Report: Mutual interest between Vikings, Clint Boling

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For the first three years of his NFL career, Bengals guard Clint Boling practiced against defensive players coached by then-defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer made the move to Vikings head coach in 2014 while Boling remained in Cincinnati, but there could be a reunion after free agency opens on Tuesday. Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports that the Vikings are “making a push” to sign Boling, who has started the last 44 regular season games he’s played for the Bengals.

According to Boling’s trainer, there’s mutual interest.

“He has a lot of interest in the Vikings,” Ryan Goldin, who trains Boling in Atlanta during the offseason, said. “I know he likes the Vikings organization. It’s going to be an interesting 24 hours.”

The Vikings released Charlie Johnson and have Brandon Fusco returning from a torn pectoral at guard. Joe Berger and Vlad Ducasse are set to become free agents.

Goldin said the Falcons and Jets have also been in contact with Boling and that the Bengals have also expressed interest in bringing him back. As for the trainer’s prediction of where Boling will lead, he thinks his client will take “the best up-front money like everybody else does.”

36 responses to “Report: Mutual interest between Vikings, Clint Boling

  1. The interest in Boling must mean that Minnesota is out of the Iupati race.

    Boling is solid and much better than Charlie Johnson. Moreover, the Vikings’ interest in free agent guards this offseason doesn’t speak well for the development of David Yankey.

    Boling on a four year, 22 million dollar deal wouldn’t be bad at all for Minnesota.

  2. Its a ploy by his agent to drive up his asking price with the real NFL teams not named the Vikings.

    If the money is equal among the bidders, then the prospects of finishing in the bottom of the division and playing no meaningful games after Nov 1st will come into play.

  3. Signing him or Iupati is by far and away the Vikes most important off season move.

    Can then focus on AP and his BS.

    Draft WR or trade back in first to take WR or CB. Then take in 2nd rd CB/WR, LB or RB pending AP.

  4. Signing a quality guard and an immediate starter would help not only upgrade the OL, but give the Vikings the opportunity for greater options with their first round pick.

    If they don’t sign a OL starter in free agency, that first pick will be a MUST offensive lineman; otherwise, Teddy Bridgewater won’t last until November.

  5. Iupati is asking 8.5 and has regressed at pass blocking. Boling is PFF third rated guard last year…and it looks like he wants to go play for Zimmer. He is the best choice

  6. Its a ploy by his agent to drive up his asking price with the real NFL teams not named the Vikings.

    If the money is equal among the bidders, then the prospects of finishing in the bottom of the division and playing no meaningful games after Nov 1st will come into play……

    Maybe so..but if that happens, the fans of the NFC North will be glad to sit back and watch Rodgers continues to be a loser in the payoffs…

  7. Boling is versatile. He’s a good LG and can slide out to RT in a pinch and has even taken snaps at C.

    As a Bengals fan, I’m kind of torn on this one. His
    versatility is nice and he’s still young. Whoever can
    “front load” the contract with the most money is who
    he’ll sign with!

    Next year the Bengals also have Andre Smith, Kevin
    Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth up for free agency.
    I’d say those 3 are more valuable to their OL right now
    so they may be content in letting him walk and finding
    his replacement in the draft.

  8. Not a bad deal. Sign with the Vikings. Make a nice haul. Never have to worry about playing any of those troublesome extra playoff games after the end of the season.

    More money for less work.

  9. All things being equal, if his alternatives are the Falcons and Jets, I suspect he will be running gleefully to the open arms of Mike Zimmer, particularly since there isn’t a single NFCN interior lineman to fear anymore (unless he’s worried about getting shot by a guy with a pound of dope in his pickup).

  10. Best guard for the Vikings. Young,can play tackle and without the Iupati price tag. Feirce run blocker and average pass blocker,much like Iupati. Get it done.

  11. If the money is equal among the bidders, then the prospects of finishing in the bottom of the division and playing no meaningful games after Nov 1st will come into play…………..

    However…The Packer play meaningless games in January

  12. @stoptrippin, Mays should be moved to weakside linebacker in a 4-3 defense. Don’t get me wrong, helluva an athlete but the closer to the line of scrimmage he is the better off he’d be! Good special teamer as well.

