EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings and interior offensive lineman Austin Schlottmann have agreed to terms on a deal, the team announced Friday.
Schlottmann first joined Minnesota during free agency in 2022. He played in 16 games — mostly on special teams — and made four starts at center while Garrett Bradbury was out with a back injury.
After handling two snaps at Washington and one against Dallas, Schlottmann started each game from Week 14-17, which included Minnesota's historic comeback victory over Indianapolis to secure the NFC North and the Vikings walk-off victory against the Giants.
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Schlottmann began his career in Denver as an undrafted free agent out of TCU. While with the Broncos, the Texas native overlapped with Vikings offensive line coach Chris Kuper and assistant offensive line coach Justin Rascati.
Schlottmann and Chris Reed worked at center and guard spots during training camp last season. Schlottmann suffered a season-ending injury at Green Bay in Week 17, and Reed started in Week 18 before Bradbury returned for Minnesota's Wild Card playoff game.
The Vikings reached a deal this week to return Bradbury, who has started all 57 games he's played at center. Reed was already under contract for 2023.