Vikings Sign DE Wiley

The Vikings gave themselves even more depth on the defensive front by signing free agent Chuck Wiley Thursday.

When asking around the front office of Winter Park, you'll hear that the Vikings need help at nose tackle, not so much at defensive end.

However, it hasn't stopped the Vikings' spending efforts in that regard. After signing Talance Sawyer to a tendered offer, re-signing Lance Johnstone and acquiring Kenny Mixon and Lorenzo Bromell in free agency, the Vikings made yet another defensive end signing Thursday.

The Vikings added five-year veteran Chuck Wiley, a player the team considered drafting before he went in the third round of the 1998 draft to Carolina.

Wiley spent two years with Carolina and the last two season with Atlanta, where he backed up DE Patrick Kerney.

No terms of the contract were released.

* Former Viking Travis Prentice was claimed off waivers by the Houston Texans.
* Victor Green, a free agent safety from the Jets, is expected to visit Winter Park Monday or Tuesday to talk about the team's opening at the safety spots.
* Former Viking Duane Clemons is sitting out minicamp for the Chiefs, still nursing a surgically repaired knee.
* The Vikings' chance of purusing Marcus Robinson after June 1 took a hit when the Bears and Robinson agreed this week to reduce his base salary by more than $1 million a year -- all but assuring he'll stay with Chicago.

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