Vikings Lock Up Guard Brandon Fusco to 5-Year Deal
The Minnesota Vikings are making sure their offensive line stays intact. Locking up offensive guard Brandon Fusco was a big part of that plan. With a new five-year, $25 million deal, Fusco gets a contract extension through the 2019 NFL season.
Fusco will reportedly get $6 million guaranteed on the new deal and helps Minnesota solidify a very solid o-line. Thanks to grading out as a top-10 guard the past two seasons, Fusco can anchor down one side of the line and continue to help the Vikings run the ball effectively.
Star running back Adrian Peterson will be thankful for that, as his o-line has gone through some dry spells in the past. However, the extension of Fusco ensures a solid run blocking unit will stay that way for years to come.
Peterson has benefited greatly from solid offensive line play the past few years, as Fusco and the rest of the group helped paved the way to an almost historic (and still quite historic) 2012 season that had Peterson just nine yards shy of the single-season rushing yardage record.
Peterson continued to dominate on the ground in 2013, as well, topping 10 rushing scores for the seventh time in seven seasons, while also nearly rushing for 1,300 yards. Also thanks to such a steady line, Peterson has never seen his yards per carry dip below 4.4. in his entire career.
Fusco will be part of an o-line that helps protect future franchise passer Teddy Bridgewater, as well. Bridgewater won’t make his pro debut in week one, but having Fusco locked up for the long-term is one less thing Bridgewater and the rest of the Vikings have to worry about when they try to get better as they move forward.
Just 26 years old, the Slipper Rock product has come a long way since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Easily a diamond in the rough, Fusco can be thought as an arguable steal – both as a draft prospect and as a value on the open market.
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