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Jeremiah Sirles Signs One-Year Deal With Carolina Panthers

That's two thus far Shooter

The Minnesota Vikings lost another candidate capable of bolstering their offensive line Friday. In the morning hours it was reported that the team’s starting right guard Joe Berger was retiring. Later in the day a report surfaced that another lineman would not be returning.

According to the Carolina Panthersofficial Twitter feed, the team signed versatile lineman Jeremiah Sirles to a one-year contract.

Sirles was acquired by the Vikings via a trade with the San Diego Chargers in 2015. Minnesota sent a 2016 sixth-round draft pick to San Diego in exchange for the Nebraska alum.

In his two seasons in Minnesota, Sirles started 14 games. He started ten games at right tackle after the season-ending loss of starter Andre Smith in 2016. Then in 2017 he started four games at left guard after starter Nick Easton broke his ankle.

Sirles received a fair amount of interest on the open market. Considering his versatility (he can play tackle or guard), relative youth (26), and prototypical size (6-foot-6, 315 pounds), it’s a bit surprising to see him settle for a one-year deal.

The Vikings had interest in bringing Sirles back but they chose not to pick up the $1.9 million tender for the restricted free agent. The team still could have retained him once he became an unrestricted free agent.

Nevertheless, Sirles will have the opportunity to replace left guard Andrew Norwell. The All-Pro lineman left Carolina and signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency this offseason. Sirles will reunite with Norv TurnerMatt Kalil, and Jarius Wright as a member of the Panthers.

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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  1. They seem to think a lot of good things about our Olinemen down in Carolina.

    I think the likelihood that we pick linemen early and often in the draft just keeps getting larger.

    1. They need to draft a the very least 2 OL ~ Seem to me just based off what I have read ((( I don’t keep up with the draft like I use too ))) and heard from all the draft gurus is they have a better shot at finding a day one starter is at OG ~ I see them moving Remmers back to right OT as there does not see to be anyone ((( unless someone gets in some really bad trouble and slides ))) who could be a day one starter at right OT ~

      But what do I know ~ I’m just a fan ~ Never have I been a coach or talent scout at the college or pro levels ~

      1. I can see the Vikings going OT Connor Williams or Mike McGlinchey if either drops to them, thus moving Remmers to guard. OT is more worthy of a first-round pick than OG, IMO.

    2. They teach holding better in Carolina… kidding. There’s a lot to like about Sirles, especially for $790,000.

      To quote KFAN’s Paul Allen, you have an elite football mind.

  2. It seems that the integrity of the OL will remain tenuous. Cousins is not good when pressured,

    1. We still have a solid O-line. Everyone returning except Berger and Sirles. Also, we have signed Tom Compton, who should be a more than adequate replacement for one of the two losses. So essentially, we are only down one lineman, and you have to remember we have several developmental O-linemen that should step up and be solid contributors in 2018, such as Danny Isidora, and Aviante Collins. There are some other linemen on the roster who could contribute such as: Cedrick Lang, Cornelius Edison, Josh Andrews, and Storm Norton. I trust this coaching staff to develop the talent we have. It seems every year, we find someone at the bottom of our roster, off someone’s practice squad, or an undrafted free agent, and we get more out of them than anyone could have expected.

      1. Great point, Robert. The Vikings have lost Berger, who was replaced by Compton, and now Sirles. The team already has adequate depth on the roster and will add more talent to the group via the draft and undrafted free agents.

    2. I believe the Vikings front office knows this and will use its assets in the draft to do everything in their power to protect their $84 million investment.