  13. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 9, 2015 2:15 PM

    This is the main guy they’ve had their eyes on for free agency. Good young player who is ascending. He would fill the biggest hole on the roster right now.

    ————————-

    He plays guard, not QB!

  14. Iupati is a monster in the run game but a subar pass protector. Boling is probably average to above-average in both areas, for what I would expect to be a significantly lower price tag. I would rather they go after Boling, I think he’s a better value, and I’d be wary of putting a below-average pass-blocker next to Kalil on the young QB’s blind side. That seems risky.

  15. lordfletcher says: Mar 9, 2015 2:20 PM

    Signing him or Iupati is by far and away the Vikes most important off season move.

    Can then focus on AP and his BS.

    Draft WR or trade back in first to take WR or CB. Then take in 2nd rd CB/WR, LB or RB pending AP.
    —————————————————–
    I couldn’t agree more for the most part. Taking care of that Left Guard concern is number one on the list of things Spielman should be doing. Then the Vikings draft wouldn’t have to worry about this problem.

    Go get him guys. Zimmer being from Cincinnati will be a huge selling point. Don’t be cheap about it and be outbid.

  16. Boling would be much better off staying with the Bengals than going to the hapless Vikings, who are accustomed only to losing. They simply don’t know how to be successful. The only people in the entire organization that have ever won anything are players that won something with another team.

    The owners have never won anything. The GM has never won anything. The head coach has never won anything. 90% of their players have never won anything. It’s just a loser culture, filled with loser personnel, playing in front of loser “fans.”

  17. Man, it really burns Packer trolls to see their biggest rival’s GM doing what GMs are supposed to do — pursue ALL avenues, the draft and free agency, to better the team. Unlike Ted Thompson who moves through free agency with the interest and alacrity of a glacier.

  18. Clint can clearly see what kind of team the Vikings are becoming. He knows what kind of coach Zimmer is, and wants to be a part of it. For the next 10 years they will win a lot of games. And at least 3-4 Super Bowls.

  19. And yet, the Packers are arguably the most successful team in the history of the NFL while the Vikings owners have never won anything, their GM has never won anything, their head coach has never won anything, and the only players on their roster that have ever won anything won it elsewhere.

    Loser organization, filled with loser personnel, playing in front of loser “fans.”

  20. Loser organization, filled with loser personnel, playing in front of loser “fans.”…………….

    Thats quite a mouthful considering your team was gained in the NFCC and gave up 15 points in 44 seconds. And death threats to a player from the Packer fans? Care to revise your post?

  21. To all packer fans that say the vikings never won anything:

    1969 NFL Champions….If you disregard that….forget about all those NFL championships the Packers won when there were like 12 teams….losers.

  22. jimmysee says:
    Mar 9, 2015 2:43 PM

    Not a bad deal. Sign with the Vikings. Make a nice haul. Never have to worry about playing any of those troublesome extra playoff games after the end of the season.

    More money for less work
    //////////////////////////////////////

    Or play more games, get expectations up, and then major disappointment hits because you’re a Packer and they can’t finish, they just choke. Players want to be a Viking as they ascend and not the Packers that are on their way down, Rogers can’t carry everyone lol

  23. “- The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Mar 9, 2015 7:00 PM
    And yet, the Packers are arguably the most successful team in the history of the NFL while the Vikings owners have never won anything, their GM has never won anything, their head coach has never won anything, and the only players on their roster that have ever won anything won it elsewhere.

    Loser organization, filled with loser personnel, playing in front of loser “fans.” -”

    Lol …Packer Fans, nothing But Cheese Mills, Taxidermy barns, completely open and distant horizons, and serial killers. No wonder they are so good at Delusion.

    Always saying things like this, however, when the fact that The Vikings have Won The Division more times than the packers have, they always just mumble and stumble and revert to slurring out a reminder to their 13 championships back when there were like…… 7 teams in the whole league.

    Of course you can’t win with people like that.

  24. A report came out today that the Vikings and T Mays (Safety- Bengals) have a mutual interest. It looks to me like Zimmer is trying to plug the holes in the D with players he’s actually coached and was impressed with.

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