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2014 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Mike Zimmer
General Manager Rick Spielman
Home Field TCF Bank Stadium
Results
Record
Place
Playoff Finish
Timeline
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The 2014 Minnesota Vikings season will be the franchise's upcoming 54th season in the National Football League. It will also mark the first of two seasons in which the Vikings will play their home games at TCF Bank Stadium, while construction of a new stadium, which is slated to open in 2016, takes place on the site of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

OffseasonEdit

2014 draftEdit

Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Contract Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 8 8 Traded to the Cleveland Browns[a]
9 9 Anthony Barr Linebacker 6-5 255 UCLA 4 years / $12.74 million[1] from Bills via Browns[a]
32 32 Teddy Bridgewater Quarterback 6-2 214 Louisville 4 years / $7.59 million[1] from Seahawks[b]
2 8 40 Traded to the Seattle Seahawks[b]
3 8 72 Scott Crichton Defensive end 6-3 273 Oregon State 4 years / $3 million[2]
32 96 Jerick McKinnon Running back 5-9 209 Georgia Southern 4 years / $2.75 million[3] from Seahawks[c]
4 8 108 Traded to the Seattle Seahawks[b]
5 5 145 David Yankey Guard 6-6 315 Stanford 4 years / $2.43 million[4] from Browns[a]
8 148 Traded to the Carolina Panthers[d]
28 168 Traded to the Atlanta Falcons[e] from Panthers[d]
6 6 182 Antone Exum Cornerback 6-0 213 Virginia Tech 4 years / $2.34 million[5] from Falcons[e]
8 184 Kendall James Cornerback 5-10 180 Maine 4 years / $2.33 million[4]
7 5 220 Shamar Stephen Defensive tackle 6-5 309 Connecticut 4 years / $2.29 million[6] from Falcons[e]
8 223 Brandon Watts Linebacker 6-0 225 Georgia Tech 4 years / $2.28 million[6]
10 225 Jabari Price Cornerback 5-10 200 North Carolina 4 years / $2.28 million[4] from Giants via Panthers[d]
Notes
^[a] Cleveland traded a first-round selection they received from Buffalo (9th overall), and their fifth-round (145th overall) selection to Minnesota in exchange for Minnesota's 2014 first-round selection (8th overall–Justin Gilbert).
^[b] Minnesota traded their second- and fourth-round picks (40th and 108th overall, respectively) to Seattle to move up eight picks and select quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.[7]
^[c] Seattle traded their 2013 first-round (25th overall–Xavier Rhodes), 2013 seventh-round (214th overall–Travis Bond) and 2014 third-round (96th overall) selections to Minnesota in exchange for wide receiver Percy Harvin.[8]
^[d] Carolina traded their original fifth-round selection and the seventh-round selection they received from the New York Giants (168th and 225th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for Minnesota's fifth-round selection (148th overall).[9]
^[e] Atlanta traded their sixth- and seventh-round selections (182th and 220th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for the fifth-round selection Minnesota received from Carolina[d].[9]

Roster changesEdit

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Re-signings
Date Player name Position Contract terms
December 30, 2013 Adam Thielen WR 2 years / $930,000
[RFC][10][6]
March 7, 2014 Marcus Sherels CB 2 years / $2.2 million[11][12]
March 11, 2014 Matt Cassel QB 2 years / $10 million[13]
Everson Griffen DE 5 years / $42.5 million[14]
March 12, 2014 Joe Berger G 1 year / $985,000[15]
March 14, 2014 Jerome Simpson WR 1 year / $1 million[16][17]
March 15, 2014 Charlie Johnson G 2 years / $5 million[18]
April 7, 2014 Matt Asiata RB 1 year / $570,000[19]
August 31, 2014 Joe Banyard RB [20][PS]
Kain Colter WR
Isame Faciane DT
Chase Ford TE
Donte Foster WR
Zac Kerin C
Justin Trattou DE
September 2, 2014 Austin Wentworth OT [21][PS]
^[RFC] Denotes this is a reserve/future contract.
^[PS] Denotes a signing to the Practice Squad.

