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This isn’t nearly as sexy as the early Mike Wallace and Martellus Bennett signings, because offensive lineman inherently aren’t sexy. Unless that’s your thing.

But the Vikings retaining tackle Phil Loadholt is still a pretty damn big deal, especially for the safety of Christian Ponder, and the continued success of Adrian Peterson. That happened in the early minutes of free agency, with ESPN 1500′s Tom Pelissero reporting that Loadholt is staying with the Vikings on a multi-year deal.

This thins out a tackle market that was already top heavy, and led by Loadholt and Jake Long. Now teams like the Bears who are looking for tackle help may have to overpay for either Long or Andre Smith — though Long’s price could be declining — or dip into the second tier of Jermon Bushrod, Eric Winston, Sam Baker, and Sebastian Vollmer.