2015 Minnesota Vikings season
|2015 Minnesota Vikings season|
|Head coach||Mike Zimmer|
|General manager||Rick Spielman|
|Home field||TCF Bank Stadium|
The 2015 Minnesota Vikings season will be the franchise's upcoming 55th season in the National Football League and the second under head coach Mike Zimmer. It will also likely mark the last season in which the Vikings will play their home games at the University of Minnesota's on-campus TCF Bank Stadium, while construction of the New Minnesota Stadium, slated to open in 2016, takes place on the site of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Vikings will be looking to improve on their 7–9 mark from last season.
|Draft order||Player name||Position||Height||Weight||College||Contract||Notes|
|1||11||11||Trae Waynes||CB||6-0||186||Michigan State||4 years / $12.944 million|
|2||13||45||Eric Kendricks||ILB||6-0||232||UCLA||4 years / $5.156 million|
|3||12||76||Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[A]|
|16||80||Traded to the Detroit Lions[B]||from Chiefs[A]|
|24||88||Danielle Hunter||DE||6-5||252||LSU||4 years / $3.077 million||from Lions[B]|
|4||11||110||T. J. Clemmings||OT||6-5||309||Pittsburgh||4 years / $2.804 million|
|5||1||137||Traded to the Atlanta Falcons[C]||from Buccaneers via Bills[D]|
|7||143||MyCole Pruitt||TE||6-2||251||Southern Illinois||4 years / $2.51 million||from Lions via Broncos and Bears[B]|
|10||146||Stefon Diggs||WR||6-0||195||Maryland||4 years / $2.5 million||from Falcons[C]|
|13||149||Traded to the Miami Dolphins[E]|
|6||10||185||Tyrus Thompson||OT||6-5||324||Oklahoma||4 years / $2.4 million||from Falcons[C]|
|12||187||Traded to the Buffalo Bills[D]|
|17||193||B. J. Dubose||DE||6-4||284||Louisville||4 years / $2.399 million||from Chiefs[A]|
|7||11||228||Austin Shepherd||OT||6-4||315||Alabama||4 years / $2.349 million|
|15||232||Edmond Robinson||OLB||6-3||245||Newberry||4 years / $2.34 million||from 49ers via Dolphins[E]|
|Date||Player name||Position||Contract terms|
|March 8, 2015||Tom Johnson||DE||3 years / $7 million|
|March 10, 2015||Matt Asiata||RB||1 year|
|March 11, 2015||Joe Berger||C||2 years / $2.155 million|
|Cullen Loeffler||LS||1 year / $1.05 million|
|March 17, 2015||Mike Harris||OT||1 year / $1.542 million|
|Date||Player name||Position||Note||New team|
|February 27, 2015||Charlie Johnson||G||Released|
|March 10, 2015||Matt Cassel||QB||Traded[D]||Buffalo Bills|
|March 13, 2015||Christian Ponder||QB||Oakland Raiders|
|March 14, 2015||Jasper Brinkley||ILB||Dallas Cowboys|
|Greg Jennings||WR||Released||Miami Dolphins|
|March 16, 2015||Vladimir Ducasse||G||UFA||Chicago Bears|
|March 26, 2015||Justin Anderson||LB||Released|
|April 2, 2015||Pat Devlin||QB||Released|
|Date||Player name||Position||Previous team||Contract terms|
|February 18, 2015||Brandon Bostick||TE||Green Bay Packers||Claimed off waivers|
|March 11, 2015||Shaun Hill||QB||St. Louis Rams||2 years / $6.5 million|
|March 13, 2015||Mike Wallace||WR||Miami Dolphins||Acquired in trade[E]|
|March 19, 2015||DuJuan Harris||RB||Green Bay Packers|
|March 24, 2015||Casey Matthews||LB||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Taylor Mays||S||Cincinnati Bengals|
|March 26, 2015||Babatunde Aiyegbusi||OL||Dresden Monarchs (GFL)|
|March 27, 2015||Terence Newman||CB||Cincinnati Bengals|
|April 2, 2015||Mike Kafka||QB||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Caesar Rayford||DE||Montreal Alouettes (CFL)|
|April 6, 2015||Kevin McDermott||LS||Baltimore Ravens|
- Draft trades
- Minnesota traded their third-round selection to Kansas City in exchange for Kansas City's third- and sixth-round selections.
