The Vikings had told Tyrone Carter he would be offered a contract to stay with the team, but made it clear that he wasn't in their long-term plans at the end of last season.
Just how little he made a difference became evident Thursday when he signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets for the league minimum.
Carter, who fell out of favor after making some critical mistakes a year ago, was offered a similar deal from the Vikings that called for a pay cut to near veteran minimum. He balked at that idea, hoping to hold out for a little more money.
When free agency had gone on for a month-and-a-half and no offers had come forward, it looked like he might return, but the Jets, who are also looking for a return man, stepped up with a minimum offer and Carter accepted it.
* The Vikings were pleased with their tryout of punter Leo Araguz, but likely won't make any contract offer until after the draft. The Vikings are looking for a punter who can kick off in hopes of keeping Gary Anderson without using four roster spots on special teams positions -- kickoff specialist, field goal kicker, punter and long-snapper.
Jets Sign Tyrone Carter
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