Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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Many Vikings fans are nearing a tipping point it seems, with even the most reasonable of the lot getting frustrated. Conflicting reports are certainly not helping matters.

Last night, I noted that Darren Wolfson reported the Vikings would play host to free agent special teams ace Andrew Gachkar. Apparently that is not the case, according to Mark Craig.


So, there you have it, apparently even the least intriguing free agent possibilities for the Vikings are ending up as dead end roads.

It is possible that both Wolfson and Craig were accurately reporting on the matter, of course, and that something with Gachkar’s status changed between last night and now. At this point, who knows.

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The Vikings signed offensive lineman Joe Berger to a two year deal on Tuesday and, at the moment, it appears possible he could be penciled in as the starting left guard.

Berger did not exactly get paid like a starter, with David Yankey as his primary in-house competition, but we can scratch one potential free agency solution off the list. The Cincinatti Bengals, according to reports, have retained free agent guard Clint Boling.

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The Vikings, thus far, are holding true to their word and letting the craziness pass before jumping into the free agency frenzy.

According to Darren Wolfson, however, the team will play host to free agent linebacker Andrew Gachkar.


Gachkar was a seventh round pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2011 and has made a name for himself as a special teams ace and reserve player.

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The Minnesota Vikings have found Teddy Bridgewater’s backup.

According to Fox Sports’ Ross Jones, the Vikings signed Shaun Hill at the opening of Free Agency on Tuesday afternoon:

Per Darren Wolfson, Hill signed a 2-year deal worth up to $7 million (includes escalators). ESPN’s Ben Goessling provided a few more contract details shortly after the deal was announced:

“Hill’s contract is worth $6.5 million over the next two years, according to a league source. He can earn up to $500,000 in annual incentives, the source said.”

The Vikings initially reached out to Hill’s representatives on Saturday morning, which marked the beginning of the free agency tampering period. After trading Matt Cassel to the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday, the team needed to pursue a capable backup quarterback — Christian Ponder proved he wasn’t the answer.

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According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, the Vikings have re-signed offensive lineman Joe Berger to a two-year deal. The news came through Berger’s agent, Tom Tafelski.

Berger was listed in a USA Today article regarding NFL free agency Monday morning, and there was some question as to whether or not he would remain with the Vikings.

Earlier this year, Chris Tomasson wrote the following about Berger’s unlikely NFL career:

[Berger] was a skinny walk-on in 2000 at Division II Michigan Tech, which he attended to get an engineering degree.

After a redshirt season and two years on the team, nobody regarded Berger as a pro prospect. When the school announced it would drop football in 2003, Berger decided he would continue classes in Houghton, Mich., rather than transfer to another school to play football.

Two weeks later, the school decided to keep the football program, and Berger closed his college career with two solid seasons. The native of Newaygo, Mich., only can wonder where he might now be had that not happened.

“I’d be happily working as an engineer somewhere,” Berger said. “I’d be in west Michigan enjoying life, not knowing any different.”

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