Vikings make offer to Nick Easton

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The Vikings are trying their best to bring back free agent offensive guard Nick Easton. They made him an offer, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports.

Whether it’s good enough to get Easton to stay remains to be seen. Easton has options, having visited New Orleans on Thursday.

Other teams also are in the mix, per Tomasson.

Easton is expected to make a decision next week, perhaps after another visit or two.

He missed all of last season with a neck injury that required surgery. Easton started 12 games in 2017 before a fractured ankle ended his season in December.

Easton has appeared in 23 career games for Minnesota with 17 starts.

9 responses to “Vikings make offer to Nick Easton

  1. Sorry….but the amount of injuries he’s experienced and time missed….he owes it to the Vikings and the fans to come back and make good for the team who first gave him a chance.

  2. I hope he’s got a clean bill of health; if so, they could sure use him if he comes back. Even with him, they still need to select a new center and another G/T in the draft, both of whom can start opening day.

    I wish the Vikings would realize what most other teams have already figured out. Offensive line is the one position where you are least likely to find quality starters on day three of the draft.

  3. The first team that took a chance on him was the Ravens, who brought Easton into camp as a free agent.

  4. tinye67 says:
    March 15, 2019 at 3:35 pm
    Sorry….but the amount of injuries he’s experienced and time missed….he owes it to the Vikings and the fans to come back and make good for the team who first gave him a chance.
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    We got Nick Easton in a trade with the 49ers.

  5. Brobokil says:
    March 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Fwippel, I’m pretty sure Pat Elflein is still considered the long-term starter at center.
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    The scuttlebutt I had heard was that he may get bumped to guard. Apparently (according to PFF), he graded out as the worst starting center in the league last season. His pass blocking was just awful, and I’m not sure he’s salvageable at center (or guard for that matter). I hope he gets better, but I’d hate to see the team enter next season without another option.

  6. The only way Elflein isn’t the center is if the best offensive lineman available when the Vikings pick is a center who can’t play guard (like Garrett Bradbury). Elflein had a very good rookie year and the reason he didn’t do well last year was because he missed the entire offseason, training camp, and first three regular season games after shoulder and ankle surgeries. There’s no way you can miss that much time and then step in and be effective. You can expect a bounceback year from him.

  7. Easton did a good job when he started in 2017, and his injury that year caused a lot of offensive line restructuring that really hurt the offense the rest of the season. Nevertheless, he’s injured a lot and probably isn’t worth a lot of the precious cap space that’s available right now. I hope they can work it out but not to the point of overpaying.

  8. Just like Fusco and Pat Elflein Easton is not going to be able to contribute after losing a year to a serious injury. A cervical spine injury is serious and there is no reason to believe that a borderline player like Easton is going to be able to contribute in a meaningful way. The guy is constantly injured and the team would do well to actually draft someone for a change.

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