Sports reporter | Vikings

Ben Goessling covers the Vikings for the Star Tribune. He has covered the team since 2012, and has previously covered the Twins, Wild, Washington Nationals and prep sports.

After graduating from Apple Valley High School, Goessling majored in accounting and journalism at the University of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two daughters. He coaches high school track and field and cross country, plays electric guitar and enjoys volunteering at Hope Academy in the Phillips neighborhood.


Vikings, QB McCarthy agree to terms on rookie contract

Vikings rookie quarterback J.J. McCarthy, the 10th pick in the NFL draft, is expected to make $21.85 million, with a $12.71 million signing bonus. The team's training camp begins next week.


Vikings rookie cornerback Khyree Jackson killed in car accident at 24

Khyree Jackson, who once quit football to work at a Chipotle and a grocery store before becoming a fourth-round draft pick, died in a car accident in his native Maryland with two high school teammates.


For Vikings rookie McCarthy, team's summer break won't be a vacation

Quarterback J.J. McCarthy plans to spend most of the five weeks before training camp in Minnesota, working out at the team facility and learning the playbook.


How the Vikings determined Jefferson's value, set up for the future

Vikings Insider: Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kevin O'Connell came to Minnesota with a plan. They've arrived at the juncture that will determine whether it worked.


New Vikings QB Darnold getting a lot of help in learning team's offense

Vikings quarterback Sam Darnold is surrounded by the most offensive talent he's had in his checkered NFL career and has inherited some tricks for understanding coach Kevin O'Connell's scheme.


'I'm the leader of this team.' Jefferson era with Vikings gets fresh start.

Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson returned to team headquarters for a mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, discussed his record $140 million contract extension and practiced with his new QBs for the first time.


Vikings' Jefferson agrees to record-setting contract

Vikings star receiver Justin Jefferson's four-year, $140 million extension averages $35 million per season, making him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL. The agreement wrapped up nearly a year of negotiations on the eve of the team's minicamp this week.


Vikings' Addison building connections with new QBs

With Justin Jefferson away from the Vikings and T.J. Hockenson injured, the second-year receiver has been the team's top target this spring.


Vikings bring back veteran guard Dalton Risner

Dalton Risner, who started 11 games last season, found common ground with the Vikings on a new deal that adds to Minnesota's offensive line options in 2024.


Former Packer joins Vikings' crowded tight end room

With T.J. Hockenson still recovering from his torn ACL, the Vikings added another passing target in Robert Tonyan, who should be familiar to fans of NFC North teams.