On Friday the Vikings saw RB Chester Taylor dart Minnesota for division rival Chicago to sign a 4-year, $12.5 million contract. On Saturday, another unrestricted free agent (UFA) on the Vikings roster – OL Artis Hicks – decided to pick up and join another team.
Hicks, an 8-year veteran, signed a 3-year contract with the Washington Redskins this past weekend. He is the 2nd UFA to leave Minnesota this offseason, which means the Vikings are permitted to sign 2 UFAs.
After spending the first 4 years of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, Hicks came to the Vikings in 2006. That season was head coach Brad Childress’ first in Minnesota and he swung a trade to bring the versatile lineman with him to the Vikings. Hicks can play guard and tackle on both sides of the line.
Hicks played and started 14 games in ’06 with the Vikings and logged 27 starts in 56 games overall while in Minnesota. In Philadelphia, Hicks played in 38 games with 31 starts and was an important part of the Eagles team that advanced to Super Bowl XXXIX.
Having played in West Coast offenses his whole career, Hicks’ decision to join the Redskins makes sense. New head coach Mike Shanahan also employs the West Coast offense and is making over the Redskins offensive line. In Washington, Hicks will be on a team with a familiar offense and he’ll also be in line for a regular starting spot, something he wouldn’t have had in Minnesota.
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