The Vikings announced Wednesday that they have terminated the contract of right guard Josh Kline, who joined the team as a free agent last year.
Kline, 30, will count $4.4 million in dead money on the salary cap in 2020 and account for only $1.6 million in cap savings. Kline signed a three-year, $15.75 million contract with the Vikings in 2019 after three seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He played in 13 regular-season games last season, missing three because of injury.
The #Vikings have terminated the contract of G Josh Kline.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 18, 2020
NOSE TACKLE JOINING VIKINGS
The Vikings reportedly agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with nose tackle Michael Pierce. Pierce will be the replacement for Linval Joseph, who is headed to the Chargers.
Pierce, 27, was signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2016 out of Samford and started 30 of the 60 games in which he played over the past four seasons. He had 151 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, 13 quarterback hits and four fumble recoveries in his time with the Ravens. Last season, he started all 14 games in which he played.
— Michael Pierce (@mikepierce_97) March 19, 2020
Pierce’s agreement wasn’t made official by the Vikings as the announcement of free agent signings will be delayed until physical exams are completed. Those have been put on hold because free agents aren’t allowed to travel to meet with teams due to the coronavirus pandemic.
SUBSCRIBE on YouTube for more Vikings content every day of the week. You can also subscribe to the Purple Daily podcast on Apple or Spotify.
Click here to download the SKOR North app from the Apple app store or Google Play store.
JOSEPH JOINS CHARGERS
The Vikings released Joseph last week in an attempt to clear salary cap space. On Wednesday, the veteran defensive tackle found a new home when he reportedly agreed to a two-year, $17 million contract with the Los Angeles Chargers that includes $2 million in incentives.
Joseph spent the past six seasons with the Vikings after beginning his career with the New York Giants in 2010. Joseph was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017 but was limited to 13 games last season. He did record three sacks and forced a fumble.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 18, 2020
SEAN MANNION TO RETURN
Sean Mannion will return as Kirk Cousins’ backup in 2020 after agreeing to a one-year contract with the Vikings, according to Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune. Mannion played in three games last season and started one, the Vikings’ regular-season finale against the Bears. Minnesota had locked into its playoff spot by that point so the game was meaningless. Mannion spent his first four seasons with the Rams after playing college football at Oregon State.
Source said the Vikings are bringing back Sean Mannion on a new deal to back up Kirk Cousins.
— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingStrib) March 18, 2020