Report: Vikings expected to re-sign former offensive lineman this week

(Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Brett Jones
(Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Brett Jones /

After recently releasing him to make room for Josh Doctson on the roster, the Minnesota Vikings are expected to re-sign offensive lineman Brett Jones this week.

Roster shuffling is just part of every season for the Minnesota Vikings and it’s no different this year. Even after the Vikings set their final 53-man roster at the end of August, they still added and let go of some players before kicking off their season against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

One of the recent moves Minnesota made was the signing of free-agent wide receiver Josh Doctson. In order to make room for Doctson on their roster though, the Vikings had to clear a spot and they decided to do this by releasing reserve offensive lineman Brett Jones.

It was a move that came as a bit of a surprise to some considering how Minnesota’s offensive line has been one of the weakest parts of their team during the past few seasons. However, it appears that the Vikings will likely be bringing Jones back in the near future.

According to The Athletic’s Chad Graff on Monday, Minnesota has kept in contact with their former offensive lineman and they’re hoping to re-sign him by Wednesday.

Graff also added that the Vikings never even cleaned out Jones’ locker when they released him last week, so him coming back has seemed to always be the plan.

Given how the interior of Minnesota’s offensive line didn’t perform too well on Sunday against the Falcons, some added depth certainly wouldn’t hurt before they head out on the road this week to take on the Green Bay Packers.

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Who the Vikings release to now make room for Jones on their roster is something to pay attention to. Guys like defensive tackle Armon Watts, running back Ameer Abdullah, and offensive tackle Oli Udoh are a few players that could potentially be let go by Minnesota this week to clear up a roster spot.