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Charley Walters: Case Keenum would be Vikings’ least-risky QB choice – TwinCities.com

Among a Vikings’ apparent quarterback options — Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford and long-shot Kirk Cousins — Keenum would yield a slightest volume of risk.

It has to be tough for a Vikings to have full trust in any of the group. But if a group agrees that Keenum provides a best possibility for success, he could be sealed to a free-agent understanding soon, even before Tuesday’s 3 p.m. NFL deadline to appropriate possibly a authorization or transition tab on him.

Charley Walters_sigBy a way, a gossip around a joining that a Vikings have decided not to tab Keenum should be deliberate for what it is. A rumor.

It’s formidable to assume what arrange of agreement — length, income — a Vikings would be peaceful to give Keenum, who turned 30 dual weeks ago, or what other teams would be peaceful to offer him.

The Vikings don’t know either final season’s play — an 11-3 regular-season record as starter — was serendipity or not. But they have to choose somebody, and Keenum seems a many advantageous choice.

It’s tough to trust a Vikings would trust Bridgewater or Bradford, given of knee injuries, to be their starter.

Cousins is deliberate a best giveaway representative available. But he is not among a NFL’s selected QBs. Also, he is approaching to pointer with whatever group gives him a many money, and a Vikings can’t offer the many money. The Jets would win a behest foe for Cousins.

Remember, whenever a actor says it’s not about a money, it’s about a money.

Cousins, who is from Holland, Mich., could fetch a deal worth $30 million a year, many of it adult front and guaranteed. He reportedly is building a home on Lake Michigan in his home state.

Regarding Cousins and a Vikings and a Jets, as pointed out by “The Sports Tax Man,” CPA Robert Raiola, nonetheless a taxation rate in Minnesota is 9.85 percent, Michigan and Minnesota have a reciprocal agreement. That means if Cousins plays for a Vikings, he would pay the Michigan taxation rate of 4.25 percent instead of a 9.85 percent.

The Jets play in East Rutherford, N.J. The taxation rate in New Jersey is 8.97 percent. New Jersey does not have taxation respect with Michigan.

The Vikings need to haven money for subsequent year to re-sign core players Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks and Danielle Hunter. The Vikings are built on defense. There’s also Stefon Diggs on offense to pay.

The usually free-agent quarterback value a Vikings busting the payroll for would be Drew Brees, a destiny first-ballot gymnasium of famer who is approaching to sojourn in New Orleans.

The Vikings are picking too late in April’s breeze (No. 30) and don’t have adequate to trade adult to get a quarterback for the future.

It won’t be surprising if a Vikings offer Bridgewater a backup QB contract. Should he decline, a group would have to find a veteran backup.

Interestingly, a Super Bowl champion Eagles final week sounded like they would be peaceful to trade QB Nick Foles for the right price. But after a Vikings got pinched in a Bradford trade with Philadelphia dual years ago, another understanding with a Eagles would seem unlikely.

A trade for Foles substantially would need a second-round draft collect and another pick. Arizona could be a finish for Foles.

It appears a Vikings won’t be means to means to re-sign giveaway representative ensure Joe Berger, who could finish adult with a Giants. It’s also approaching a Vikings will try to renegotiate down using behind Latavius Murray’s $5.8 million income for next season.

It’s insincere far-reaching receiver Michael Floyd won’t be re-signed by a Vikings.

Wild owners Craig Leipold lights adult when encountered by people who ask him what’s wrong with his team.

“I say, ‘What’s wrong with a team?’ — it’s the second-best we’ve ever played!” he answers in wonderment.

Leipold is right. The Wild, some-more than three-quarters into the season, have a second-most points in their 17-year history. The only deteriorate when they were some-more prolific during this connection was last season.

“We still have a lot of work to do to get into the playoffs,” Leipold said. “This is accurately where we’ve wanted to be — it’s all about peaking during a right time. It’s going to prepared us for the playoffs, and that’s what everybody looks at.”

Among a NHL’s 31 teams, a Wild lead in tickets sold over locus ability (106 percent).

“It doesn’t get many better,” Leipold said. “I consider our fans see we’re committed, that we’ve got a good, sparkling team.”

The Wild arrange No. 7 in a NHL in attendance, averaging 18,997. In crosstown Minneapolis, a Timberwolves arrange No. 22 in the 30-team NBA, averaging 16,811, 88.6 percent of locus capacity.

The Timberwolves have had 11 sellouts this season.

