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ST. PAUL—Kai Forbath is returning to the Vikings. The kicker told the Pioneer Press on Tuesday, March 20, he has signed a one-year contract that is "in the mail." Forbath wouldn't give a precise figure but said he received a "small" raise from the $775,000 he made last season. Forbath, who replaced an erratic Blair Walsh in November 2016, will be back for a third Minnesota season. He said there wasn't much suspense during negotiations.
ST. PAUL—Jarius Wright said Saturday, March 17, the door isn't closed on a return to the Vikings. The 28-year-old receiver was released Friday so the Vikings could carve out more salary-cap room for free-agent signings. He had two years left on his contract. "It's not out of the question," Wright told the Pioneer Press about a possible return under a reduced salary. "But it's the NFL. We'll have to see what happens. But I love Minnesota. I would love to come back, so you just never know what will happen."
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Safety Anthony Harris will return to the Vikings. The exclusive-rights free agent said Thursday he will sign a one-year, $705,000 tender. The contract offer is a procedural move that has been expected. "I'm excited," said Harris, undrafted in 2015 out of Virginia. "I started out with Minnesota. They gave me an opportunity to display my talents. It's been a lot of hard work trying to get better and trying to find a way to be a contributor, so to get the opportunity to come back for another year is great."
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—The Philadelphia Eagles have the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Now, they also might have a quarterback controversy. Nick Foles, who took over for an injured Carson Wentz with three games left in the regular season, was named Most Valuable Player in Philadelphia's 41-33 victory Sunday night, Feb. 4, over New England in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Philadelphia Eagles are finally Super Bowl champions. Despite losing their star quarterback -- former North Dakota State standout Carson Wentz -- to injury in the final stretch of the season, they had a more-than-capable replacement. Backup quarterback Nick Foles threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4, at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS—Former Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss was elected Saturday night, Feb. 3, to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Moss got the call in his first year of eligibility. Former Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson, also in his first year of eligibility, was not selected. Moss will be joined in the hall by former players Ray Lewis, Terrell Owens, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile, and former executive Bobby Beathard. The hall of fame class was announced at NFL Honors at the University of Minnesota's Northrop Auditorium.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—Adrian Peterson returned to the Twin Cities on Saturday, Feb. 3, and wasted no time in reuniting with adoring Vikings fans. Peterson, the Vikings' star running back from 2007-16, signed autographs and wore a perpetual smile for cheering fans during an appearance at the Mall of America Macy's story.
ST. PAUL—As receiver Kenny Britt watched New England quarterback Tom Brady over the years, he formed an interesting impression. "I thought he was a robot watching him on TV," Britt said Monday, Jan. 29, during Super Bowl media night at the Xcel Energy Center. Then last month the Patriots picked up the nine-year NFL veteran after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns. So what does Britt think about Brady now that he's seen him up close for a month?
MINNEAPOLIS—If the Minnesota Vikings try to toll Teddy Bridgewater's contract to next season, they would be in for a fight. A source said there are those with the NFL players association who believe it is "highly, highly doubtful" the Vikings could be successful with any such move. If the Vikings did attempt to toll the quarterback's $1.354 million contract to 2018, a grievance almost certainly would be filed.
Each day Doug Williams reports to work, he is reminded of the greatest game of his life. Williams is senior vice president of player personnel for the Washington Redskins, but he's best known for being MVP of Super Bowl XXII 30 years ago. The day the quarterback threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns in Washington's 42-10 win over the Denver Broncos is celebrated at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va.