Minnesota Vikings sign TE Chase Ford to the practice squad
By Adam Carlson
Tight end Chase Ford has cleared waivers and will return to the Minnesota Vikings as a member of the team’s practice squad.
Recently, the Minnesota Vikings were faced with a tough roster decision. Cornerback Josh Robinson was returning from a pectoral injury and the team had to either release him or activate him to the main roster. When Robinson was activated, the team had to let one player go from the main roster. That man was tight end Chase Ford.
Ford has been a solid tight end for the Vikings. He’s shown that he can be a capable pass catcher as well as a willing blocker. When the news struck that he had been cut, much of the Minnesota Vikings fan base were worried that it would be the last that we’ve seen of him, as Ford would be able to be claimed on waivers by any NFL team looking for a tight end.
Aug 9, 2015; Canton, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Chase Ford (86) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Luckily for the team, Chase Ford cleared waivers according to his agent and has been signed to the practice squad. Here is what Vince Taylor, Ford’s agent, had to say according to an article on the Pioneer Press:
"“He’s happy. He thinks they’ve got something special going there.”"
Chase Ford has played in 20 games for the Minnesota Vikings, starting five of those. In those games, he’s caught 34 passes for 391 yards and scored one touchdown. Ford isn’t safe on the practice squad though, as another team can offer him a contract to their main roster. At that point, Ford and his agent can decide whether or not to accept the offer.