Vikings RE Jared Allen said he has "absolutely no idea" where he'll be playing football at in 2014.
"I pray about it," Allen said. "I talk to my wife. And we'll end up going where the good Lord takes us. But I don't know where that path is headed. Best-case scenario would have been that we would have never gotten to this point. Best-case scenario would have been the organization would have gotten something done [on an extension] a few years back." Allen is entering the final year of his contract, and so are fellow defensive ends Brian Robison and Everson Griffen. Allen and the Vikings have yet to discuss an extension.
Vikings RE Jared Allen says the team never asked him to restructure his contract.
"You use the word restructure and that to me makes it feel like they'd want me to take a pay cut," Allen said. "And if anybody asked me to take a pay cut, I'd be through the first door out of there. So no. We haven't talked one iota." Allen is entering the final year of his contract in his age-31 season and is set to make over $14 million. The two sides also haven't discussed an extension.
Vikings CB Chris Cook is asking the coaching staff to let him shadow opposing No. 1 receivers this year.
The Vikings have dabbled with this in the past, although Cook has been unable to stay healthy and establish himself in the "shadow corner" role. They'll probably give him another shot at it in 2013, while Xavier Rhodes attends to No. 2 wideouts as a rookie. Cook hopes the coaches will let him match up with Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, and Jordy Nelson in the NFC North.
The Vikings have moved Joe Webb to wide receiver.
"We had been talking about it for a while, and we made the decision that this was the way to go after we had our draft," coach Leslie Frazier said. Webb hasn't lined up at receiver since rookie minicamp in 2010, but he's been catching passes on the side for a few weeks now. Webb posted forty times of 4.44 and 4.45, an 11-foot-5 broad jump, and 42.5" vertical at UAB's Pro Day three years ago. He also has 10 3/4-inch hands to go with his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame. Webb has a chance to be the No. 4 or 5 receiver if the transition goes smoothly.
Vikings agreed to terms with No. 214 overall pick OG Travis Bond on a four-year contract.
Bond is an imposing 6-foot-5, 329 pounds with 35.5-inch arms, but is limited athletically. He managed just a 22.5-inch vertical leap at the Combine to go along with an 8-foot-2 broad jump. He'll have to prove he's more than just a big body to earn a roster spot.
Vikings agreed to terms with No. 196 overall pick OG Jeff Baca on a four-year contract.
A 45-game starter for UCLA, Baca split time between guard and tackle. He projects as a left guard or center for the Vikings. Baca showed well at the Combine, posting 28 bench-press reps to go along with a 5.03 40-yard dash and 1.68 ten-yard split, but won't be more than a reserve interior lineman as a rookie.