Scheduled to become a free-agent this year, the Minnesota Vikings will reportedly bring back the young fullback for the 2019 season.
It may not be the most exciting news that will go down during the 2019 offseason for the Minnesota Vikings, but the team has reportedly agreed to re-sign one of their players who was scheduled to become a free-agent this year.
According to the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson on Tuesday, the Vikings are expected to bring back fullback C.J. Ham for next season. Tomasson is also reporting that Ham’s salary in Minnesota for 2019 will be under $700,000.
The 25-year-old has spent the past three years with the Vikings and he made the team’s active roster in 2017 after converting from a running back to a fullback.
It’s a good deal for Minnesota, especially since they currently don’t have a ton spending money to use. Ham, a native of Duluth, Minnesota, obviously didn’t mind staying home with the Vikings for an affordable price in 2019.
Minnesota’s decision to bring back the young fullback may be another signal of the team’s commitment to shift their offense back to featuring their rushing attack more prominently next season.
Under offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in the late 1990s, the Denver Broncos’ offense succeeded mightily with a bruising run game that featured a fullback leading the way. Kubiak, of course, was recently hired to be an offensive advisor for the Vikings.
With their decision to re-sign Ham, Minnesota now has even less cap space this offseason. However, some big roster moves could be happening soon in order for the Vikings to free up some more money.