Last week, I put together my opinion on which members of the Minnesota Vikings the team should be prioritizing for long-term contract extensions. It appears there’s another player that would like his name added to the list for consideration.
Nick Easton, who was the Vikings’ primary starter at left guard in 2017, has told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he would like a long-term deal hammered out with the team before the season starts. Easton signed his restricted free agent tender offer during the offseason, and will be playing in 2018 for a salary of just under $3 million.
Easton first mentioned the prospects of a long-term deal with the Vikings when the second-round tender was placed on him back in March, and reiterated that desire at OTAs this past week.
With all of the other contracts the Vikings have coming up, trying to work Easton into the mix might be a bit tricky. He showed in 2017 that he could be a quality starter on the offensive line, and certainly a decent depth piece with his experience starting at both center and guard, but you also get the feeling that the Vikings probably think they can upgrade from him at some point down the track. A long-term deal for Easton would likely be far less expensive than the other contracts that Rob Brzezinski has to work out in the near future, but the team is going to have to conserve cap space to get those done as well.
What do you make of the prospects of a long-term deal for Nick Easton in Minnesota?