The Vikings just signed a defenseman from the Buffalo Bills. Now they’re going after one of their offensive lineman.
A source said restricted free-agent guard Ryan Bates flew to Minnesota on Thursday and met with the Vikings. And they consider handing him an offer sheet.
The Vikings on Thursday signed defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, who agreed to a three-year, $19.5 million deal on Monday.
Bates got the low offer amount of $2.433 million from the Bills, which only gives them the right to honor one offer. If Bates signed an offer sheet featuring the Vikings, the Bills would have five days to conform. If they didn’t agree, they would get no compensation.
Bates started his third Buffalo year of the 2021 regular season as a guard in four games. He started the last three games through injury and then started in both of the Bills’ playoff games.
The Vikings could consider Bates, who has played all five positions on the offensive line, as a possible right starter. Earlier this week they lost Mason Cole, who was their top right starter in 2021 when he signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent.
A source said there has been a lot of interest in Bates so far and if he doesn’t get an offer to his liking from Minnesota he might consider visiting other teams.
‘WIN-WIN’ ON COUSINS
Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah was “really happy” to have reached an agreement on a one-year contract extension for Kirk Cousins last Sunday. The quarterback was guaranteed an additional $35 million in a deal that takes him through 2023, and the Vikings saved $13.75 million on the 2022 salary cap by adding two contestable years.
“We felt it was really important to have a win-win solution for the player and the organization,” said Adofo-Mensah. “It gives us an opportunity to add other players around him, but it also gives (head coach) Kevin (O’Connell) and Kirk time to go into the lab and really see how far we can take this team. So we are happy about this result.”
Adofo-Mensah introduced free-agent signers Phillips and linebacker Jordan Hicks and answered no questions. He is expected to speak at length about the free hand next Wednesday.
Adofo-Mensah said there was a “collaboration” between the front office and the coaches during free agency and the Vikings took steps “as a unit”.
A source said the Vikings have informed free-agent cornerback Mackensie Alexander that he will not be re-signed. Alexander played for Minnesota from 2016-19, spent 2020 with Cincinnati and then returned to the Vikings in 2021. … Defensive tackle Michael Pierce, who was fired by the Vikings on Tuesday after refusing a pay cut, agreed to a deal with the Baltimore team he played for from 2016-19. He said it was a three-year, $16.5 million deal with a $7 million guarantee.
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