Vikings Sign Three

With more money than anyone else to spend in free agency, the Vikings got started by adding three new players Saturday.

The Vikings have signed three players to free agent contracts in the first full day of free agency, adding kicker Ryan Longwell, linebacker Ben Leber and running back Chester Taylor.

Longwell, who has spent his entire pro career with the Packers, is one of the most accurate kickers in league history. While his kickoffs have been suspect in recent years, his ability to make field goals in bad weather conditions is a plus, and taking him away from the Pack is viewed as addition by subtraction as well.

Leber, who lost his starting job to Shawne Merriman in San Diego last year, is familiar to new Vikings vice president of player personnel Fran Foley and is viewed as a solid fit in the Vikings' new Tampa 2 defense.

Taylor, also a fourth-year player, spent most of his career playing behind Jamal Lewis. It is expected that he will get an opportunity to be the Vikings starter, since he's a strong north-south runner and is a solid receiver -- a must in the West Coast Offense the Vikings are implementing.

In other news, there has been no announcement of a trade of Daunte Culpepper, although two key members of the Viking secondary have moved on. Corey Chavous signed a five-year deal to reunite with Scott Linehan in St. Louis and Brian Williams will be back in contact with Mike Tice after signing a six-year deal with the Jaguars.

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