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Vikings extend Joe Berger through 2017 season

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10:  Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Minnesota Vikings awaits the snap in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Vikings released John Sullivan in August, leaving Joe Berger as the winner of the competition for the starting center job in 2016.

On Friday, the Vikings moved to make sure Berger will be on hand in 2017 as well. The team announced that they signed Berger, whose contract was set to expire after the end of the season, to a one-year extension.

Berger was a sixth-round pick of the Panthers in 2005 and played for the Dolphins and Cowboys before making his way to Minnesota in 2011. He started 18 games in his first four years with the team, mostly at guard, before taking over for the injured Sullivan last season. He turned in a strong year opening holes for Adrian Peterson and the team obviously thinks he’ll continue to play well this season.

Berger will turn 35 before the start of next season, so there may still be thoughts about a succession plan even though Berger is now in the team’s plans through the 2017 season.

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32 Responses to “Vikings extend Joe Berger through 2017 season”
  1. ariani1985 says: Sep 9, 2016 4:07 PM

    And our fecal performing inbred little sisters to the east has a GM who cuts linemen due to temper tantrums!

  2. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 9, 2016 4:32 PM

    Joe Burger????

  3. sterling7 says: Sep 9, 2016 4:49 PM

    Congratulations, you earned it!

  4. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 9, 2016 5:06 PM

    You could be a Pro Bowl O-Liner this year, Joe. Congrats!

  5. cribbage12 says: Sep 9, 2016 5:09 PM

    This just shows RickyTick’s genius. Looking at his muscle tone from that picture, it looks like he can’t even get his hand off the ground.

    Oh, wait, maybe he’s about to do one of those hike thingys. Never mind. But I will say my 76 year-old father has more muscle tone in his arms that Berger.

  6. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 9, 2016 5:13 PM

    For the last 2 years, all we’ve heard is how bad the O-line sucks and that’s why Teddy underwhelmed. Now they’re pro-bowlers? Apparently it wasn’t the O-line dragging Teddy down, it was Teddy dragging the O-line down. Funny how that works…

  7. codiablo says: Sep 9, 2016 5:16 PM

    Love berger. Fries, too – don’t get cut bro!

  8. frank booth says: Sep 9, 2016 5:36 PM

    Teddy caused a lot of his own sacks. That’s why PFF had the Vikings pass blocking ranked 16th last year. Vikings’ fans will come up with every excuse for Bridgewater’s inferior production.

  9. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 9, 2016 5:46 PM

    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Sep 9, 2016 5:13 PM
    For the last 2 years, all we’ve heard is how bad the O-line sucks and that’s why Teddy underwhelmed. Now they’re pro-bowlers? Apparently it wasn’t the O-line dragging Teddy down, it was Teddy dragging the O-line down. Funny how that works…
    ————–
    Do u live in a cardboard box or somethin? We’re returning our complete O-Line who played last year plus added Andre Smith and Alex Boone from the Niners, who btw is looking forward to decimating Clay Matthews. To clarify, it ain’t the same O line, so u can drop the crappy o-line talk. In fact, that should apply to ur team, suddenly cutting Sitton and pissin off the other people on ur o-line (see TJ Lang).

  10. ariani1985 says: Sep 9, 2016 5:46 PM

    Oh look, we have a fake bears fan in the house! Shouldn’t you be making excuses for the Packers?

  11. cheeseisfattening says: Sep 9, 2016 6:10 PM

    It is nice to see good players being extended in Minnesota. In Green Bay the only things being extended are waistlines.

    BTW,, how’d that P90x thing work out for Eddie Lacy?

  12. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 9, 2016 6:12 PM

    lindacaseauthor says:
    Sep 9, 2016 5:46 PM

    Do u live in a cardboard box or somethin? We’re returning our complete O-Line who played last year plus added Andre Smith and Alex Boone from the Niners, who btw is looking forward to decimating Clay Matthews. To clarify, it ain’t the same O line, so u can drop the crappy o-line talk. In fact, that should apply to ur team, suddenly cutting Sitton and pissin off the other people on ur o-line (see TJ Lang).

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Is he really looking forward to it? Is he really? Is he? Is he? Did he tell you this personally? Gosh, I didn’t know you were one of the cool kids like that.

    This is why I so enjoy helping you go off the rails. You’ll just say any old thing. It doesn’t need to be true, or make sense, or anything like that. You’ll just spout nonsense on top of nonsense.

  13. frank booth says: Sep 9, 2016 6:14 PM

    ariani1985
    Your lack of originality is what makes you so special. You’re like that little muppet creature that used to sit next to Jabba the Hutt in the Star Wars movies, squealing with no purpose.

  14. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 9, 2016 6:23 PM

    So let me make sure I have this straight. You’re returning the same O-line that you did nothing but complain about AND added a couple of guys that helped their former team go right in the tank?

    I stand corrected. Pro Bowls for everyone!

  15. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 9, 2016 6:24 PM

    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Sep 9, 2016 5:13 PM

    For the last 2 years, all we’ve heard is how bad the O-line sucks and that’s why Teddy underwhelmed. Now they’re pro-bowlers? Apparently it wasn’t the O-line dragging Teddy down, it was Teddy dragging the O-line down. Funny how that works…
    __________________

    “COULD be a Pro Bowl O-Liner THIS year.”

    Try to comprehend what’s written.

  16. h0metownzero says: Sep 9, 2016 6:28 PM

    Geezers like Berger are why the Vikings have become the 2nd oldest team in the NFL.

