5 Vikings players you forgot about from the Mike Zimmer era

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Alex Boone, OL (2016)

It feels like the Minnesota Vikings are constantly looking for the big, strong offensive lineman to not only protect their quarterback but make holes in the run game for star rushers like Adrian Peterson and Dalvin Cook. Alex Boone looked like he fit the bill perfectly.

A vocal player with a big personality, Boone immediately came to Minnesota and took over a starting guard role. He was best known for being outspoken and tough in San Francisco and seemed like an obvious addition to the roster to get to the next level.

Much like the other two players on this list, Boone was vocal about not enjoying his time with the Vikings despite signing a four-year deal worth $26.8M and $10M guaranteed and struggled to be the rock Minnesota was hoping for at guard.

Boone’s stint with the Vikings would only last one season. His 14 games with the purple and gold are largely forgettable. Boone would only play 15 games after leaving Minnesota for Arizona and Seattle but will probably be best known by fans for a particular autograph inscription on a fan’s mini-helmet.