6 free-agent offensive tackles the Vikings could sign in 2021
By Nik Edlund
Which free-agent offensive tackles might end up with the Minnesota Vikings?
Offensive tackle isn’t the biggest need for the Minnesota Vikings this offseason as they begin to prepare for free agency. At least it isn’t a big need as long as things stay the way they currently are.
The Vikings are set at both left and right tackle for 2021, with Riley Reiff on one side and Brian O’Neill on the other. They also have Ezra Cleveland, who is penciled in at right guard, available to play left tackle if Reiff is traded or released.
If Minnesota does move on from Reiff, offensive tackle becomes a much bigger need for this offseason. Cleveland could remain at guard and the team could look for a new starter in either free agency or this year’s NFL Draft.
The Vikings aren’t expected to have a ton of room under the salary cap this offseason, which means they probably won’t be huge spenders in free agency. Recently, Minnesota renegotiated Reiff’s contract, which might have tipped their hand on their intentions for him in 2021.
If Reiff does stay for next season, the Vikings could target some backup offensive tackles in free agency. Guys who are experienced and could come in and play well if one of the starters goes down with an injury.
With this in mind, who are some of the free-agent offensive tackles Minnesota could sign this year?