Vikings Sign Ryan Moats. Backfield Somewhat Crowded.

While Adrian Peterson was busy soaking up the love in his hometown of Palestine, Texas this weekend, the Vikings were hard at work trying to bolster their somewhat inexperienced running back corps. And today their efforts paid off with the signing of former Houston Texans back Ryan Moats.

Moats joins a mix that already includes the veteran star Peterson, rookie Toby Gerhart, little-used Albert Young, a converted wide receiver in Darius Reynaud and practice squadder Ian Johnson.

Did I mention that Moats was with the Eagles in 2005 when Brad Childress was still their offensive coordinator?

Clearly, Chilly was not 100% comfortable with his choices at running back. Beyond Peterson, the most accomplished NFL back was Young, with a whopping 12 career carries. Moats, on the other hand, has racked up 204 career rushes, including 101 as the primary back-up last year with Houston.

So, chalk this one up to Chilly wanting to buy himself some peace-of-mind, with Chester Taylor gone, Adrian Peterson acting up and a whole bunch of unproven talent filling the remaining backfield spots.

Tags: Adrian Peterson Albert Young Brad Childress Chester Taylor Darius Reynaud Ian Johnson Minnesota Vikings Ryan Moats Toby Gerhart