The Minnesota Vikings made a big splash in the first day of free agency, signing offensive lineman Alex Boone to address one of their biggest off-season needs. Burke played at both right guard and left guard for the San Francisco 49ers, playing in 60 games over the last four seasons and starting in 59 of them.

Boone will be reunited with new Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano, who was San Francisco’s tight ends coach in 2015. Sparano was hired by Minnesota in mid-January and will be tasked with rejuvenating an offensive line that has had problems over the past few seasons keeping Terry Bridgewater protected.

Boone is 6-foot-8 and weighs 300 pounds. As well as having experience at both guard positions, he has also expressed interest in playing tackle in the past. It will be interesting to see which position he ends up playing when the 2016 season rolls around.

For the past few weeks, KOLM sports guys Scotty Matthews and Frank Spaeth have been discussing the Minnesota Vikings and their biggest needs in free agency and the draft. One big question now is how this off-season move in free agency might alter the team’s draft plans.