After missing out on George Iloka, who re-signed with the Bengals, the Vikings have made their first free agent acquisition of the offseason. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Minnesota Vikings have reached an agreement with free agent guard Alex Boone.
Former 49ers guard Alex Boone is signing with the Minnesota
Vikings, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
Boone, 28 years old, has spent his entire career to this point with the San Francisco 49ers after being signed in 2009 out of Ohio State as an undrafted free agent. A two time Pro Bowler (2013, 2015), Boone could be the first step to fixing some glaring issues on the Vikings’ offensive line.
Alex Boone was Pro Football Focus’ eighth best free agent guard, five spots behind Vikings free agent Mike Harris who’s future, at this point, remains an uncertainty. However, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press is reporting that, with the Alex Boone signing, Mike Harris is now considering a one-year “prove it” type deal with the Vikings.
Also per Tomasson, the Vikings are looking to put Boone at left guard, allowing Brandon Fusco to move back to his original position of right guard, where he performed so well prior to last season. Fusco could find himself in a battle at that position if Harris is re-signed.
Source says the #Vikings are looking to put Alex Boone at left guard and then move Brandon Fusco back to right guard.
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 9, 2016
Currently, no contract details are available for the Boone signing. However, we’ll update you as soon as any news becomes available on the Vikings Territory Free Agency Live Blog.