Minnesota Vikings Add 2 Defenders In Free Agency


It was announced yesterday that the Minnesota Vikings have signed two defensive players to one year deals.  The moves add some depth and competition at two positions of need for the team and also help strengthen the special teams unit.  Here are the two players that were picked up:

Aug 28, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals free safety Taylor Mays (26) against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Taylor Mays, Safety

  • Mays worked with current Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer during his time with the Cincinnati Bengals.  He’s a physical player who is very athletic, but hasn’t quite been able to put it all together yet.  He has played in 66 games and started 10 of those during his 5 year career.  He’ll be a solid addition to special teams with hopes of being able to move up the depth chart at safety.

Oct 26, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews (50) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Casey Matthews, Linebacker

  • Matthews played every linebacker position for the Eagles during his 4 year stay there prior to Minnesota signing him.  During that time, he has played in 64 games, starting 16 of those.  He is the brother of Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews Jr. and the 6th member of his family to be an NFL player.  He’ll compete for some of the spots at linebacker during training camp.

We at The Viking Age would like to congratulate Casey Matthews and Taylor Mays on joining the Minnesota Vikings and wish them the best of luck on their futures with the team.

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