Former Vikings Finding Interest Around The League

The Vikings have their eight-man practice squad filled out, but several former Vikings are still searching for NFL employment. We take a spin around the league and find out who caught on with another team and who is still trying.

The Vikings filled out their eight-man practice squad with the addition of tackle Mark Wilson, a rookie out of California, on Monday. Their other seven practice-squad players are TE Richard Angulo (Western New Mexico), T Sean Bubin (Illinois), RB Adimchinobe Echemandu (California), LB Heath Farwell (San Diego State), DB Will Hunter (Syracuse), WR Chrisopher Jones (Jackson State) and guard Shannon Snell (Florida).

The Vikings also reached an injury settlement with defensive tackle Steve Martin, who was placed on injured reserve during the final roster cutdown on Saturday. Martin is now free to negotiate with other teams.

Tight end Sean Berton, who played 14 games with the Vikings last year before being released on Saturday, has signed with the New York Giants. The third-year pro from North Carolina State had one catch in the preseason, but his main role was as a blocking tight end/H-back. Berton caught nine passes for 78 yards last season. He played in all 16 games as a rookie in 2003.

The Giants also signed running back Chad Morton, whom the Vikings were considering earlier in the summer as a punt returner.

Offensive lineman Lewis Kelly, a seventh-round pick of the Vikings in 2000, was signed to the Giants' practice squad. Kelly was with the Vikings until his release last August. His wife and unborn child died a couple weeks before the 2002 season opener and Vikings coach Mike Tice said he didn't know if Kelly's heart was still in football two years later.

The Jacksonville Jaguars released former Vikings punter Eddie Johnson, who spent most of 2003 with the Vikings after being drafted in the sixth round.

Defensive back Deandre Eiland, a 2004 sixth-round pick of the Vikings, was added to the Miami Dolphins' practice squad.

Kicker Todd France, who was in training camp with the Vikings several years ago, had a tryout with Baltimore.

Offensive lineman William Obeng, who was released from the Vikings in August, also had a tryout with the Ravens.

Although he enters the season as the starting quarterback in Miami, former Viking Gus Frerotte failed to claim the job outright until the end of the preseason. Frerotte has familiarity of offensive coordinator Scott Linehan's system from having spent the past two seasons with him in Minnesota but largely failed to apply that knowledge during the preseason by completing only 45 percent of his passes and leading just one touchdown drive in four starts. Still, at this point the Dolphins might not have any better options with A.J. Feeley being demoted to a third-string role behind Sage Rosenfels, who has just one career NFL start and received snaps with only third- and fourth-string players during the preseason.



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