When free agency gets underway in the National Football League here in a couple of weeks, you would have to figure that the Minnesota Vikings will be hot and heavy after offensive linemen that hit the open market. There’s a name that’s been tossed out there by a current NFL beat reporter, and he’s got some connections to the “Denver Mafia” that’s now a part of the Minnesota coaching staff.
Mike Klis, a beat writer covering the Denver Broncos, suggests that the Vikings are showing interest in current Broncos’ offensive lineman Billy Turner. The connection is with new offensive advisor Gary Kubiak, who worked with Turner this past season.
Turner is a Minnesota native who played his high school football at Mounds View High School, and played his college ball at North Dakota State University. He was a third-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2014, but was let go by Miami in 2016. After a brief stay in Baltimore. . .he was with the Ravens for three days. . .he was picked up by the Broncos off of waivers.
Turner has the sort of versatility that the Vikings’ coaching staff might want as they attempt to revamp their offensive line. He started four games for the Broncos at right tackle this season, and then started seven games at left guard. He’s not necessarily a sexy name in the free agent market, but if Rick Dennison and company think they can work with him and continue his development, it’s possible the Vikings could take a run at him.
Thankfully, in a couple of weeks we’ll start seeing some movement of players and start getting an idea. . .hopefully. . .of what the Vikings are doing with the offensive line.