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Purple Rumor Mill: Bradbury’s Job Not Secure, Interest in Free-Agent TE, Wyatt Davis


Purple Rumor Mill: Bradbury's Job Not Secure, Interest in Free-Agent TE, Wyatt Davis
Jan 2, 2022; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings center Garrett Bradbury. © Appleton Post-Crescent-USA TODAY NETWORK.

VikingsTerritory‘s Purple Rumor Mill is a two-day chronicle each week. All the week’s rumors are lassoed and plopped in two spots — articles on Saturday and Sunday — for review. Today is the August 7th edition.

Remember — rumors are rumors. What you read on weekends in these pieces is what the world is talking about pertaining to the Vikings, not necessarily items that will come to fruition.

Rumor: Garrett Bradbury is not necessarily the starting center for the Vikings as of early August.

Jan 11, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings center Garrett Bradbury. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

This development is real.

Bradbury is not the preordained starting center despite the Vikings new coaching staff’s rosy comments about him in the spring. If Bradbury falters, free-agent Chris Reed could be the next man up.

Everyone in the Vikings orbit operates under the pretense that a fresh coaching staff will “fix” Bradbury, who struggles with pass protection. However, if he isn’t fixable — his training camp hasn’t been stellar — Minnesota won’t stubbornly toss him on the field to flounder. The Vikings ownership hired new leadership to end that practice.

Rumor: The Vikings will explore an additional TE after Irv Smith’s thumb surgery.

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Aug 14, 2020; Eagan, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

Exploring an extra free-agent tight end merely seems like the common-sense solution after Smith’s brush with injury. However, the Vikings don’t appear to be in any rush to sign Eric Ebron, Jared Cook, or Jimmy Graham.

The team likes who it has on the roster. Johnny Mundt has played well at camp, while Kirk Cousins has complimented Zach Davidson to the utmost.

This is the franchise that turned Tyler Conklin into a mini-star one year ago and evidently believes it can follow suit with Mundt or Davidson.

Otherwise, yes, decent free-agent TEs are waiting to be scooped from the open market.

Rumor: Wyatt Davis, the 3rd-Rounder from 2021, won’t make the 53-man roster.

Mar 3, 2021; Columbus, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings guard Wyatt Davis (51). Mandatory Credit: Joshua A. Bickel/Columbus Dispatch-USA TODAY NETWORK

This rumor was generated from the roster additions of Jesse Davis, Ed Ingram, and Chris Reed.

The Vikings didn’t give Davis much of a look in 2021 — for better or worse — and now they employ players who are better or have more experience at offensive guard. Davis was a “Spielman pick” anyway, reportedly against the wishes of the Vikings coaches and scouting crew.

Put bluntly, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah signed free-agent and draft solutions that are a safer bet than waiting for Davis’ upside to materialize.

He will probably be cut at the end of the month.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).


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