The Minnesota Vikings are desperate for help at the tackle position and are calling upon a former No. 1 overall pick to fill the void.
The Vikings are expected to sign tackle Jake Long, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Long worked out for the team on Monday.
The four-time Pro Bowl lineman certainly isn’t in his prime at 31 years old and last played with the Atlanta Falcons. His arrival to Minnesota comes after the Vikings announced right tackle Andre Smith would be placed on injured reserve and will undergo surgery for a triceps injury.
The eighth-year lineman was taken No. 1 overall by the Miami Dolphins in the 2008 NFL Draft. He is the second No. 1 overall pick acquired by the Vikings to fill a hole this season. Minnesota traded for quarterback Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, to replace the injured Teddy Bridgewater.
At 5-0, the Vikings have played themselves into a position where they are all in on this season. Amazingly, Minnesota is in terrific position despite the slew of long-term injuries at key positions. The Vikings have lost Smith, Bridgewater, running back Adrian Peterson and left tackle Matt Kalil at various points of the season.