In order to shore up some of the issues they've been having along the offensive line, the Minnesota Vikings brought offensive tackle Jake Long in for a workout on Monday morning.
It appears that they were impressed by what they saw.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Vikings are expected to sign Long to a deal sometime today.
Long was the #1 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan, selected by the Miami Dolphins. He was a four-time Pro Bowler with the Dolphins under head coach Tony Sparano, who is now the offensive line coach for the Vikings. He eventually moved on to the St. Louis Rams in 2013, where his injury issues started. . .he tore an ACL in each of his seasons with St. Louis. He was released by the Rams in 2015 and signed with the Atlanta Falcons.
Long was set to sign with the Baltimore Ravens this past offseason, but refused to sign an injury waiver that the team wanted him to sign, leaving him as a free agent. There's no word at this point as to whether or not the Vikings asked him to sign a similar waiver, or of any of the other terms of his deal.
The question now is how. . .long (WHAT I DID THERE DID YOU SEE IT?). . .it takes the former Michigan Wolverine to make his way into the Vikings lineup. Since the injury to Matt Kalil, the Vikings have been going with T.J. Clemmings at the left tackle spot, and his play. . .well, it hasn't been great. Or even good. Or even average. It's actually been pretty bad, for the most part. If the Vikings were that impressed with Long, it might not be a stretch to see him as the team's starting left tackle coming out of the Vikings' bye week when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7.
The Minnesota Vikings have taken a step to fix some of their offensive line issues, as they will sign Jake Long sometime on Tuesday. Hopefully this will wind up being a positive for the purple.