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.