Zach Line honored to have another year with Vikings
By Dan Zinski
Zach Line reported for the beginning of the Vikings’ offseason program Monday and took a moment to sign his restricted free agent tender.
Before he could get down to the work of beginning to prepare for the 2016 season, fullback Zach Line had a little business to take care of Monday at Winter Park on the first day of the Vikings’ offseason program. Namely, signing his restricted free agent tender.
Check that somewhat important little item off the list.
That officially puts Zach Line back on the Vikings on a one-year deal that will pay him $1.671 million, with no guaranteed money.
Last year Line played 21% of the Vikings’ offensive snaps, largely as a lead blocker for NFL rushing champion Adrian Peterson. Line did get six rushing attempts of his own, punching in two of them for touchdowns. Line also caught six passes including one for a 49-yard touchdown.
Three touchdowns is pretty good production out of your fullback. By the way, Mike Wallace only had two touchdowns last year and he made a lot more money than Zach Line.
The Vikings figure to make some tweaks to the offense this year with Pat Shurmur now on-board as de facto co-offensive coordinator, but I imagine Zach Line will still be a big part of the picture.
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As long as Adrian Peterson is on the team, the fullback is going to be in the thick of the action.
Line did a good enough job lead blocking for Peterson to earn one more season. And after everything he’s battled through to get to this point, including a shoulder injury that nearly derailed his career early on, you know Line truly means it when he says he’s honored to have one more year.