Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman attended the NFL’s veteran combine over the weekend before heading to the owners meetings in Arizona.
Turns out, there were three players the Vikings liked enough at that sort of a second-chance combine to sign, as they announced on Thursday the re-signing of Terrell Sinkfield and the additions of WR Mitch Mathews and TE Nick Truesdell.
Sinkfield, from Minnetonka, Minn., spent the 2016 preseason with the Vikings as a wide receiver and then had 16 catches for 273 yards and three touchdowns with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. He had two previous years of experience in the CFL. But this time around with the Vikings, Sinkfield will get his chance as a cornerback. The Northern Iowa alumnus also spent time with the Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and New York Giants.
Mathews spent time on the Cleveland Browns practice squad last year after signing as a rookie free agent in 2016 with the Kansas City Chiefs. He played in 41 games for the BYU Cougars, catching 152 passes for 2,083 yards and 24 touchdowns after four years there. Mathews’ 12 touchdown receptions as a senior ranked 12th in the nation during the 2015 campaign.
Truesdell, the tight end, played in the Arena Football League from 2014 to 2016, recording 127 receptions for 1,527 yards and 38 touchdowns during his three years in that league. He has also spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, Packers, Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans between 2013 and 2016. He also played in the Indoor Football League during the 2014 season and has been trying to keep his NFL dream alive after going undrafted out of Grand Rapids Community College in 2010.