Good morning Horners! Have you ever had one of those days that just didn't go the way you would plan? Well, in episode 51, that's exactly what happened. It started off with a host of Locked On Vikings, Mr. Luke Braun getting together with us to discuss possible ways the Minnesota Vikings could make some cap room to sign their number one pick, Garrett Bradbury. That's when things started to go awry.
Just prior to recording, Vikings nation received the word that Bradbury had indeed signed, the next question that came out is, “where did they get the money?” As discussed, it turns out that Eric Kendricks had to “take one for the team” and was given half his salary in the form of the signing bonus, spreading out the rest over the remaining years of his contract. Well, this is good news, because everybody was suspecting that Kyle Rudolph would have to be traded or cut to make the space. There'd been plenty of written speculation leading to that. That won't have to be the case now, and as we heard later in the week, the Vikings have even offered him a substantial extension the Rudolph camp has yet to accept.
With that news, everything was going well leading into the broadcast, but I did say things didn't go the way you planned. For some reason, between using Hangouts and YouTube, our guest, Luke Braun's image did not record. We got the typical generic blue person icon. The grumpy old men recorded just fine, so there's plenty to watch and enjoy, along with the audio-only commentary from Luke himself [as if he was a caller]. It was an extremely enlightening show where all things Vikings were discussed, not only including the 2019 draft class, in-depth player backstories leading into training camp, the Gary Kubiak / Kevin Stefanski offense that should utilize plenty of two tight end sets featuring Irv Smith and Kyle Rudolph, the starting O-line, and the miracles created by Rob Brzezinski to get players signed and keep the Minnesota Vikings under the salary cap.
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