Vikings extend Fusco

The Vikings announced Saturday afternoon that they have signed guard Brandon Fusco to a five-year contract extension worth $25 million.

The Vikings announced today that they have extended the contract of guard Brandon Fusco. The five-year extension is for a reported $25 million with $6 million of it guaranteed.

Fusco said that he was happy to be signed long-term as part of the Vikings offense moving forward and is looking forward to rewarding the confidence the team has showed in him.

“I am very excited to get this deal done and continue my career with the Minnesota Vikings,” Fusco said. “I want to first thank the Wilf family, Rick Spielman and Rob Brzezinski for taking the chance on me and believing in my abilities. I want to also thank my teammates and Jeff Davidson for always pushing me to become the best player I could be at this point. I have always wanted to stay in Minnesota. The fans and support here is great. There is no place I’d rather be. I’m looking forward to the 2014 season and helping the team reach our ultimate goal – a Super Bowl championship.”

General Manager Rick Spielman said that Fusco is an important part of the Vikings offense moving forward and that getting his contract out of the way before the start of the season was important to the team.

“As an organization we are pleased to have reached a contract extension with Brandon Fusco,” Spielman said. “He is a valued member of our offensive line. Brandon is a player that has come in and done everything that we have asked. We strive to draft players that are not only talented, but meet our criteria both on and off the field. Brandon is another example of our core group of young players that we are excited about keeping together for years to come.”

Fusco, a sixth-round draft pick from Slippery Rock (Pa.) University, was entering the final season of his 2011 rookie deal. He becomes the second member of the draft class of 2011 that the Vikings have signed to contract extensions. In July, the team signed tight end Kyle Rudolph, a second-round pick in 2011, to a five-year, $36.5 million extension.

Fusco became a starter at right guard in 2012 and has started 31 games over the last two seasons.

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