It wasn’t long ago that we thought the retirement of Minnesota Vikings’ offensive lineman Joe Berger was imminent. Then, he surprised a lot of people. . .myself included. . .by saying that he was going to play in 2018 and was going to test the free agent market. Now, according to Close, Personal Friend of The Daily Norseman Tom Pelissero™, retirement is back on the table for Berger again.
With offers on the table from the #Vikings and #Lions, veteran OL Joe Berger is seriously weighing retirement, per league sources. Has been on his mind since last year. Decision in the coming days/weeks.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 14, 2018
Pelissero is reporting that Berger has an offer from the Vikings and an offer from their NFC North rivals, the Detroit Lions, on the table. I’m not sure if it has to do with the offers or just a regular change of heart or what the deal is, but apparently Berger might be thinking about getting back on the retirement train.
If Berger wants to come back for 2018, the Vikings could certainly use him. He’s proven himself to be capable at all three interior line positions, and would be a decent depth piece at the very least.
From what Pelissero is saying, I wouldn’t expect an announcement from Berger any time soon. I’m guessing he’s going to take his time with this one.
Would you like to see Berger back in Minnesota?