Cornerback Chavous Signed

The Vikings added their first free agent to the defensive backfield this offseason, signing former Arizona Cardinals unrestricted free-agent cornerback Corey Chavous.

While initially concentrating on the defensive line in the earlier stages of free agency, the Vikings made a push this week to look at defensive backs and wide receivers, two other areas of need. They helped their receiving cause earlier this week with the signing of pass-catching tight end Byron Chamberlain.

Today they helped their cornerback cause, signing former Cardinal cornerback Cory Chavous. Last year was by far Chavous' most productive year of the four he spent in Arizona. He started 14 games in 2001, registering 87 tackles and led the team with 11 passes defensed. His previous high for starts was in 1998, his rookie year, when he started five games after being drafted in the second round. His previous high in tackles was in 1999, when he had 53.

Head coach Mike Tice has slated Chavous as the starting left cornerback.

Terms of the deal aren't yet known, but VU will have more information on Chavous and the deal in the next update.

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