Offensive lineman Joe Berger (left) and quarterback Shaun Hill signed two-year contracts with the Vikings on Tuesday.
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In the opening minutes of free agency, the Minnesota Vikings brought back a valuable offensive lineman and added a backup quarterback.
Joe Berger, 32, agreed to terms to return to Minnesota on a two-year contract, his agent, Thomas Tafelski, told FOXSportsNorth.com. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, though it does include performance bonuses.
Minutes later, the Vikings agreed to terms with quarterback Shaun Hill on a two-year contract.
Berger was set to become an unrestricted free agent. The versatile offensive lineman started nine games last season for the Vikings at guard. Berger has played guard and center in four seasons with Minnesota as a valuable backup, and he’s started 18 games for the Vikings.
A 10-year veteran, Berger could factor in as Minnesota looks for a starting left guard. The team released incumbent Charlie Johnson. David Yankey, a fifth-round pick last year, didn’t see any playing time as a rookie. Vladimir Ducasse is an unrestricted free agent.
Hill, 35, spent last season with the St. Louis Rams and started eight games in place of Sam Bradford. He completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 1,657 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions while compiling an 83.9 quarterback rating.
Hill was brought in to back up Teddy Bridgewater, who will be going into his second year in the NFL after establishing himself as the Vikings’ future at the position. Minnesota traded backup Matt Cassel to the Buffalo Bills last week.
Hill returns to the team which gave him his start in the NFL. As an undrafted rookie out of Maryland, Hill signed with the Vikings. Over four seasons with the team, he saw action in one game with two kneeldowns. Previous to playing in St. Louis, Hill spent four years in the division with the Detroit Lions.
The Vikings also announced they re-signed restricted free-agent running back Matt Asiata, as reported Monday by FOXSportsNorth.com.