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Departures
Date Player name Position Note New team
February 7, 2014 Erin Henderson MLB Released[22]
March 5, 2014 John Carlson TE Released[23] Arizona Cardinals

[24]

March 6, 2014 Greg Childs WR Released[25]
Letroy Guion DE Green Bay Packers

[26]

March 11, 2014 Desmond Bishop LB UFA Arizona Cardinals

[27]

Marvin Mitchell LB
March 12, 2014 Toby Gerhart RB Jacksonville Jaguars

[28]

March 14, 2014 Chris Cook CB San Francisco 49ers

[29]

March 21, 2014 Joe Webb QB/WR Carolina Panthers

[30]

March 26, 2014 Jared Allen DE Chicago Bears

[31]

April 16, 2014 Josh Freeman QB New York Giants

[32]

May 19, 2014 J'Marcus Webb OT Kansas City Chiefs

[33]

June 16, 2014 Kevin Williams DT Seattle Seahawks

[34]

August 25, 2014 Robert Steeples CB Released[35]
August 30, 2014 Jeff Baca G Released[36]
Chase Baker DT

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Additions
Date Player name Position Previous team Contract terms
January 3, 2014 Josh Samuda G Miami Dolphins (2012) 1 year / $495,000 [RFC][37][38]
March 12, 2014 Jasper Brinkley MLB Arizona Cardinals 1 year / $830,000[39][40]
Linval Joseph DT New York Giants 5 years / $31.5 million[41]
March 13, 2014 Captain Munnerlyn CB Carolina Panthers 3 years / $14.25 million[42]
March 20, 2014 Tom Johnson DT New Orleans Saints 1 year / $845,000[43]
March 21, 2014 Corey Wootton DE Chicago Bears 1 year / $1.5 million[44]
March 27, 2014 Vladimir Ducasse G New York Jets 1 year / $795,000[45][46]
April 8, 2014 Lestar Jean WR Houston Texans 1 year / $635,000[47][48]
May 13, 2014 Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee Undrafted FA[49]
May 19, 2014 Dom DeCicco LB Chicago Bears [50][51]
August 31, 2014 MarQueis Gray TE Cleveland Browns [20]
Mike Harris OT San Diego Chargers
September 1, 2014 Chris Greenwood CB Detroit Lions [52][PS]
September 3, 2014 Ahmad Dixon SS Dallas Cowboys [53][PS]


PreseasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

The Vikings' preseason opponents were announced on April 9, 2014. The Vikings managed to finish preseason undefeated and having outscored their opponents by an average of 10 points per game.

Week Date Opponent Results Game site Attendance NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 8 Oakland W 10–6 1–0 TCF Bank Stadium 51,762 Recap
2 August 16 Arizona W 30–28 2–0 TCF Bank Stadium 51,763 Recap
3 August 23 at Kansas City W 30–12 3–0 Arrowhead Stadium 73,442 Recap
4 August 28 at Tennessee W 19–3 4–0 LP Field 69,143 Recap

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

The Vikings regular season schedule was announced on April 23, 2014.

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 7 at St. Louis Edward Jones Dome
2 September 14 New England TCF Bank Stadium
3 September 21 at New Orleans Superdome
4 September 28 Atlanta TCF Bank Stadium
5 October 2 at Green Bay Lambeau Field
6 October 12 Detroit TCF Bank Stadium
7 October 19 at Buffalo Ralph Wilson Stadium
8 October 26 at Tampa Bay Raymond James Stadium
9 November 2 Washington TCF Bank Stadium
10 Bye week
11 November 16 at Chicago Soldier Field
12 November 23 Green Bay TCF Bank Stadium
13 November 30 Carolina TCF Bank Stadium
14 December 7 New York Jets TCF Bank Stadium
15 December 14 at Detroit Ford Field
16 December 21 at Miami Sun Life Stadium
17 December 28 Chicago TCF Bank Stadium
Notes

^[a] Simulcast on CBS.

  • Division rivals are marked with bold text.
  • Networks and times from Weeks 6–17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.[77]

Game summariesEdit

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StaffEdit

Minnesota Vikings current staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator - vacant
  • Assistant Special Teams - Ryan Ficken

Strength and Conditioning


Coaching Staff
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Current rosterEdit

Minnesota Vikings current roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant


Rookies in italics

Roster updated May 14, 2019
Depth chartTransactions
89 active, 0 inactive, 1 unsigned

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