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Vikings' Mike Wallace Believes He's the Fastest in the NFL

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace believes that he is the fastest player in the NFL.

Wallace, who was acquired by the Vikings this offseason, said that his personal best in the 40-yard dash is 4.21 seconds.

"Without a doubt, I'm the fastest player in the NFL," Wallace told the Pioneer Press on Tuesday. "If somebody feels foggy about that, we can [race]. I'm never going to back down from competition.''

"I've run a lot of routes and I've got a lot of miles on my legs, but I still feel that there's nobody who can run with me,'' Wallace added. "I might have slowed down a little but I could still run 4.25.''

The best recorded time in the 40-yard dash belongs to Chris Johnson, who ran it in 4.24 in 2008.

Wallace, 28, wore out his welcome in Miami after an inability to consistently connect with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tensions reached a head when the receiver reportedly quit on the team during the Week 17 loss to the New York Jets.

Minnesota opens up the season in Tennessee against the Titans on Sept. 3.

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Adrian Peterson: Wouldn't Mind Playing for the Cowboys

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson isn't ruling out a trade, despite the organization's desire to keep him.

Peterson told WFAA in Dallas that he wouldn't mind playing for the Cowboys next year.

"It would be nice," Peterson said at Tuesday night's Rockets-Mavericks game.  "I've got family here, my dad's here. But I'm under contract, so we'll see."

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman repeated his initial statement when asked about Peterson's future in Minnesota.

"We can just end the Adrian Peterson stuff," Spielman told reporters at the team's pre-draft news conference on Tuesday. "Our position has not changed. We have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson."

Peterson has three years and $45 million left on his contract, but none of it is guaranteed.

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NFL Reinstates Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

NFL Shield(MINNEAPOLIS) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on Thursday that he has been reinstated.

In a letter to the six-time Pro Bowler, Goodell said Peterson will be an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the Vikings effective on Friday.

Peterson was suspended last season after he was charged with felony child abuse in Texas. He accepted a plea deal, which reduced the charge to a misdemeanor.

Goodell wrote that Peterson will have to fulfill his terms of the plea deal of counseling as well as adhere to the league’s new personal conduct policy to avoid further punishment.

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Terence Newman Joins Vikings

NFL via Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Cornerback Terence Newman signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings.

The deal means the 36-year-old Newman will be reunited with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who was Newman's defensive coordinator for four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and two with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Newman started 13 games for the Bengals last season, recording 75 tackles, 15 passes defended, and one interception. While that was a down year for the two-time Pro Bowler, Zimmer is still confident he can play.

“That’s the biggest thing. He can still play. He came in the league later. I think he was 25 when he came in,” Zimmer said. “He struggled a little bit in Dallas and then played great in Cincinnati. Last year, he didn’t play quite as good, so seemingly with me, we get things fixed a little bit. I really respect him, and I think he really respects me.”

Newman was selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft by Dallas. Since then he's played 12 NFL seasons, nine with Dallas and three with Cincinnati. During that time he's played in 174 games, compiling 744 tackles, 161 passes defended, 37 interceptions, eight forced fumbles, and four defensive touchdowns.

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Adrian Peterson's Agent: It's Time to Leave Minnesota

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Despite the Minnesota Vikings desire to keep former Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson, Peterson's agent  said Monday a split is necessary.

For the first time, Peterson's agent, Ben Dorga, commented on the situation between Peterson and the Vikings.

"I don't think it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota," he said Monday. "Why would it be?"

Despite spending his entire eight-year career with the Vikings, Peterson is upset with the organization for not standing behind him when was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List after he disciplined his four-year-old son by hitting him with a switch.

The problem is that Peterson is still under contract with the Vikings, and he has the highest salary of any other running back in the NFL.

"The bottom line is Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings," Vikings co-owner and president Mark Wilf said. "He's represented us on and off the field. We're getting ready for the 2015 season and we fully expect him to join his teammates and be a part of what we feel is going to be a great season ahead."

