EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Thursday announced the signing of guard Tom Compton, a native of nearby Rosemount.
Compton returns home after appearing in 11 games and making five starts for Chicago in 2017, including the regular-season finale against Minnesota at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Compton started Weeks 1 and 2 at left guard for the Bears and Weeks 14, 15 and 17 at right guard. He was assessed two sacks and one penalty.
In 2016, Compton appeared in every game for the Atlanta Falcons, including Super Bowl LI.
A sixth-round selection in 2012 (193rd overall pick), Compton also teamed with new Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins in Washington for four seasons. After not seeing action as a rookie, Compton appeared in 44 regular-season games and made 10 starts for the Redskins from 2013-15, helping Washington win the NFC East in 2015.
Cousins became the Redskins starter that season and threw for 4,166 yards with 29 touchdowns and a passer rating of 101.6.
Compton also helped as an extra blocker on run plays, particularly in a 2013 game against San Diego when Darrell Young scored three rushing touchdowns.
After starting at Rosemount High in his final two seasons — a time that included a state section title and appearance in the state semifinal at the Metrodome — Compton attended the University of South Dakota.
He started 43 consecutive games for the Coyotes from 2008-11. Compton was named to the All-Great West Conference First Team after the 2010 and 2011 seasons and the team's Most Valuable Lineman in 2010.
View images of Vikings new offensive lineman Tom Compton from his days with the Chicago Bears, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Washington Redskins.