VIKINGS VINE: Vikings free agency round up

The Vikings have been relatively quiet during this free agency period.


By Jordan Wright

I have already covered the biggest news so far with the trade for Mike Wallace, but there are still some interesting nuggets that you might’ve missed.

The Vikings have reached deals with three players that will come in and provide depth and competition in training camp.

The biggest signing is probably Terence Newman, a cornerback who played with Mike Zimmer when Zimmer was a defensive coordinator in Cincinnati. Newman is a two time pro bowler, but will be 37 years old this season. He was brought in on a one year contract worth $2.5 million and will compete with Captain Munnerlyn and Josh Robinson for the starting left corner position opposite Xavier Rhodes.

Another move the Vikings made was signing Taylor Mays. Mays was a second round draft pick of San Francisco in 2010. He was a three time, first team all American out of USC. Mays is a 27 years old, 6’3” 225 pound safety who is athletic enough to also play some linebacker. He has also spent time with Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati, and figures to compete with Andrew Sendejo and Robert Blanton for the starting safety spot next to Harrison Smith.

The third signing was linebacker C. Matthews. I know what you’re thinking, and no, we didn’t sign that long haired guy from Green Bay. We signed his brother Casey. Casey Mathews played the last four seasons in Philadelphia after being drafted out of Oregon in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft. He projects as a special team player, but he’s young and has potential, as evidenced by his second team all American award in 2010.

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