Vikings lose Kalil, reportedly snag Reiff

Published 8:53 am Friday, March 10, 2017

The Minnesota Vikings forged into free agency with the offensive line as a primary focus.

Bringing in more blockers will be a priority all the way through the draft.

After letting left tackle Matt Kalil leave for Carolina on a whopping five-year contract worth as much as $55.5 million including $25 million guaranteed, the Vikings according to multiple reports reached an agreement on a deal for his replacement, Riley Reiff.

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The Vikings didn’t announce any signings on Thursday when the market opened, but Reiff is the type of experienced, hard-nosed player who can immediately upgrade a group that collectively struggled throughout an 8-8 season in 2016.

Drafted in the first round with the 23rd pick by the Lions out of Iowa in 2012, Reiff played in 78 of a possible 82 games including the playoffs.

The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Reiff began his pro career as a left tackle and moved to right tackle last year after the Lions drafted Taylor Decker in the first round.