Vikings adding guard depth with Olsen
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings added offensive line depth Tuesday, agreeing to terms of a deal with guard Seth Olsen, according to the team's Twitter account.
Olsen, 27, played the last two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, starting five games during that time. A Willmar, Minn. native, Olsen spent the 2010 season on Minnesota's practice squad, but was among the team's final cuts in 2011.
The Vikings needed to add depth to the line after losing unrestricted free agent Geoff Schwartz last week in free agency. Minnesota will return its starting offensive line intact next season with left tackle Matt Kalil, left guard Charlie Johnson, center John Sullivan, right guard Brandon Fusco and right tackle Phil Loadholt returning.
The Vikings re-signed Loadholt last week just before he was set to become an unrestricted free agent. Minnesota also re-signed Joe Berger, who can play center and guard as the main backup inside. Third-year offensive tackle DeMarcus Love is also expected back after missing the entire 2012 season because of a torn pectoral muscle. The Vikings also have offensive linemen Kevin Murphy, Troy Kropog and Tyler Holmes on the roster.
According to a report from espn1500.com, Johnson also agreed to a restructured contract on Saturday.
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