Tight end Rhett Ellison is returning to the Minnesota Vikings, signing a contract with the team on Tuesday despite suffering a torn patellar tendon that is likely to keep him out of all of the Vikings’ offseason workouts until training camp. According to NFL Media, the contract is only a one-year deal worth $2.25 million.
Last year, Ellison caught 11 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown, but his main value comes in the blocking game.
He has played in 58 games, including 35 starts, during his first four seasons in Minnesota. Over those four years, he has recorded 42 receptions for 458 yards and three touchdowns.
He is also a value part of their special teams, both as a protector and coverage man, recording 25 special teams tackles in his NFL career.
Ellison was originally a fourth-round draft choice (128th overall) of the Vikings in 2012.