It was no secret that entering free agency, the Minnesota Vikings really needed to upgrade the offensive line. Right after free agency began at 3:00 PM CT, they landed former Detroit Lions tackle Riley Reiff.
Former Lions OT Riley Reiff plans to sign with Vikings , per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
Reiff’s old team replaced him with Ricky Wagner, who the Vikings were also reportedly interested in.
Reiff spent his first four seasons at left tackle, before being moved to right tackle in 2016. He has not reached expectations, considering he was a former first rounder, but he has still been good for the most part.
There is a good chance he stays at right tackle with the Vikings. They could use a left tackle now that Matt Kalil has signed with the Carolina Panthers for five-years/$55.5 million with $25 million guaranteed.
Maybe they could have him play left tackle if they cannot find sign anyone. He was rated by Pro Football Focus at left tackle throughout his career at 75.2, 70.5, 75.3, 77.5 and 67.5 at right tackle.
Terms of Reiff’s deal are unknown at the moment.
Reiff has started 69 out of 77 career games. He was drafted 23rd overall out of Iowa in 2012 by the Lions. He gets to stay in the NFC North. Many players like the opportunity to play against their former team twice a year as well as the rest of the division.
The offensive line has been the Vikings biggest issue the past three seasons, so this signing is definitely a step in the right direction. They have also been linked to left tackle Russell Okung. It will be very interesting to see if they will still pursue him.
The Viking had around $38 million to spend coming into free agency. It would be a shock if they do not also go after a left tackle. They also could use a guard, but it is not as big of a need.
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