Nov 11, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings guard Brandon Fusco (63) blocks the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at the Metrodome. The Vikings win 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Fusco Isn’t Worried About Getting a New Contract. Yet.


Ben Goessling has a nice piece up on ESPN.com about Vikings right guard Brandon Fusco and his journey from raw, unpolished small-college prospect to top-of-the-line NFL offensive lineman. There’s some cool stuff about Fusco’s high-motor approach, fierce work ethic and growing rapport with right tackle Phil Loadholt. There’s also a little update on Fusco’s contract situation, which should become more and more of a story as we proceed into the season.

As of now, Fusco is still playing out his rookie contract, which expires at the end of 2014. The deal will pay Fusco a base of $1.43 million for the season plus a $23,000 bonus (not exactly top-drawer offensive guard money). And beyond that? Fusco says he isn’t worried. He told ESPN.com:

That’s why I’ve got an agent. I’m just going to play, and we’ll worry about that later down the road. I’ve still got a lot to prove.

Fusco may still believe he has a lot to prove – and that’s obviously the right mental approach – but he’s also done enough thus far to earn a contract extension, and a lucrative one at that. Going by the free agent contract signed this offseason by guard Zane Beadles, if Fusco were to hit the open market, he could expect to land a deal in the 5-year/$30 million range with $13 million guaranteed. Fusco is arguably top five in the league at his position.

The Vikings reportedly have not yet approached Fusco about an extension, but you have to believe those talks will be firing up soon. The Vikings have shown that they will take care of players they drafted and developed, and Fusco should be no exception. Look for him to get taken care of the way Phil Loadholt was. Keeping those two guys together would be a good move for the present and the future.

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  • Mike Kauther

    A top 5 guard? Are u on crack?

    • kyle

      Maybe not top 5, but he is in the upper echelon of guards. Probably top 20 guard i would say. He’s very underrated and is only getting better.

  • yortzme

    Negative comment bla bla. Thanks for the artical Dan.

  • yortzme

    I do think fusco is a very good guard. I’m not sure how he ranks amongst other guards in the league. That level of statistic data is beyond my purview.

  • cka2nd

    I have never been happier to be wrong about a player after his first year as a starter.

  • Mike Kauther

    Negative comment?? Its closer to reality than Fussco being a
    5 guard.