Vikings Hand RT Brian O’Neill a $92.5 Million Extension

Brian O'Neill with Pittsburgh in 2017
Brian O'Neill with Pittsburgh in 2017. Photo by Jason Pohuski/CSM/Shutterstock (9136809ck)

Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Brian O’Neill is the second-highest paid right tackle in the NFL as of today. O’Neill received a five-year, $92.5 million extension from the Vikings that will see him earn $18.5 million annually. This trails only the New Orleans Saints’ Ryan Ramczyk, who receives $19.2 annually.

The extension now locks O’Neil to the Vikings at least through the 2026 NFL season. The 2018’s second-round pick had one year left on his rookie deal before agreeing to a new contract.

“It means a lot just because they believe in me, but at the same time, it means I have to go prove it, just like I had to go prove it when they drafted me,” O’Neil told reporters after his extension became official.

Brian O’Neill claimed the starting position in the Vikings’ offensive line in Week 6 of his rookie season and never looked back. He has since started 42 games for the franchise and became a big part of the team’s success in the running game.

According to ESPN, O’Neill has been the most successful offensive lineman in 2021, having an impressive 80.5 percent run block win rate.

Vikings will need O’Neill to continue with his standout performances this year, considering their offensive line underwent a significant rebuild. Minnesota is set to enter the new season with three new O-line starters, including the right guard and left guard positions.