Vikings on Wednesday, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Ward has spent the last two seasons with the Giants and is coming off a 2023 campaign in which he recorded 24 tackles and a career-high five sacks in 17 games. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 287 pounds, Ward has experience at both defensive end and outside linebacker. He'll likely serve as a rotational pass rusher for Minnesota in 2024.
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  • Cardinals' Khyiris Tonga: Headed to Arizona

    The Cardinals signed Tonga to a one-year deal Friday, Jose M. Romero of The Arizona Republic reports. The 338-pound defensive lineman has agreed to terms with the Cardinals after spending the first three seasons of his career with the Vikings and Bears. Tonga appeared in 14 games (two starts) for Minnesota in 2023, recording eight total tackles. He's logged 28 total tackles and four passes defended across 40 career outings, and he'll likely be competing for a depth role on Arizona's defensive line throughout the offseason.
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  • Chargers' Troy Dye: Moving to L.A.

    The Chargers signed Dye (wrist) to a one-year deal Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Dye has found a new home in Los Angeles after spending the first four years of his NFL career in Minnesota. According to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Vikings offered Dye more money than the Chargers, but Los Angeles sold the 27-year-old linebacker on "the chance to start." Dye has been a core special teamer for the Vikings over the past four seasons, recording 80 total tackles in 60 games, and he'll have the opportunity to compete for a large role with the Chargers this offseason.
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  • Panthers' D.J. Wonnum: Inks deal with Carolina

    The Panthers signed Wonnum (quadriceps) to a two-year deal Thursday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Wonnum was forced to miss the end of the Vikings' 2023 campaign due to a quadriceps injury, but it now seems as if he's moved past the issue. The 26-year-old edge rusher is coming off the most productive season of his career, appearing in 15 games and recording 62 total tackles, including 8.0 sacks, while also defending six passes. With the departure of Brian Burns this offseason, Wonnum has a chance to serve as the Panthers' top pass rusher in 2024.
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  • Vikings' Jerry Tillery: Finds new home

    Tillery agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $3.75 million with the Vikings on Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Tillery was a cap casualty of the Raiders on Wednesday, and the 2019 first-round selection will now suit up with Minnesota in 2024. In 17 contests last season, the Notre Dame product tallied 31 combined tackles, including 2.0 sacks, and also recovered a fumble. He should bolster the team's depth at nose tackle for the upcoming season.
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  • Vikings' Harrison Smith: Staying in purple and gold

    Minnesota is restructuring Smith's contract, putting him in line to return for his 13th NFL season, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Smith turned 35 in February, but he'll apparently be coming back for at least one more campaign. Provided his playing time isn't cut drastically, he could be a candidate to return fringe IDP value in 2024.
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  • Vikings' Jonathan Bullard: Returning to Vikings

    Bullard has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Vikings, Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Bullard will remain in Minnesota after posting 44 tackles, including 2.0 sacks, in 2023. Both marks were career highs for the 30-year-old Bullard. He'll likely reprise his role as a rotational piece along the defensive line in 2024 after appearing in 29 games (21 starts) for the Vikings over the past two seasons.
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  • William Kwenkeu: Waived by Vikings

    Kwenkeu (undisclosed) was waived by the Vikings on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Kwenkeu didn't have an injury designation, so he appears to be healthy after spending the 2023 season on injured reserve. The Cameroonian linebacker appeared in six games for Minnesota in 2022 but played almost exclusively on special teams.
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  • Texans' Danielle Hunter: Heading to Houston

    Hunter is slated to sign a two-year deal with the Texans, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, one of the top available free agents on the market will have $48 million guaranteed over the course of the two-year deal. Hunter spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Vikings, delivering double-digit sacks in five of them including a career-high 16.5 in 2023. He'll join a group of pass rushers in Houston that includes 2023 first-round pick Will Anderson and fellow offseason pickup Denico Autry.
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  • Vikings' Dean Lowry: Gets let go

    Lowry (pectoral) was released by the Vikings on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Lowry joined Minnesota on a two-year deal last spring and was unable to make an impact with his new team. The Northwestern product appeared in nine games before suffering a torn pectoral muscle, which ended his season early, and recorded 14 combined tackles and a pass defended.
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  • Browns' Jordan Hicks: Set to sign with Cleveland

    Hicks and the Browns have agreed to terms on a two-year, $8 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The nine-year veteran has recorded more than 100 tackles in five straight seasons. Last year with the Vikings, Hicks finished with 107 tackles, five passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, an interception and a forced fumble.
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  • Lions' Marcus Davenport: Healthy again, signs with Detroit

    Davenport has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Lions after playing only four games for the Vikings in 2023 due to a high-ankle sprain, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The linebacker has never made it through a full season healthy and will be on a one-year deal for the second campaign in a row. Davenport played 112 defensive snaps and finished with seven tackles, including 2.0 sacks, with the Vikings last season. The sixth-year pro played in a career-high 15 games in 2022 with the Saints and finished with 29 tackles.
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  • Vikings' Theo Jackson: Re-signs with Minnesota

    The Vikings re-signed Jackson (toe) on Wednesday. Jackson was set to be an exclusive rights free agent this offseason, but he quickly came to terms on a new deal with the Vikings to keep him in the fold for 2024. The 2022 sixth-round pick played in 15 games for Minnesota last season, logging 126 snaps on defense and another 260 on special teams and finishing with 21 tackles (14 solo) and one interception. He missed the final two games of 2023 with a toe injury, but the health concern doesn't look to be anything that will threaten his availability for training camp.
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  • Vikings' Troy Dye: Role increases in 2023

    Dye (wrist) logged 17 total tackles, including 1.0 sack, while also forcing one fumble in 15 games during the 2023 regular season. Dye sustained a wrist injury during the Vikings' Week 16 loss to the Lions and he was placed on injured reserve shortly thereafter. The 27-year-old linebacker saw a more prominent role due to Anthony Barr missing a majority of the year. Dye, a career special-teamer, played his most defensive snaps (112) since his rookie year in 2020. The Oregon product is heading into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.
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