The Vikings signed free agent guard Tom Compton on Thursday.
Compton, 28, is a former Rosemount High School star who most recently started five games at both left and right guard for the Bears last season. He was teammates with Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins while the two were on Washington’s roster from 2012-2015.
He’ll bring another veteran presence to an offensive line that could see competition at one spot with Joe Berger unsigned. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was open to keeping Mike Remmers, the team’s starting right tackle last season, at guard prior to free agency. Terms of Compton’s expected Vikings contract were not immediately available. He was listed at 6-foot-5 and 313 pounds in Chicago.
Compton’s 15 career starts include five at guard (2017), one as an extra tackle (2015) and nine at right tackle (2014).
The Vikings needed additional depth, at least, given the continued free agency of reserve lineman Jeremiah Sirles and Berger, last year’s starting right guard.
Fun fact: Compton has a cameo as a reporter in Sharknado 3,via the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls.