Friday, December 15, 2017

Jose Valdez

Rick Spielman continues to tool around with the bottom of his roster, hoping the depth moves will provide adequate competition in training camp.

On Tuesday, the team signed defensive end Nick Reed (24 years old) is 6’ 1” and 248 pounds.  He played in 16 games as a rookie in 2009 with the Seahawks where he totaled 17 tackles, a sack, two batted passes, and two fumble recoveries (one of which he returned for a touchdown).

Reed was out of the game in 2010 but returned last season and spent time with the Bears and the Bucs, having a minimal impact.  The Oregon product seems like a guy capable of turning some heads in camp, as he has been productive in the past, and fits the mold of the type of player Spielman is seeking out these days.

Harvard offensive tackle Kevin Murphy (22 years old) stands at a massive 6’ 7” and 295 pounds.  The 49ers picked him up as an undrafted free agent in April but they waived him earlier this week, and the Vikings claimed him off of waivers.

Murphy is likely not the last time the Vikings utilize the waiver system in an attempt to upgrade their roster.  Remember, they get the third priority because of their 3-13 record in 2011, so only the Colts and the Rams will have a higher priority.

The Vikings waived offensive lineman Jose Valdez and another yet-to-be-named player to keep their roster size at 90.  As soon as we know the other player that was waived, we will be sure to pass that along.

[UPDATE:  It turns out that the second player cut was defensive end Kevin Cyrille who signed with the team in April as an undrafted free agent out of Florida Atlantic.]

Rick Spielman spent Wednesday discussing his plans to make the Vikings roster younger in age, and he also signed a couple of guys of the street that fit that description.

The Vikings signed offensive tackle Jose Valdez (6’ 5” – 315) who went undrafted in 2009.  He has spent some time since then on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad, so it would be seem likely that Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave had some input with this signing.

They also signed tight end Daniel Hardy (6’ 4” – 249) who was a seventh round selection for Tampa Bay last year, who broke his arm while playing for Idaho his senior season.  Hardy didn’t make it past the final cuts in Tampa, and spent some time on the New Orleans practice squad.

Both players were signed to futures contracts.

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