Vikings Reached Out To OL Joe Berger About Returning, But He’s Staying Retired

Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports that the Vikings reached out to retired OL Joe Berger about returning to the team. However, Tomasson says that Berger informed the Vikings that he plans to stay retired.

This comes shortly after the news that Vikings G Nick Easton is likely out for the 2018 season (NFLTR) after he underwent surgery this morning to correct a herniated disc in his neck.

Berger reportedly had offers from the Vikings and Lions this offseason, but elected to retire from the NFL.

Berger, 35, is a former sixth-round pick of the Panthers back in 2005. He had brief stints with the Dolphins and Cowboys before eventually signing on with the Vikings in 2011.

Berger finished the final year of his contract and is currently an unrestricted free agent.

In 2017, Berger appeared in all 16 games for the Vikings and Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 21 overall guard out of 77 qualifiers.

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