- Minnesota traded the third-round selection they received from Kansas City to Detroit in exchange for Detroit's third-round selection and a fifth-round selection.
- Minnesota traded the fifth-round selection they received from Buffalo to Atlanta in exchange for Atlanta's fifth- and a sixth-round selections.
- Buffalo traded the fifth-round selection they received from Tampa Bay during the 2014 NFL draft and a 2016 seventh-round selection to Minnesota in exchange for quarterback Matt Cassel and Minnesota's 2015 sixth-round selection.
- Minnesota traded their fifth-round selection to Miami in exchange for wide receiver Mike Wallace and a seventh-round selection that Miami received from San Francisco in their trade for offensive tackle Jonathan Martin.
On February 11, 2015, the NFL announced that the Vikings will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. The game will occur on Sunday, August 9, in Canton, Ohio, and will air at 7:00 p.m. CDT on NBC. The remainder of the Vikings' preliminary preseason schedule was announced on April 9, with exact dates and times to be determined later in the spring. The Vikings will first host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders before road games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans, making this the third consecutive year in which the Vikings face the Titans in the preseason.
|Week||Date||Kickoff (CDT)||Opponent||Result||Record||Game site||TV|| NFL.com|
|HOF||August 9||7:00 p.m.||Pittsburgh Steelers||Fawcett Stadium (Canton, Ohio)||NBC|
|1||August 15||7:00 p.m.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TCF Bank Stadium|
|2||August 22||7:00 p.m.||Oakland Raiders||TCF Bank Stadium|
|3||August 29||6:00 p.m.||at Dallas Cowboys||AT&T Stadium|
|4||September 3||7:00 p.m.||at Tennessee Titans||LP Field|
The Vikings' 2015 schedule was announced on April 21.
|Week||Date||Kickoff (CT)||Opponent||Result||Record||Game site||TV|| NFL.com|
|1||September 14||9:20 p.m.||at San Francisco 49ers||Levi's Stadium||ESPN|
|2||September 20||12:00 p.m.||Detroit Lions||TCF Bank Stadium||Fox|
|3||September 27||12:00 p.m.||San Diego Chargers||TCF Bank Stadium||CBS|
|4||October 4||3:25 p.m.||at Denver Broncos||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||Fox|
|6||October 18||12:00 p.m.||Kansas City Chiefs||TCF Bank Stadium||CBS|
|7||October 25||12:00 p.m.||at Detroit Lions||Ford Field||Fox|
|8||November 1||12:00 p.m.||at Chicago Bears||Soldier Field||Fox|
|9||November 8||12:00 p.m.||St. Louis Rams||TCF Bank Stadium||Fox|
|10||November 15||3:05 p.m.||at Oakland Raiders||O.co Coliseum||Fox|
|11||November 22||12:00 p.m.||Green Bay Packers||TCF Bank Stadium||Fox|
|12||November 29||12:00 p.m.||at Atlanta Falcons||Georgia Dome||Fox|
|13||December 6||12:00 p.m.||Seattle Seahawks||TCF Bank Stadium||Fox|
|14||December 10||7:25 p.m.||at Arizona Cardinals||University of Phoenix Stadium||NFLN|
|15||December 20||12:00 p.m.||Chicago Bears||TCF Bank Stadium||Fox|
|16||December 27||12:00 p.m.||New York Giants||TCF Bank Stadium||Fox|
|17||January 3||12:00 p.m.||at Green Bay Packers||Lambeau Field||Fox|
- Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
- Networks and times for Sunday games from Weeks 6–17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.
Minnesota Vikings staff
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- "Brandon Bostick claimed by Vikings one day after being waived". SportingNews.com. February 18, 2015. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
- Sessler, Marc (February 11, 2015). "Steelers, Vikings to square off in Hall of Fame Game". NFL.com. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
- "Vikings Announce 2015 Preseason Schedule". vikings.com (Minnesota Vikings Football). April 9, 2015. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
- Hanzus, Dan (April 20, 2015). "NFL will release 2015 schedule on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET". NFL.com. Retrieved April 20, 2015.