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Trattou re-signing; halfway point reached for Minnesota Vikings re-signing their own

The return of Justin Trattou means the Vikings have re-signed more than half of their free agents.

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with veteran defensive end Justin Trattou, who has been with the team for three seasons.

“Excited and proud to say I’m signed for another year with Vikings!” Trattou posted on his Instagram account. “Time to pick up where we left off!!! #SKOL”

Trattou started his career with the New York Giants in 2011 and saw time in six games a rookie. He spent 2012 on injured reserve and played in the first five games of the 2013 season with the Giants before he was released and signed with the Vikings. He was been with the Vikings ever since.

Although he registered only one tackle on defense last year in five games played, Trattou had two interceptions and two passes defensed.

Between their unrestricted, restricted and exclusive-rights free agents, the Vikings had 17 players scheduled for free agency. The signing of Trattou puts them over the halfway market for re-signing their own, although four of their unrestricted free agents appear unlikely to return.

None of their free agents have signed with another team yet.

The Vikings entered the offseason with 14 players set to become unrestricted free agents. They agreed to terms with safety Andrew Sendejo before the start of free agency, and since then have signed five of their unrestricted free agents: OL Mike Harris, LB Audie Cole, CB Marcus Sherels, DT Kenrick Ellis and Trattou.

Eight of their unrestricted free agents remain unsigned – LB Chad Greenway, CB Terence Newman, TE Rhett Ellison, RB Matt Asiata, S Robert Blanton, CB Josh Robinson, LB Jason Trusnik and LB Casey Matthews. The last four of those seem unlikely to re-sign with the Vikings, but there has been varying levels of interest to potentially re-sign the first four.

The Vikings also tendered a qualifying offer to FB Zach Line, a restricted free agent, and re-signed exclusive-rights free agents Adam Thielen, a wide receiver, and Carter Bykowski, an offensive tackle.


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