Vikings sign three more to futures contracts

The Vikings signed three defensive players to futures contracts on Monday.

The Minnesota Vikings announced the signing of three more players to future contracts on Monday, adding to the nine that were signed to that designation since the end of their 2014 season.

CB DeMarcus Van Dyke, DE Leon Mackey and DT Chigbo Anunoby were signed on Monday.

Van Dyke is the most senior player of those players, joining the Vikings after time spent with the Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs. The 2011 third-round draft choice of the Oakland Raiders has appeared in 25 career games, making four starts. All four of those starts came as a rookie with the Raiders.

Van Dyke (6-foot-1, 187 pounds) has recorded 10 tackles, one interception, four passes defensed and a fumble recovery in his NFL career. He spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons with Pittsburgh, appearing nine games, before going through training camp and preseason with Kansas City in 2014. He was a two-sport athlete at Miami (Fla.), participating in football and track. In four seasons with the Hurricanes, he played in 50 games, starting 21.

Anunoby (chi-BOO an-uh-NO-bee) entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 and spent the entire 2014 season on the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad. In 2013, the 6-foot-4, 324-pounder went through training camp and the preseason with Washington before being released during final roster cuts. He hasn’t played in an NFL game yet. He played collegiately at Morehouse College in Atlanta in 2010 and 2011, where he recorded 93 tackles, 19.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

Mackey signed his first NFL contract with the Vikings after spending the 2014 season with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League. He recorded a half sack in two regular season games with the Rattlers in 2014 before recording three sacks in the playoffs, helping the Rattlers to the ArenaBowl XXVII title. He played two years at Texas Tech after two seasons at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss. In his final season at Texas Tech, Mackey earned All-Big 12 honorable mention.

Previously signed to futures contracts were LB Justin Anderson, WR Kain Colter, QB Pat Devlin, DT Isame Faciane, WR Donte Foster, C Zac Kerin, G Jordan McCray, TE Ryan Otten and RB Dominique Williams.

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