Trouble Averted on Offensive Line

The Vikings just made Steve Hutchinson the highest paid guard in the NFL, but they averted trouble with another offensive lineman Wednesday.

Just last week, a restructured contract for Mike Rosenthal looked promising. The Vikings had already restructured the contract of guard Chris Liwienski and were looking to do the same with right tackle Mike Rosenthal.

Both Rosenthal and Liwienski lost their respective starting jobs during the course of the 2005 season, and there was optimism last week that a restructured agreement between Rosenthal and the Minnesota Vikings was close to being agreed upon. Tuesday evening things looked bleak. However, the Vikings and Rosenthal were able to agree to a restructured contract Wednesday, according to Joe Linta, Rosenthal's agent. Under the new agreement, Rosenthal would give the team some cap relief if he were to be placed on injured reserve.

At one point, if they couldn't reach a compromise on the restructuring, it was looking like releasing Rosenthal was a possibility.

Rosenthal started the first 10 games of the season before being replaced by then-rookie Marcus Johnson. However, Rosenthal started the final two games of the season when Johnson was sidelined with a knee injury. Rosenthal missed the last 14 games in 2004 with a broken foot and has played in 34 games with 30 starts for the Vikings.

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