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Garrett Bradbury & Vikings Agree to Terms; Center to Remain in Minnesota

C Garrett Bradbury
C Garrett Bradbury

EAGAN, Minn. – Garrett Bradbury will remain a Viking.

Minnesota agreed to terms with the center Tuesday, the team announced a day before free agency.

The 2023 season will mark Bradbury's fifth in Purple after being drafted 18th overall by the Vikings in 2019.

Bradbury did well in a new offense last season, starting all 12 regular-season games he played. He missed five games with a back injury. Analytics site Pro Football Focus highlighted a jump in performance for Bradbury, who received an overall PFF grade of 60.2 in 2021 and 70.2 in 2022.

View the best photos of Vikings C Garrett Bradbury from the 2022 season.

"I think just as a unit, everything was clicking a little better. I had more reps with Ezra [Cleveland] and Ed [Ingram] grew so much throughout the year, and we just had a good time playing together," Bradbury said in January. "I'd like to think we're a physical group, and I love how each of us play the game. I know how Brian [O'Neill] and [Christian Darrisaw] approach the game and the effort they attack the game with. It's just an awesome group to be around."

Bradbury played 809 offensive snaps last season and allowed just two sacks of quarterback Kirk Cousins, who has on multiple occasions expressed confidence in the 27-year-old.

When the Vikings hired Kevin O'Connell last spring as the team's 10th head coach in franchise history, O'Connell emphasized his belief that Bradbury "has a lot of great football ahead of him." Tuesday's agreement backs up O'Connell's trust in the starting center.

When asked following the season if Bradbury hoped to remain in Minnesota, there was no hesitation.

"I'd love to be here; I love this locker room; I love these coaches. The culture that's put in place here," Bradbury said. "I love the offensive line room; those guys are awesome. I love playing with them; love hanging out with them; love joking with them, messing with them. It's awesome."