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Vikings Rumors Link Team to Top Available Offensive Lineman

Adam Taylor McKillop
The latest Minnesota Vikings rumors link team to a top available offensive lineman, J.C. Tretter.
The latest Minnesota Vikings rumors link team to a top available offensive lineman, J.C. Tretter. / Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings have only made the playoffs once in Kirk Cousins' four-year tenure, despite a pair of Pro Bowl seasons from the veteran quarterback. It's easy to place the blame on a porous defense, but Minnesota's offensive line has also struggled mightily over the last couple of years.

Fortunately, the latest free-agency rumors link Minnesota to the best available free-agent lineman, center J.C. Tretter.

Vikings J.C. Tretter

The SKOR North podcast first alleged these reported rumors on Thursday, indicating the Vikings are on Tretter's "shortlist" of preferred teams for the 2022 season.

Vikings Rumors

Tretter spent the past five years with the Cleveland Browns, who released the veteran center back in March. Although he has no official hardware or designation to boast, he's one of the best offensive linemen available on the open market. Tretter earned a stellar 78.7 rating from PFF last year, allowing just one sack and five penalties across 1,039 snaps and 16 starts.

Minnesota's incumbent center Garrett Bradbury has been underwhelming in three seasons, to say the least. Tretter would be an immediate upgrade over the 26-year-old.

As the SKOR North podcast points out, money could be the only potential holdup in a Tretter signing. The Vikings hold about $9 million in available cap space with their new draftees, and that might not be enough to get this done.

The Vikings took only one offensive lineman (an offensive tackle) with their seven draft picks.

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