Vikings re-sign Joe Berger

The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed Joe Berger to a two-year deal.

The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed offensive linemen Joe Berger to a two-year contract, a league source confirmed as free agency opened at 3 p.m. Central Tuesday. This was an important re-signing left for the Vikings because it gives them a player who has the ability to step in and start at multiple positions when needed.

“I can just tell you this, (Berger)’s happy to be back,” said Berger’s agent Thomas Tefelski. “Excited to have two years, so he gets this year and next year, where he can see where hopefully he’ll be a part of the team in the new stadium. And he is just grateful to the organization and the fans that supported the town, and it’s a great place to play and a great place to raise a family. So he’s glad to be back.”

Neither the details of Berger’s contract or how the Vikings plan to use him were released. But Tefelski did say that it is worked into the contract where if Berger does start he will be compensated to start.

Berger has the ability to play all three positions along the inside of the offensive line. Last season he started as a backup for the Vikings, but by the end of the regular season he was one of the Vikings starters. Filling in for John Sullivan at center Week 1 and 7, and then finishing the final nine weeks of the season as the starting right guard for an injured Brandon Fusco.

Pro Football Focus had Berger as the highest rated guard on the Vikings with a 3.3 overall rating, and was credited with allowing three sacks, two quarterback hits and 12 quarterback hurries.

At the age of 32, Berger will be entering into his 11th season in the NFL after the Carolina Panthers drafted him in the sixth-round. Along with the Panthers he has spent time with the Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings.

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