The Wild lift 25-to-1 odds to win a Stanley Cup, according to Bovada-Las Vegas. The Timberwolves, following the indefinite detriment of Jimmy Butler given of knee surgery, have left from 33-to-1 to 75-to-1 to win a NBA championship.

Glen Taylor has had some-more than his share of misfortune since shopping a Timberwolves 23 years ago. Finally this season, after not creation a playoffs given 2004, it seemed a long-patient owner had a group headed to a postseason.

Then Butler final week underwent medicine for a torn meniscus. His lapse is uncertain.

“I usually said, ‘Why me again?’ ” Taylor pronounced when Butler went down. “I’ve talked to Jimmy given a injury, and he’s assured about the team that they have a tools” to get into a playoffs.

Going into his final game, in college basketball’s 6 major conferences, a Gophers’ Jordan Murphy was one of usually 3 players to normal during slightest 17 points and 11 rebounds. The others were Duke’s Marvin Bagley and Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton.

Ayton, a 7-foot freshman, is approaching to be a NBA’s No. 1 collect in June’s draft, a 6-11 beginner Bagley among a top five.

Murphy, a 6-6 junior, finished averaging 16.8 points and 11.3 rebounds. But he’ll have to turn a three-point hazard in order to get a possibility in a NBA.

The Gophers men’s basketball team finished 2-14 after Reggie Lynch was ruled ineligible.

The Penn State men’s hockey team that degraded the Gophers 3 true times in 8 days has 6 players from Canada, dual from Russia and one from Finland.

Former Mr. Basketball Minnesota Royce White, 26, anticipating to lapse to the NBA, leads a London Lightning in Canada in scoring (24.5 points per game) and rebounds (7.9).

As shortly as it was clear that a New York Rangers decided to rebuild, a Stanley Cup-contending Tampa Bay Lightning moved final week to acquire Ryan McDonagh, a Cretin-Derham Hall grad who was a Rangers’ captain.

“We got a genuine plain actor and a genuine plain tellurian being — by all accounts, each direction, a impression of this man is something special,” Tom Kurvers said. “Captain of a New York Rangers, that’s a large deal.”

Kurvers, 55, a 1984 Hobey Baker leader from Minnesota-Duluth and Bloomington Jefferson, is comparison confidant for Tampa Bay.

“Ryan fits in unequivocally well, strengthens a blue line — we have copiousness of offense,” Kurvers said. “He was partial of (the Rangers) decision to go immature and replenish their team. And it’s not like he’s an aged actor (28). Once that was clear, we were really interested, like most teams.

“It creates us stronger, though guarantees nothing. It’s a tough highway once a playoffs start.”

J.T. Brown, a former UMD star and son of former Vikings using behind Ted Brown, was waived by Tampa Bay and picked up by Anaheim. In 24 games for Tampa Bay, Brown had a idea and three assists. He has a idea and dual assists in 18 games for a Ducks.

“Anaheim smartly picked him adult — he’s good player,” Kurvers said.

Apple Valley’s Tyus and Tre Jones — one of a handful of brothers to be named McDonald’s All-American high propagandize basketball players– will seem at 5:30 p.m. Monday for a promo during a Apple Valley McDonald’s.

The Gophers ball team that plays horde to UCLA during 6 p.m. Sunday in a Dairy Queen Classic during U.S. Bank Stadium has a handful of pro prospects, though initial competence be youth shortstop Terrin Vavra, son of Detroit Tigers peculiarity control manager Joe Vavra, a ex-Twins bench manager from Menomonie, Wis.

Vavra, approaching to be selected in June’s vital joining draft, had 5 multi-hit games in a Gophers’ initial 8 games.

“He had a behind problem a initial dual years from an old injury that finally healed, and he’s been means to use each day and been healthy given final summer. And that’s been reflected in his game,” Minnesota manager John Anderson said. “He’s personification during a high level.”

Vavra was a Big Ten actor of a week final week.

Gophers men’s basketball manager Richard Pitino speaks at a Dunkers breakfast Tuesday at a Minneapolis Club.

Happy birthday: Former Gopher-Minnesota Fighting Saint Pat Westrum incited 70 on Saturday.

Nice story: Jade Tucker, cut as a comparison from her White Bear Lake varsity basketball team, persevered to turn a starter for her Wisconsin-Superior basketball group that modernized to Division III NCAA tournaments a past 3 seasons.

