Minnesota Vikings Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Peterson (knee) is believed to be close to securing a contract with the Saints, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impact: Peterson visited New Orleans earlier this month, and although he obviously left that meeting without a contract, the book was never shut on the possibility of him joining the Saints. Now, it appears that could be Peterson's next move, as a contract worth over $3 million in 2017 is reportedly in the works. Should Peterson indeed sign with the team, he'd figure to replace the departed Tim Hightower in splitting snaps with Mark Ingram, with Travaris Cadet serving as the preferred pass-catching tailback. Additionally, Peterson's first game as a Saint would not-so-coincidentally come in a Monday night affair on the road against his former team, the Vikings, in Week 1.
News: Long announced Monday on his personal Twitter account that he will retire from professional football.
Impact: Long, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, earned trips to the Pro Bowl in his first four seasons with the Dolphins before injuries derailed his career. The 31-year-old, who hadn't appeared in more than 10 games in a season since 2013, decided it was best to step away from the game while he was in the midst of rehabbing an Achilles injury he suffered on Nov. 13. Long appeared in 77 career NFL games with the Dolphins, Rams, and Vikings.