Today was the first day of the new NFL season. There were crazy trades going down everywhere and free agents being scooped up all over the place, but the Vikings instead chose to secure one of their valuable backup offensive linemen to a two year deal.
Dec 14, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings guard Joe Berger (61) blocks Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Joe Berger played in all 16 games for the Minnesota Vikings during the 2014 and even started 9 of those games after injuries decimated the offensive line. The team secured him with a 2 year deal that will keep in with the Vikings through his 35th birthday.
The former 6th round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers back in 2005 has spent time with only four teams over his 10 year career. He has spent the last 4 years with the Minnesota Vikings and has signed on to be with them through the 2016 season. His ability to be a center or a guard adds to his value even more.
At this time, the financial details of the deal are not known.
Here is the news from ESPN’s Andrew Krammer on Twitter:
Congratulations go out to Joe Berger and the Minnesota Vikings on working out a deal to keep a solid offensive lineman with the team. It may not be a signing that will “wow” people, but it’s the kind that is solid enough to help the team if disaster strikes.
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