Not given 1999, when Augsburg College featured future NBA actor Devean George, had a Auggies done a NCAA Division III tournament. But they achieved it this deteriorate by violence St. Thomas (three times), No. 3-nationally ranked St. John’s on a highway and Bethel during Bethel to turn a MIAC playoff champion.

The Auggies sprang into a 64-team contest behind 6-foot-8 former Buffalo star Collin Olmscheid, a MIAC’s actor of the year after attack 45 three-point margin goals.

Coach Aaron Griess, by a way, left a conduct pursuit at Division II Chaminade University in Honolulu to coach Augsburg 13 years ago. In a 2003 Maui Invitational, it was Griess who coached Chaminade to a vital dissapoint of Villanova.

Woodbury’s Jake Guentzel, who final deteriorate scored 16 goals in 40 games for Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh, has 20 goals in 65 games this season.

Former St. Paul Saints hockey actor Freddie Brown, who had some-more than 500 career points and substantially would have done it to the NHL had there not been usually 6 teams when he played, died a other day during age 90 in assisted vital in West St. Paul. Brown coached in West St. Paul and during St. Thomas Academy.

The Twins’ $31.86 normal price for open training games is a 10th-cheapest in baseball, according to TickPick. The Chicago Cubs’ $65.80 is a many expensive.

Lindsey Vonn, innate in St. Paul, was a eighth-most talked about athlete during a Olympics on Facebook, as reported by Cynopsis Sports. Shaun White was No. 1.

Matt Bowen is out as men’s basketball manager during Minnesota-Duluth.

Cretin grad Pat Sweeney was recently inducted into the North Dakota AP Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.

Duluth local David Friedman is an ubiquitous scout for a Cincinnati Reds while a dais manager for Ireland’s national team in a Confederation of European Baseball championships.

Former Princeton star Paul Sather this deteriorate has coached Northern State (Aberdeen, S.D.) men’s basketball to a 20-2 NSIC record and No. 9 inhabitant ranking.

Former Gophers wrestling manager J Robinson is partnering with St. Thomas Academy to horde a initial J Robinson Wrestling Classic for charity on Sunday.

Don’t imitation that

When Zygi Wilf bought a Vikings 13 years ago, he had dual objectives, he pronounced recently: “The initial thing was to win the Lombardi (NFL Super Bowl championship trophy); a second thing was to make certain we have a home here in Minnesota,” he said.

Of his query for a Super Bowl title, Wilf said, “I thought the Lombardi would be easier. We have a track — now we have a goal to get a Lombardi.”

It’s no warn that a NFL will order Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is a giveaway representative rather than fee his 2018 agreement for $1.35 million. The league, and a Vikings, couldn’t means a bad broadside that would have come otherwise.

Adam Weber, a former Gophers record-setting QB who was offensive researcher for UCLA manager Jim Mora final deteriorate though hasn’t been retained by new UCLA manager Chip Kelly, stays in Los Angeles while considering his subsequent coaching job. The Mounds View grad met with Sean McVay, though a Los Angeles Rams’ manager is looking for some-more gifted candidates.

“For a time being, I’m staying prepared and ready,” Weber, 30, said.

The Twins, who announced final week they they’ll televise each of their 162 games on Fox Sports North this season, in 1979 televised usually 4 home games and 46 highway games. The rights hilt was KMSP.

Ex-Twin Jim Kaat, tweeting on baseball’s devise to speed up games: “As a former player, it’s annoying to review a attention given to pile visits. No order should be necessary. Sixteen-year-old pitchers have some-more knowledge as pitchers than many people that visit the mound. Ludicrous.”

Purdue’s men’s basketball victory over the Gophers final Sunday was value a reward of scarcely $28,500 to Boilermakers coach Matt Painter for finishing tied for second in a Big Ten, USA Today points out.

Gophers comparison Carlie Wagner will be selected by a Lynx with a final collect in a second turn of a WNBA breeze in April, a panel of joining coaches and ubiquitous managers projects.

Among diversion promotions a St. Paul Saints are considering this season, for a 40th anniversary of a film “Animal House,” is a ballpark-wide food fight.

Despite carrying a Gophers on a schedule Oct. 20 at home, Nebraska, underneath new manager Scott Frost, has a hardest football schedule nationally in 2018, according to bleacherreport.com.

Overheard

Gophers ball manager John Anderson, on winning the 1,250th diversion of his career final week opposite North Dakota State: “But who’s counting.”

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