The Minnesota Vikings expressed the need to improve the offensive line in order to protect quarterback Teddy Bridgewater this offseason. It looks like they are living up to their words as they have come to an agreement to sign San Francisco 49ers offensive guard Alex Boone, according to ESPN.
Boone, 28, will be entering into his seventh season in the NFL and should be able to fill in as a starter Day 1. He has started for the 49ers dating back to the 2011 season and will now be taking his talents to Minnesota.
Earlier this offseason the Vikings signed Tony Sparano as the new offensive line coach and that could very well have played a part in the signing of Boone. Sparano was the tight ends coach of the 49ers last season, so he got to see plenty of Boone during that time.
This signing now puts into question what the Vikings will do with free-agent offensive lineman Mike Harris, who was one of their starting guards last season. The Vikings had tried to sign him earlier this offseason, but the two sides were unable to come to an agreement and Harris decided to test the free-agent market.
The Vikings also need to decide what they wish to do with Brandon Fusco. He moved to left guard last season and really seemed to struggle. With the addition of Boone, it may be possible to see Fusco switch back to the right side of the line, his natural side, and then see Boone fill in at left guard next to Matt Kalil.
Offensive line was one of the Vikings biggest needs heading into this offseason after allowing their quarterbacks to be sacked 45 times in the regular season and three times in their single postseason game. It appears they are on the right track of doing so after the signing of Boone, which will be able to be made official at 3 p.m. Central.