Vikings put in a call to retired guard Joe Berger

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It may be too early to term this a desperate call, but the Vikings did reach out to a retired guy after finding out guard Nick Easton would likely miss the entire season because of a neck problem.

At least this one is unlikely to end in profanity and deleted tweets.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings called about retired guard Joe Berger to see if he was interested in returning, but Berger said he intended to stay retired.

Berger played 13 seasons in the league, the last seven with the Vikings. He was the kind of versatile interior blocker teams love to keep around, which explains why they were quick to check in.

Berger announced in March he was finished with football, and said recently he was at peace with the decision to walk away.

The Vikings will doubtless continue to shake the tree looking for depth, as they didn’t spend all that money on Kirk Cousins to leave him vulnerable. That does not mean they’re going to call Richie Incognito back, after he said the Vikings were interested (which they didn’t seem to be), and called coach Mike Zimmer a liar on Twitter.

45 responses to “Vikings put in a call to retired guard Joe Berger

  1. I wish Richie Incognito would have handled this better.

    Total headcase but he’d be our best offensive lineman by a mile.

  2. Or they could wait til roster cuts and maybe got a decent utility guy, that still has the desire to play….

    Did Berger try to stay in “football” shape after making that choice I think of Joe Thomas from Cleveland talking about shedding excessive weight once he decided to hang up the cleats.

  3. The Vikes can’t call Incognito now… sure they could have before but he’s already shown himself to be a character risk and that crap won’t fly with Zim.

  4. I don’t think you understand the DEFCON scale.

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    filthymcnasty3 says:
    August 9, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Commence desperation mode.

    Viking HQ now at DEFCON 4 as entire season placed on life support.

  5. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    August 9, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    I think it’s too bad when this sort of thing happens. I just want to go on record as not celebrating, like MN fans did last year. We really are better fans.
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    Welcome back, Carl! In your absence, your brethren have taken the typical Packer fan arrogance and hypocrisy to another level, so you’re going to have to up your game. Nice start, though.

  6. I doubt that Joe Berger has done much since his retirement in terms of working out that would be necessary for success at the NFL level. You could hardly expect him to start now just because the Vikings called. That speaks more of the team’s desperation than anything else.

    Still, Zimmer could call Richie Incognito with a deep apology and see if he might want to join the Vikings. Its not like Richie was on the verge of winning a Superbowl this year anyway.

  7. This is hilarious seeing the Packer fans so giddy with glee over the Vikings losing a player for the season, as if this means their season is over. News flash: The Vikings lost their starting quarterback after Week 1 and their star running back in Week 4 last year and still finished six games ahead of the Packers. I think they’ll manage to overcome the loss of their left guard, which is slightly more important than the third linebacker if you’re going to rank positions. It hurts the team for sure, but this isn’t a one-man team like some others I could name.

  8. Too bad they didn’t draft an offensive lineman this year with their first pick like everyone expected them to do. It’s not like their offensive line has struggled for the last decade or anything….who could have ever seen this kind of thing coming? Who needed the linemen still available like Will Hernandez,James Daniels or Connor Williams?

    Just about everyone knew – except the front office apparently.

  9. thefappingbearcutler
    Aug 9, 2018, 2:02 PM CDT
    Vikings can’t afford a decent free agent. I hear that Greg Robinson will soon be available. WON’T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!!!! CAP DOOM NEXT YEAR!
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    Comments like these are as dumb as they come.

  10. Any team out there with a serviceable lineman that might be interested in 1st and 4th round picks better get on the horn with Vikings Central.
    Minnesota has just officially entered desperation, Save our Season, mode.
    Fleece them while you can!

  11. . News flash: The Vikings lost their starting quarterback after Week 1 and their star running back in Week 4 last year and still finished six games ahead of the Packers.
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    RBs are a dime a dozen just wait til you see all sorts of young guys and second stringerw doing good in the league by week 5 and the seperation between the starting QB for Minnesota and the back up really wasn’t that big. Teams have been filling in for an injured Bradford for the majority of his career.

    While losing a LG may not be the end all, it’s all ready chewing up depth and most teams haven’t started preseason yet so. You can’t just brush it off as if it were absolutely nothing.

  12. To be clear, I hate the Vikings, want them to lose as many players to season ending injuries as possible, preferably to career ending injuries. Lets add on a few more episode like the Love Boat, and a few more like hitting cops with your car. Minnesota is freezing 11 months a year, elects wrestlers and other weirdos to run their state, and when the next war starts, let the first nuc hit the twin burgs.

  13. Good lord just go get Richie. Berger and Easton weren’t exactly pro bowl material but they added depth. Now they have none of that.

  14. aa1829 says:
    August 9, 2018 at 3:38 pm
    To be clear, I hate the Vikings, want them to lose as many players to season ending injuries as possible, preferably to career ending injuries. Lets add on a few more episode like the Love Boat, and a few more like hitting cops with your car. Minnesota is freezing 11 months a year, elects wrestlers and other weirdos to run their state, and when the next war starts, let the first nuc hit the twin burgs

    Only packer fans are psychotic enough to think like this. Congrats. You’ve proven my point that I’ve been making for years.

  15. my gosh one player ain’t gonna make the team go from one of the best to the worst. in Zim we trust will get it done. unlike packers nation who panic when one little thing didn’t go their way. We are the Champ and will be again.

  16. taintedsaints2009 says:
    August 9, 2018 at 3:45 pm
    aa1829 says:
    August 9, 2018 at 3:38 pm
    To be clear, I hate the Vikings, want them to lose as many players to season ending injuries as possible, preferably to career ending injuries. Lets add on a few more episode like the Love Boat, and a few more like hitting cops with your car. Minnesota is freezing 11 months a year, elects wrestlers and other weirdos to run their state, and when the next war starts, let the first nuc hit the twin burgs

    Only packer fans are psychotic enough to think like this. Congrats. You’ve proven my point that I’ve been making for years.

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    Probs Cheese/filthy/ariani/bill making a new fake packer account.

    He has at least 10.

  17. Just have a dinner of crow under glass. Call Richie. Incognito may be wrapped in tin foil and may be talking to the 3 other people inside his head, but he can still play guard while trying to hop a ride on the “chariot of the gods”.

  18. Incognito could be a hall of fame lineman if he had a brain in his head. The fact that he made it as far as he did, while being perhaps one of the dumbest people on the planet, shows just how much physical talent the guy has. Too bad, so sad, Richie.

  19. They really should call Richie. It’s not like the Vikings have to commit to him. The guy is tough as nails and a great player. Put aside the bat***t crazy part because he can flat out play at a high level.

  20. I never celebrate the list of ANY player from ANY team. Tough luck for the Bikes, we went thru key losses last year as well Sproles was our best weapon, Peters and All Pro Lineman, Wentz the favorite for the MVP (still think he should’ve won) Hicks our defensive Capt. The Vikes are a good team. They’ll get through it..

    Plus, I want them with no excuses when we beat them again.

  21. Anyone who thinks the Vikings are going to just set back and do nothing are kidding themselves ~

    They will either coach someone up just like they did Berger or Easton ~ Sullivan who is still playing for the Rams is another ~ So don’t kid yourself ~

    Then there are trades and the final cutdowns to 53 ~ So if the Vikings do nothing all the NFC North fans who are over excited you still have to find a way to beat the Vikings defense ~ And that’s if they do nothing at all and go with the guys on the roster ~

    As Zimmer likes to say ~ Tweet That ~ !!! LOL

  22. Uh-oh. $30 million guaranteed to a second-rate QB who’s going to get tossed around like a rag doll this season. Looks like yet another year of bitter disappointment for the Vikings.

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