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Marcus Sherels to re-sign with Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are getting their punt returner back after Marcus Sherels agreed to terms on Friday.

Marcus Sherels took a free-agent visit to the New York Jets on Thursday, but in the end he decided to stick to his Minnesota roots.

Sherels plans to sign a two-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, he told the Pioneer Press.

Sherels, a Rochester, Minn. native, and University of Minnesota product set the Vikings record in 2015 with his third career punt return for a touchdown. Only Darren Sproles (four) has more since 2012. Sherels averages 11.4 yards per return in the last three years, best in the league during that span, and has a 10.2-yard average for his career, second in Vikings history. He also has five returns of 50 yards or more.

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Last year, Sherels averaged 9.1 yards per return and was tied for fifth on the team with eight tackles on special teams.

Sherels was named the Week 8 special-teams player of the week after returning a punt 65 yards for a touchdown in Chicago and averaging 25.7 yards on three returns. He also led the Vikings with two special teams tackles in that game.

In Week 1, Sherels returned a blocked field goal attempt 44 yards, the second-longest in team history.

 


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