Here are some free agents that could beef up Vikings offensive line
EAGAN, Minn.—With starting left guard Nick Easton likely out for the season, starting center Pat Elflein on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and starting right guard Mike Remmers out with an ankle injury, the Vikings' offensive line has seen better days.
While both Elflein and Remmers are expected to be ready for the Sept. 9 season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, the Vikings might want to considering looking at the free agent market.
Here are some names they could target:
Luke Joeckel: He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, so even though he hasn't lived up to the hype, there might still be some untapped potential somewhere in that 6-foot-6, 305-pound frame. Though he flamed out in his four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and one season with the Seattle Seahawks, he's only 26 years old and could be something of a low-risk, high-reward signing. Joeckel was ranked as the NFL's No. 52 guard last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Jahri Evans: He has been an NFL starter for 12 seasons, spending most of his career with the New Orleans Saints and last season with the Green Bay Packers. Evans, who turns 35 in a couple of weeks, was a perennial Pro Bowl selection in his prime, though it's reasonable to assume his best days are behind him. He was the No. 23 guard last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Zane Beadles: He was released by the San Francisco 49ers this offseason. While he shined earlier in his career as a starter for the Denver Broncos, he has started to decline as of late, and was the No. 79 guard last season, according to Pro Football Focus. Still, at 31, Beadles has experience on his side and 115 career starts under his belt, significantly more than Compton (11) and Isidora (1) combined.
Alex Boone: He was cut by the Vikings before the start of last season. It was an ugly breakup so the potential of bringing him back to the Twin Cities seems unlikely. That said, Boone did start 13 games for the Arizona Cardinals last season, at left guard no less. He was the No. 60 guard last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Richie Incognito: No chance. Not after Tuesday's Twitter meltdown.