Last year, the Vikings mourned their lost season during the closing weeks by pillaging the practice squads of other teams and adding players to their roster.
This year the end came even sooner and the funeral procession again is marked by a flurry of low level roster moves.
On Tuesday, the Vikings added safety Jarrad Page, safety Andrew Sendejo, wide receiver Stephen Burton, and long snapper Matt Katula to their 53 man roster. Room was created on the roster by placing receiver Michael Jenkins, safety Tyrell Johnson, safety Husain Abdullah, and long snapper Cullen Loeffler on the injured reserve.
Katula’s signing, barring another injury, should ensure that Jared Allen is not again called upon to pull double duty as a long snapper this season. Burton was cut by the Vikings last week but is being brought back to his limited role in this Vikings offense.
Perhaps the most intriguing of these moves is the signing of Page. He has been a solid contributor in the past for both the Chiefs and Patriots. Last year, he missed six weeks with injury and hasn’t been the same sense as evidenced by the Eagles recently cutting him.
Page was curiously cut by the Eagles after he was named as one of many NFL players at a night club where a man was shot and killed. To date, there is nothing to suggest Page was in any way involved in the incident.
With the Vikings desperately needing some help in their secondary, both in the short and long term, it probably isn’t a bad idea to bring this guy in and see how he fits.