Vikings Continue Roster Moves
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and veteran offensive lineman Joe Berger have agreed to a one-year contract.
Berger's agent, Tom Tafelski, confirmed Tuesday that the deal was done. This is the second straight offseason the Vikings have done a one-year deal with Berger, who is entering his 10th NFL season.
Berger can play all three interior positions on the line, and he started one game last season at each guard spot when Charlie Johnson and Brandon Fusco were injured. Berger has 29 starts over the last five years, three with the Vikings and two with the Miami Dolphins. Johnson became a free agent, but the other four starters on the Vikings' line are under contract.
-- Everson Griffen didn't want to entertain offers from other teams. His loyalty was with the Minnesota Vikings.
As NFL free agency formally began Tuesday, the Vikings finalized contracts with Griffen and quarterback Matt Cassel that they agreed to over the weekend.
On a conference call with reporters, Griffen was almost beside himself with excitement in talking about his future as a full-time defensive end under new head coach Mike Zimmer. Griffen said he "just knew this was the right place" for him. Entering his fifth year in the league, Griffen said he hasn't "even touched the surface" of his production.
Playing behind Brian Robison and Jared Allen, Griffen had 5½ sacks last season. Allen became a free agent, so Griffen will take his place in the starting lineup.