Vikings Sign Another Packer

Green Bay Packers defensive back Chandon Sullivan (39) celebrates a broken up pass during the second half of the 36-28 win against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. Photo by Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK Packers Rams Packers29 4906

Two in four days — the Minnesota Vikings signed another player from the Green Bay Packers, this time a cornerback named Chandon Sullivan.

On Tuesday, Za’Darius Smith joined the Vikings, too, after a last-minute change of heart with the Baltimore Ravens.

Sullivan, 25, was an undrafted free agent from the 2018 draft class, spending his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles before trekking to Green Bay for three seasons.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas (29) celebrates with defensive back Chandon Sullivan (39) after Douglas intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns during their football game Saturday, December 25, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Gpg Packers Vs Browns 12252021 0010

Sullivan is a starter, mainly used as a slot cornerback for the Packers. Spending three campaigns in Wisconsin, Sullivan played in 49 games and started 20 of those contests.

Here’s the Pro Football Focus track record:

  • 2018 = 33.3
  • 2019 = 73.1
  • 2020 = 62.2
  • 2021 = 55.0

And statistical context from VikingsTerritory’s Sean Borman:

The move makes the Vikings CB room a wee bit stronger as only Cameron Dantzler, Kris Boyd, Harrison Hand, and Parry Nickerson existed on the depth chart before Friday.

Green Bay Packers defensive back Chandon Sullivan (39) intercepts a pass against the Cleveland Browns during their football game on Saturday December 25, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Wm. Glasheen USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Apc Green Bay Packers Vs Browns 22021 122521wag

Sullivan was on the field for 77% of all Packers defensive plays in 2021 as the team finished 13-4 in the regular season, stunningly losing at home in the playoffs to the San Francisco 49ers, which feels like a quasi-annual occurrence.

While Sullivan is a much-needed starting cornerback, Minnesota will likely still target a corner in the 1st Round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

The financial terms of Sullivan’s contract were not immediately available.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. His YouTube Channel, VikesNow, debuts in March 2022. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).