Vikings trying to re-sign starting lineman Joe Berger, who may retire

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The Vikings have their new quarterback in Kirk Cousins, but they may have to find someone new to block for him.

Joe Berger, a guard/center who started all 16 games for the Vikings last year, is considering retirement, according to NFL Network.

In December, Berger told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that he was planning to retire. But more recently he was reportedly reconsidering.

The Lions and Panthers reportedly showed interest in Berger as well, and the Vikings have made him a good contract offer to try to keep him around. But Berger may have decided that it’s time to hang up the cleats.

The 35-year-old Berger has played seven seasons in Minnesota after previous stops in Miami and Dallas.

19 responses to “Vikings trying to re-sign starting lineman Joe Berger, who may retire

  1. He’s solid, but Vikings drafted Danny Isadora from Miami last year who played well. Most likely Isadora would earn the starting spot over Berger. Berger is valuable because of his position flexibility. Let him go and draft another college LT who can play OG, Save the cap $ for Diggs, Barr, Kendrick’s and Hunter.

  2. Was always one of the higher rated O-linemen for the Vikes on PFF the last couple years, and indicated several times last year he anticipated retiring. It would be nice if he played another year, but the team needs to line-up and/or groom his replacement anyhow.

  3. He must have something left or they wouldn’t be pursuing him. I don’t know enough line play to comment but he could start at center or guard and get praise at either. Sounds like someone you want around.

  4. Nice watching you give body and soul Joe.. It your heart isn’t in it you don’t want to play.
    Good luck on forever buddy. If Spielman is smart He’d Draft another O lineman or 2 with 1st or 2nd picks and don’t do like before and waiting for the 5-7th rounds..

    Good by Joe, Me Gotta Go, Me-O-My-o….

  5. Would love to have him back as either a starter or backup if one of the young guards can beat him out, which out doubt. While we are talking OL, bring back Mike Tice as assistant OL coach, the technique guru. He’s available and could work one on one with our young OL, while the scheme can be taught by Sparano.

  6. He can’t retire before we all learn how to pronounce his name. Is Berger pronounced “Ber-jer” or is it “Burger”? Inquiring minds want to know.

  7. filthymcnasty3 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 6:06 pm
    Is this because of the QB debacle?
    Speaking of QB debacles, I see the Packers still haven’t learned from their past mistakes. When Rodgers went down last year, their backup plan was Brett Hundley (that worked out well). Now they’ve upgraded to DeShone Kizer. LOL!

  8. filthymcnasty3 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 6:06 pm
    Is this because of the QB debacle?

    The Vikings could start Siemian (or 80% of the QBs in the league) and beat the Packers so there’s a debacle worth talking about.

  9. I think it is time, they need to play Isidora. I have seen too many guys just push Berger into the QB and collapse the pocket completely the last 2 years.

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