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Buffalo Bills claim former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman

A former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman didn’t make it to free agency, instead being claimed on waivers.

Former Minnesota Vikings defensive linemen Scott Crichton never made it to the completely open market, being claimed by the Buffalo Bills on Monday after the Vikings waived him Friday.

Crichton was a 2014 third-round draft pick, but after the Vikings signed defensive end Brian Robison to a one-year extension and added depth on the defensive line in free agency with the addition of free agent Datone Jones, the line was getting crowded and Crichton hadn’t done much for the Vikings.

Crichton struggled to stay healthy during his three years in Minnesota, being placed on injured reserve last Aug. 31 after he was waived/injured and not claimed by any teams.

He also ended the 2015 season on injured reserve after suffering a concussion in December. In the 13 games he played in 2015, he recorded nine tackles on defense and five on special teams. 

Crichton was hoping to show some versatility on the defensive line, playing both end and tackle, but in Minnesota injuries and a lack of opportunities derailed his career.

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