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Report: Broncos sign former Vikings’ running back Michael Boone

The veteran will compete for RB2 duties.

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Boone will help on special teams and compete for playing time.
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According to 9News’ Mike Klis the Broncos have signed former Minnesota Vikings Michael Boone. A nontendered restricted free agent, the Broncos gave Boone a two-year deal with $2.6 million guaranteed.

Boone has carried the ball 71 times for 379 yards and four touchdowns in his career after joining the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati. He stands 5’10 and weighs 206 lbs. and has spent most of his career behind Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison.

While Boone hasn’t played very much on offense, he did perform when given the opportunity. The playoff bound Vikings rested starters late in 2019 and Boone popped off for 148 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in week 16.

The move comes after the Broncos placed a right of first refusal tender on Restricted Free Agent Phillip Lindsay. Because Lindsay was an undrafted free agent this tender means any team could sign the former Colorado Buffalo to a new contract without giving up draft compensation. If the Broncos elect not to match a new offer, Lindsay is gone.

104.3 the Fan’s Cecil Lammey has reported that teams that appear interested in Lindsay’s services are the Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, and Las Vegas Raiders. Each team could use another running back and Lindsay’s skillset matches up with their offense system.

Klis has reported that if Gordon receives punishment from the league office related to his October arrest the Broncos would void his guarantees, so things could change. Barring that or another move at running back it looks like Gordon, Freeman, and Boone will tote the rock in the Pat Shurmur offense in 2021.

UPDATE: The Broncos and Phillip Lindsay “mutually part ways.”