This is not an April Fools joke.
The Minnesota Vikings have signed a capable manager who can play the guard.
Indianapolis Colts veteran Chris Reed agreed to the terms of a two-year contract on April 1, Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson reports.
Adam Thielen, who played with Reed at Minnesota State, Mankato, tweeted “Skol Mavs!! Letsssss gooooo,” when the Vikings announced they had reached an agreement on a contract with Reed.
Reed was seen as another body in the competition for the starting right guard but also played center stage last season during his eight-year career.
Reed plays backhand as a Maverick and has tracked the Americans 11 times, winning the NCAA Division II title twice in the outdoor pitch. He started 29 games and made 61 NFL appearances with the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Colts.
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Reed is well respected in Indy
Standing 6 feet-5 and 314 pounds, Reed is a convertible left-hander who can play anywhere on the inside attack. Reed signed with the Jaguars as an untrained free agent in 2015 and spent four seasons in Jacksonville before splitting a season in Miami and Carolina.
With the Colts, Reed proved to be a reliable backstop, starting six games up front for Indianapolis, helping Jonathan Taylor to lead the rushing league in 2021.
Reed ranked 39th out of 88 rated bodyguards who played at least 20% of the attacks by Pro Football Focus last season.
The Locked On Colts Podcast called Reed “super underrated” after seeing him play for just a year in Indianapolis.
“Minnesota has a plug-and-play guard that you don’t have to worry about. As one of #Colts’ most consistent queuers last season, ‘Locked On Colts tweeted.
Colts offensive coordinator Marcus Brady praised Reed for filling in one of the NFL’s best defenders in Quentin Nelson, who was injured last season.
“He’s been absolutely perfect for us,” Brady told Indy Star. “When you were watching the movie, you didn’t want to notice his offensive line, and we didn’t perceive him in a negative way. … He’s solid in the running game, solid in the defense. Belonging to the body. He is exactly what we needed.”
After impressing as Nelson’s replacement mid-season, Reed earned a rotating role with right guard Mark Glowinski. Glowinski signed a three-year, $20 million deal with the New York Giants, which would likely shorten the contract Reed agreed to in Minnesota.
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Reed can complete the attack line
Reed becomes the third veteran to add to the offensive line this season. Former Miami Dolphins security guard Jesse Davis is also looking to compete for the right guard position.
But depending on how the season plays out, Reed could overtake Davis for a suitable guard or potentially compete for starting center with Garrett Bradbury.
Bradbury, the 2019 first-round pick, has struggled in recent years and hasn’t shown an upward trajectory in his career. The presence of competition in Reed creates a win-win situation in Minnesota, where hopes can make the most of Bradbury, who placed 38th out of 40 centers ranked by the PFF last season, or find a replacement.
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