Vikings Make Trade
Toniu Fonoti
Toniu Fonoti

Posted Oct 18, 2005

The Vikings have traded a conditional draft pick to the San Diego Chargers in order to shore up their offensive line.

The Vikings acquired guard Toniu Fonoti from the San Diego Chargers Tuesday for a conditional sixth-round draft pick.

Fonoti had been a starter with the Chargers and was named a first-team all-pro by in 2004. He spent the 2003 season on injured reserve with a foot injury and was selected to Football Digest’s all-rookie team for 2002.

Fonoti’s injury history is eventually what caused his availability on the trade market. He injured his right hand earlier this season and had a plate and screws inserted on Sept. 20. He left the Chargers complex without permission to seek a second opinion on Sept. 29, according to a league source, and had a second operation on the hand the week of Oct. 3.

The Chargers were receiving interest from Houston, Tampa Bay, Miami, San Francisco, the New York Jets, New Orleans and the Minnesota Vikings, but the strongest interest on Tuesday, the last day to make trades in the NFL, came down to the Saints and the Vikings, according to a league source.

Fonoti has also missed the opening day of training camp twice and missed a minicamp session in its entirety.

He is expected to be available to play within the next week or two as he recovers from his second hand surgery.

Depending on his playing time with the Vikings, the conditional draft pick could slip to a seventh-rounder, according to the source. Fonoti is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2005 season.

Fonoti, 6-foot-4 and 350 pounds, was a 2002 second-round draft pick out of the University of Nebraska.

Related Stories
Chargers trade Toniu Fonoti
 -by  Oct 18, 2005
Fonoti a Short-Term Fix?
 -by  Oct 19, 2005
NFL Trade Analysis
 -by  Oct 19, 2005

Subscribe today and get a full year of Viking Update Magazine with an annual Total Access Pass.
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
OG Toniu Fonoti (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Football > El Camino HS > Alumni
Football > Minnesota
Football > Nebraska > Alumni
[View My HotList]