Former Vikings lineman Mike Remmers finally finds a new team

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Mike Remmers
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Mike Remmers /

Things may not have worked out for Mike Remmers during his time with the Minnesota Vikings, but another team has signed the offensive lineman to a contract.

It always stinks when the Minnesota Vikings sign a free agent that just doesn’t pan out for the team. One of those individuals in recent history is when the team inked a deal with offensive lineman Mike Remmers.

Minnesota locked down Remmers on a five-year deal worth $30M in hopes that he could be the team’s anchor at right tackle, but he ended up being moved to guard where he struggled to play up to his value.

Remmers graded out as an average offensive lineman from Pro Football Focus, earning an overall offensive grade of 59.2 with scores of 61.1 in pass blocking and 58.2 in run blocking. Of course, the Vikings looked to upgrade a disappointing performance this offseason and ended up releasing Remmers after only two seasons.

The free agency market wasn’t great for Remmers. Despite many teams needing help on the offensive line, nobody signed the right tackle to a contract to even compete for a job until May 13, when the Giants came to terms with him.

New York Daily News beat writer Pat Leonard shared the contract signed on his twitter account and it is a far cry from the massive deal Remmers signed with the Vikings:

In addition to the $2.5M with the $1M guaranteed, Remmers is also entitled to $1.8M in guaranteed money from the contract he signed with the Vikings, meaning that he will likely make $4.3M this season in total.

The Giants will put Remmers back at right tackle, a position where he had much more success than when Minnesota moved him to the interior of the offensive line. He should also be considered the favorite to start at that position for New York.

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Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings are moving forward with first-year phenom Brian O’Neill at right tackle and will plug rookie Garrett Bradbury into the center spot, moving Pat Elflein to guard with Josh Kline likely taking the spot at right guard.