The Minnesota Vikings have acquired another former first overall draft pick to their roster in just a month after they traded for quarterback Sam Bradford from the Philadelphia Eagles.
No, it's not another quarterback, but rather someone that is going to help protect him while he looks for throws in the pocket, and also help out their running back committee of Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata on rushing downs.
The Vikings have signed offensive tackle Jake Long, according to NFL.com.
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Their report states: "The Vikings signed the offensive tackle after placing Andre Smith on injured reserve Monday, the team announced Tuesday morning. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo adds it's a one-year deal for Long."
The 31-year-old was drafted with the first overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Miami Dolphins and has also played for the St Louis Rams and the Atlanta Falcons. Entering his ninth season in the league, the offensive tackle was also called up for four Pro Bowls during the first four years of his career.
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However, ACL tears and recovery from those injuries have meant over the past two years, Long has only played 11 games. During his time with the Falcons last season, he only played 11 snaps. He almost joined the Baltimore Ravens earlier this season but he refused to sign an injury waiver and backed out of the deal.
Long has the potential to be a top tackle, as shown by his four Pro Bowl call-ups. If he is able to find that form once more, this would turn out to be another fantastic move by the Vikings' front office as they continue to find top quality replacements to keep their team in the Super Bowl hunt despite injuries to their top players.
Minnesota now has a bye week to prepare Long for his first game of the 2016 season, which will be against the Philadelphia Eagles in week seven.
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