The two teams who have been linked to having interest in Peterson are the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.

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Vikings RB McKinnon Wants to Be the Man, If Peterson Doesn't Return

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Vikings have stated all along that they would like running back Adrian Peterson back, but if he doesn't return, sophomore Jerick McKinnon wants to be the man they rely on.

McKinnon started six games last year after Peterson was suspended and rushed for 538 yards and pulled in 37 passes for 135 yards.

"If A.P. comes back, there's no doubt he's going to be the starter," McKinnon told the Pioneer Press this week.  "But it's not going to change my mindset or how I approach things or how I work. Whatever they do, my mindset is to come in and be that guy next year."

"There's no doubt in my mind I can last the season," McKinnon said. "If that's something I have to prove, that's not a big deal for me. I'll prove it this year. I'm just really excited to get back out there with my teammates and coaches and show how far I've come since surgery."

Peterson is still under contract as he waits to be reinstated into the league by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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Michael Johnson Re-Joins Bengals

David Lee/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI, Oh.) -- After a single-season stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, defensive end Michael Johnson has re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Johnson, 28, spent the first five seasons of his career with the Bengals after being drafted in the third-round out of Georgia Tech. He amassed 26.5 sacks over 79 games and was one of the hot free agents last season.

The Buccaneers awarded Johnson a five-year, $43 million contract in hopes that he would sharpen Tampa Bay's pass rush that included Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn. 

Tampa Bay released Johnson after he struggled through an ankle injury and provided just four sacks. 

In an ironic twist, after losing Johnson to free agency, the Bengals were awarded a 2015 third-round compensatory pick for Johnson. Now they also have Johnson back in the fold.

Johnson was said to be torn between returning to the Bengals or joining the Minnesota Vikings and head coach Mike Zimmer -- who was the Bengals defensive coordinator until last season.

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Raiders Sign QB Christian Ponder

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Christian Ponder on Friday.

Ponder spent the last four seasons with the Vikings and will be reuniting with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave in Oakland.

Ponder has played in 38 games with 36 starts, throwing for 6,658 yards, with 38 touchdowns, 36 interceptions and a 75.9 passer rating.

Ponder's signing means that veteran Matt Schaub's days are numbered in Oakland.  Ponder is expected to compete with second-year quarterback Derek Carr.

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Vikings Acquire Mike Wallace From Dolphins

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(MINNEAPOLIS, Mn.) -- The Miami Dolphins have found a way to rid themselves of wide receiver Mike Wallace.

Two seasons after signing Wallace to a $60 million contract, the Dolphins have traded the speedster and a seventh-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for a fifth-round pick.

The Vikings were one of Wallace's top pursuers when he hit the market in 2013 after spending four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Minnesota will now install Wallace into a passing attack that includes Greg Jennings and Charles Johnson. 

Wallace, 28, wore out his welcome in Miami after an inability to consistently connect with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and tensions reached a head when the receiver reportedly quit on the team during the Week 17 loss to the New York Jets.

Last season, Wallace hauled in 67 passes for 862 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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Bills Set to Acquire QB Matt Cassel from Vikings

iStock/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills have a trade in place to acquire quarterback Matt Cassel from the Minnesota Vikings for an undisclosed draft pick. The deal can’t be completed until the new league year begins on Tuesday at 4 p.m. E.T.

The 32-year-old Cassel is expected to battle E.J. Manuel for the Bills' starting quarterback job in 2015. Last year, Manuel was benched after four games in favor of Kyle Orton, who retired after the season.

In three games with the Vikings last season, Cassel passed for 425 yards with three touchdowns, four interceptions and a 57.7 passing percentage.

New England originally selected Cassel out of USC in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL draft. In 10 seasons with the Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Vikings, he has complied 15,727 passing yards with 96 touchdowns and 79 interceptions.

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