Vikings decline 5th-year option on center Garrett Bradbury | Health and fitness

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EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings declined center Garrett Bradbury’s fifth-year option on Monday, sending their 2019 first-round pick into the final season of his rookie contract.

Bradbury has made 45 starts for the Vikings in the three years since being taken with the 18th overall selection from North Carolina State. He missed two games in 2021 with COVID-19 and lost his starting spot to Mason Cole for two games thereafter, until Cole moved to right guard and Bradbury returned to the lineup.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Bradbury has struggled to protect passes against bigger defensive tackles, but has the lateral mobility to be an effective zone blocker in the running game. He still has the inside lane to be the starting center in 2022. Cole signed as a free agent with Pittsburgh.

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