As part of their effort to revamp their offensive line in 2016, the Vikings went out and signed someone in Alex Boone who they thought would end up being their starting right guard for a number of years.
Prior to joining Minnesota, he spent his first six seasons in the NFL as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. With the 49ers, Boone started 59 games and he was a part of the 2012 team that made it all the way to the Super Bowl.
So looking at his previous experience, the Vikings figured he would be a great addition to their offensive line in 2016. Minnesota and Boone ended up agreeing to a four-year, $26.8 million deal that also included $10 million fully guaranteed.
The Vikings showed they were committed to fixing their offensive line problems with the signing. However, they eventually found out that they picked the wrong guy for the job.
Boone started 14 games for Minnesota in 2016 and he performed fairly decent, giving up just one sack all season long. But the Vikings decided to move in a different direction in 2017 and they did not include Boone as a part of their final 53-man roster.
Minnesota apparently asked him to take a pay cut and he refused. So the Vikings said , “fine” and sent Boone out the door along with their money.