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It is no secret that the Vikings offensive line has been their biggest weakness the past three seasons.
If they want to get back into the playoffs and compete for the NFC North title again, they knew they needed to get better up front. They went out and signed tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers in free agency. They also drafted center Pat Elflein in the third round.
Remmers signed a five-year/$30 million contract.
He struggled last season at left tackle when having to fill in for Michael Oher, but has been decent at right tackle. Pro Football Focus rated him at 66.1 this past season at right tackle, but 72.1 in in 2015 and 72.8 in 2014 at left tackle. This past season Andre Smith was rated at 39.3, Jeremiah Sirles at 67.2 and T.J. Clemmings at 28.2 (played both tackles spots).
“It just helped me grow … but I’m very excited to be back playing at right tackle.” (min.247sports.com)
Remmers was a walk-on at Oregon State and undrafted in 2012. He was signed by the Denver Broncos, but was released week four of the preseason. He then spent the entire season on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad. He played one game with the San Diego Chargers in 2013. He was then released and spent the final month of the season with the Vikings, but did not play.
“The coaches were great, and I love the organization here, the fan base here,” Remmers said via Vikings.com. “Being familiar with it was definitely a big reason (for coming back).” (min.247sports.com)
If the Vikings offensive line was even slightly better the past two seasons, they could have won two more games in each of those seasons. Will Remmers, Reiff and Elflein become Pro Bowlers this year? Not likely, but all three will certainly help and the Vikings certainly can use all the help they could get.