EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings are focused on keeping together the offensive line that helped MVP running back Adrian Peterson run for more than 2,000 yards.
The team did just that less than an hour before free agency opened Tuesday by agreeing to terms with right tackle Phil Loadholt, according to multiple reports. Loadholt, 27, was an unrestricted free agent and minutes away from being open to the entire league. Terms of the deal have not been reported.
The Vikings had talked openly since the season ended in January about re-signing Loadholt and keeping the continuity along their offensive line with left tackle Matt Kalil, left guard Charlie Johnson, center John Sullivan and right guard Brandon Fusco. Behind the line, Minnesota was second in the league in rushing, and the Vikings allowed the 11th-fewest sacks in the league.
Loadholt was a 2009 second-round draft choice out of Oklahoma and has started every game of his career for Minnesota, missing only one game in his ...