  17. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 9, 2016 6:38 PM

    Well allow me to rephrase…

    For the last 2 years, all we’ve heard is how bad the O-line sucks and that’s why Teddy underwhelmed. Now they could be pro-bowlers? Apparently it wasn’t the O-line dragging Teddy down, it was Teddy dragging the O-line down. Funny how that works…

    Is that better for you?

  18. ariani1985 says: Sep 9, 2016 6:39 PM

    Frankie performance booth,

    You said that before, you need some new material!

    Trick question for ya! Name 4 starters for the bears? Quick, Google it! Of course from your Packer recliner!

  19. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 9, 2016 6:40 PM

    I swear, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

    Fish!

    In a barrel!

  20. skol4life says: Sep 9, 2016 6:45 PM

    Berger saved our Bacon last year when Sully hurt his back. See what I did there. Packer trolls are flipping out that a team would actually reward a player for doing well instead of kicking them out the door.

  21. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 9, 2016 6:48 PM

    The Packers O-Line just took a HUGE hit letting a 3 x Pro-Bowler/All-Pro walk and the Packer trolls are still butt-hurt.

    So now they all come over here and talk smack. So cute.

  22. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 9, 2016 7:04 PM

    Yes, that one-year extension is a real vote of confidence. You really got me there. Yeah, they really took good care of their guy Berger. Were you people bottle fed lead based paint?

  23. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 9, 2016 7:32 PM

    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Sep 9, 2016 6:12 PM
    lindacaseauthor says:
    Sep 9, 2016 5:46 PM

    Do u live in a cardboard box or somethin? We’re returning our complete O-Line who played last year plus added Andre Smith and Alex Boone from the Niners, who btw is looking forward to decimating Clay Matthews. To clarify, it ain’t the same O line, so u can drop the crappy o-line talk. In fact, that should apply to ur team, suddenly cutting Sitton and pissin off the other people on ur o-line (see TJ Lang).

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Is he really looking forward to it? Is he really? Is he? Is he? Did he tell you this personally? Gosh, I didn’t know you were one of the cool kids like that.

    This is why I so enjoy helping you go off the rails. You’ll just say any old thing. It doesn’t need to be true, or make sense, or anything like that. You’ll just spout nonsense on top of nonsense.
    ———————-
    Nonsense, my foot. Do you ever do any research before responding, Cheesehead? I don’t think so. Refer to Sept 14th, 2013: Alex Boone wants to punch Clay Matthews in the face for the cheap shot (late hit) he placed on Kaepernick. And he came to the Vikings with the same sentiment for Claitlin, May 2016. Just Google it. I’m waiting for ur apology.

  24. tjacks7 says: Sep 9, 2016 7:40 PM

    The Almighty Cabbage says:

    Yes, that one-year extension is a real vote of confidence. You really got me there. Yeah, they really took good care of their guy Berger. Were you people bottle fed lead based paint?

    Yea I mean, why wouldn’t they give a 34 year old player a 10 year contract extension fully guaranteed? These GMs are so dumb.

  25. tjacks7 says: Sep 9, 2016 7:46 PM

    Teddy didn’t underwhelm, unless you’re a box score, fantasy football player. To those of us that understand the game, Teddy has done exactly what he’s been asked to stay within the offense and win games. It’s nice not having an egomaniac at QB, always ready to throw his teammates under the bus.

    Hard to believe Teddy has been so good with Berger being the only one who consistently performed at a starting caliber last year. Berger locked up, Fusco back to his normal position where he excelled, RT upgraded, LG upgraded, the only question left is Kalil and the depth behind these guys.

  26. pkrlvr says: Sep 9, 2016 7:57 PM

    Anyone who spends any time reading the comment section on a Viking or packer story immediately comes away dumber for having done so. We have the greatest technological marvel in the history of the world at our fingertips and this is what we use it for. Sad.

  27. purplepride11 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:07 PM

    He really did say this in one of his first interviews as a Vikes. If I were clay I would watch out.

  28. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 9, 2016 8:10 PM

    Linda, you make this too, too easy with your nonsense. Yes, Boone said that in 2013 but I don’t believe he reiterated it in 2016. Oh wait… you mean where one of your purple sportswriters wrote a piece in 2016 wherein he referenced Boone’s 2013 sentiment?

    The only 2016 sentiment I’ve seen from Boone is that now he wants to punch Kaepernick in the face. Now try to bear with me here, as I know this will be difficult for you… if Boone wanted to punch Clay for a hit on Kaepernick, but now Boone wants to punch Kaepernick, it just stands to reason that he could no longer care less about Clay hitting Kaepernick.

    That’s called logic and/or reasoning. You should try it some time. But hey, if you need me to be sorry, no problem. I’m sorry you’re so full of nonsense… nah, I’m really not. You are truly a rare gem when it comes to my selfish entertainment.

  29. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 9, 2016 8:13 PM

    “Yea I mean, why wouldn’t they give a 34 year old player a 10 year contract extension fully guaranteed? These GMs are so dumb.”

    That was my point. They gave Berger next to nothing, although some of your purple friends seem to think otherwise.

    That’s called sarcasm. Read up on it.

  30. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 9, 2016 8:17 PM

    Well, I have bigger fish to fry for the rest of the evening. You kids talk amongst yourselves, maybe get Boone on the phone since Linda’s so tight with him, and I’ll try and remember to stop in here again tomorrow.

  31. starchybunker says: Sep 9, 2016 11:34 PM

    too bad. I was hoping Berger would get traded to the Steelers, where he could snap the ball to Rothelisberger and Mettenberger…

  32. purplepat69 says: Sep 10, 2016 7:04 AM

    Congratulations to Joe Berger on the extension. PFF named Berger the league’s best run blocking offensive lineman in the NFL in 2015, and overall league’s 2nd best center.

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