The Purple Podcast is a weekly (sometimes 2x weekly) Minnesota Vikings discussion, hosted by beat writer Ben Goessling and 1500 ESPN radio personality (and former beat writer) Judd Zulgad. On this podcast - part of the 1500 ESPN podcast network - you'll find strong opinions, insider analysis and no stones unturned when it comes to the Purple.


Bridgewater's fifth-year option and final draft preparations (ep. 198)

1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss a report that the...1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss a report that the Vikings will not pick up Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year option. How should the Vikings handle Sam Bradford's contract with so much uncertainty? What's the best, worst and most likely scenario with the Vikings' QB situation? And Judd breaks down Matthew's final draft simulation and gives him a grade. Will it look like the Vikings' board?   Show More


Past Episodes

ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad go game-by-game through the Minnesota Vikings' schedule. How many wins will the Vikings finish with? What are their toughest games? Some of the picks may surprise you...
ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad go all-in on the Minnesota Vikings' draft. Is there a good argument for trading back into the first round? Which position should the Vikings prioritize with the 48th overall selection? Also, how should the Vikings view the 2016 draft and who is the most interesting player in the draft this year?
If you're a future NFL player -- or someone who wonders why all these seemingly rich young athletes go broke -- you need to listen to this podcast. ESPN's Ben Goessling and 1500 ESPN's Judd Zulgad are joined by Institute for Athletes president Blake Baratz, who returns to the show to talk about a passion of his: helping young players manage their money well in the NFL. How should players budget for careers that can end at age 25? What's the smartest way for a first-round pick to handle his signing bonus -- and how should he handle things when the requests for money start rolling in? We discuss all of that and more in this episode.
ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgadd dig into Todd McShay and Mel Kiper's latest two-round mock. What do their selections say about the Minnesota Vikings' roster? How should the Vikings' front office approach the receiver position? Should they trust in Laquon Treadwell? Plus, Matthew is a Tony Romo Truther and Jim Nantz's amazing toast.
ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgadd dig into Teddy Bridgewater's decision to post a video of himself throwing. Why did Bridgewater choose to publish the video when he hasn't wanted to speak to the media about his rehab? How should the Vikings approach the 2017 quarterback situation? Would you rather have Bridgewater or Sam Bradford if Teddy recovers from his knee injury?
Matthew Coller joins the Mackey and Judd show to discuss the latest in Vikings free agency, including former Viking Matt Kalil's recent comments about quitting Twitter because of Vikings fans. Also, the Vikings are in a tough spot with having to decide whether to draft Joe Mixon or not.
ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss how Latavius Murray fits into the Vikings' backfield. How his assets fit with Pat Shurmur's offense and what his presence means to the draft and Jerick McKinnon. Also, Ben drops a nugget about Peterson and the Packers. Would they be crazy to sign him? And, why haven't the NFC North teams spent on defense?
ESPN's Ben Goessling and 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller break down the Vikings' two new tackles. How much better will the offensive line? Are Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers good enough to raise the play of Sam Bradford and the Vikings running game? Should the Vikings be in hot pursuit of Eddie Lacy? And what will the Vikings do if Joe Mixon is on the board when they pick in the second round of the NFL draft?
ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Judd Zulgad and Matthew Coller discuss the exit of wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Was Patterson a failed draft pick? What went wrong along the way? Why didn't the Vikings top Oakland's offer? Also, the Vikings' options might be quite thin if they don't land a running back soon and how will Adrian Peterson's potential departure go over?

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