James, Vikings Reach Agreement

After a holdout that spanned nine practice days, defensive end Erasmus James and the Vikings have reached a contract agreement.

According to Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com, the Vikings have agreed to terms with Wisconsin defensive end Erasmus James. The deal has yet to be signed and some of the details need to be worked out, but financials terms have been agreed upon.

James was the No. 18 overall pick in the 2005 draft after a college career that saw him amass 124 tackles and 18 sacks.

The Vikings were counting on James to contribute immediately as the rush end in their nickel package, but Minnesota head coach Mike Tice said last week that James' holdout might change that.

"Now he's put himself in a hole," Tice said. "It's going to be tough for me to see him do anything that will be counted on early on these next couple weeks. Now if he comes in and in that first preseason game has five sacks, he'll be starting."

Darrion Scott is the current starter at right end and is considered more of an every-down player, at least initially. James will compete with Scott and pass-rush specialist Lance Johnstone for playing time. On obvious passing downs, James and Johnstone could be the ends, with either Scott or Kenechi Udeze moving inside, flanking Kevin Williams.


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