ikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsNFL Free AgencyMinnesota Vikings Free Agency 2019Minnesota Vikings Free Agency Report: Josh Kline to sign with VikingsNew Paul Krause Jersey ,432commentsHABEMUS GUARD!CDTShareTweetShareShareMinnesota Vikings Free Agency Report: Josh Kline to sign with VikingsMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsUPDATE: Further clarification of Kline’s contract from Courtney Cronin.One of the big ‘to do’ things on Rick Spielman’s free agency list (insert a ‘your mom’ joke here) was to sign at least one offensive lineman.FINALLY, that appears to have happened:How they came up with that kind of cabbage, I don’t know. After losing out on the Tom Compton and Nick Easton sweepstakes, the Vikings set their sites on Josh Kline. After arriving in Minneapolis last night, Vikings media went on ‘Manny’s Watch’, and the steakhouse delivered once again.Kline has had an up and down career, but gives the Vikings a solid veteran presence on the offensive line. PFF had him listed as one of the better guards in the NFL in 2017, and had a pretty decent career in six years with New England and then Tennessee, but his play slipped last season, making him a bargain for Minnesota.Obviously, the Vikes hope he reverts to his 2017 or earlier form, and getting him for cheap could turn out to be a great deal in the long run. With rumors that the Vikes are looking at other offensive linemen Fran Tarkenton Jersey , Kline is the first, but may not be the last, free agent they sign. And with his signing, Minnesota has now doubled the amount of guards on the roster. WOO HOO, YAY GUARDS!So, the Vikings have signed someone for the offensive line. Do we like the signing, or no? The Minnesota Vikings will show off their shiny new quarterback in the season opener, formally turning over the on-field leadership of a team built for Super Bowl contention to Kirk Cousins and his fully guaranteed $84 million contract.The player directly in front of Cousins, his importance not to be understated, will likely be making his debut with the Vikings at the same time. Brett Jones has been in Minnesota for less than two weeks, but he's on track to start at center Sunday when the Vikings host the San Francisco 49ers. He'll have as much on his plate as anyone wearing purple."Kirk's an excellent communicator. He wants things done a certain way, and you've got to be able to try to the best of your ability to try to emulate what he wants Brett Favre Jersey ," Jones said. "Anytime there's a new center, you want to try to have consistency, so I'm just doing what I'm told and making sure we're all on the same page so whoever's in there can adjust and play well so the Vikings can have success."Pat Elflein, who performed relatively well as a rookie, just began practicing with the team this week. The Vikings have lost their primary starting guards from last year, Nick Easton to injury and Joe Berger to retirement. So, for all the enhancements the Vikings have made to a roster they reached the NFC championship game with last winter, the offensive line lost more than it gained over the offseason."It's not ideal, but it is what it is," Cousins said. "We're not going to dwell on what we can't control. We're going to focus on what we have and making the best out of it, and I'm excited to build a rapport with Jones and the rest of the O-line so that hopefully we can develop a continuity as the season goes on."Elflein wore a helmet and full pads at practice Wednesday, but he was listed as a limited participant on the injury report. Considering Elflein was just removed from the physically unable to perform list four days prior Adam Thielen Jersey , coming off ankle and shoulder surgeries earlier in the year, the chance of him being cleared to play against the 49ers is slim. That leaves Jones, who was acquired in a trade on Aug. 26 with the New York Giants , in the center of attention."We're going to coach him all week and then he's going to play center in the NFL like he's done for a lot of games already," Cousins said.While there's some justifiable concern about using a center who's never snapped the ball to Cousins in a game setting, the chemistry between Jones and the guards and tackles on either side of him is probably even more critical."Each person relies on the other person," Jones said. "If one person does one thing bad on offense, it's a glaring tackle in the hole for a loss. If one guy does something bad on defense, you might have a backer or a safety or somebody come down and cover you. On offense, one mistake can be a big mistake."Danny Isidora, who started one game at left guard as an injury replacement for Easton last season as a rookie, has also been taking turns at center. Coach Mike Zimmer said recently he thinks that might actually be Isidora's natural position."He stays in balance pretty well there. He keeps his hips square. He's got some power on the double teams Stefon Diggs Jersey ," Zimmer said.NOTES: Cousins was chosen this week as one of six team captains for the season, with left tackle Riley Reiff, tight end Kyle Rudolph, defensive tackle Linval Joseph, defensive end Everson Griffen, and linebacker Anthony Barr. ... Cornerback Mackensie Alexander, in line to be the primary slot man in the nickel package, did not practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes (hamstring) and Reiff (foot) were listed as limited participants.