While the Vikings have interest in re-signing offensive lineman Joe Berger, at least three other teams are also eyeing the veteran guard/center, tweets Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. Meanwhile, Minnesota is also open to reunion with defensive tackle Tom Johnson, but he’s expected to first test the market, reports Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Twitter link).
Berger will be 36 years old when the 2018 campaign gets underway, but he’s still an effective player. Capable of playing guard or center, Berger ranks as PFR’s No. 8 interior lineman heading into free agency. Berger had previously indicated that he’d likely retire following the 2017 season, but he’s since walked that back.
Like Berger, Johnson has long since reached veteran status, as he’s heading into his age-33 season. Last year, Johnson appeared in all 16 games and managed 23 pressures two sacks from the interior. He reportedly asked for a one-year, $4MM extension last season, but the Vikings refused, which could give an idea where Minnesota stands on Johnson’s value. He’s PFR’s No. 9 free agent defensive tackle.
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