Vikings Get DT Killings

Head coach Mike Tice said he would go to training camp with a ton of competition on the defensive line. After a signing today, that word holds true.

The Vikings today added two-year veteran defensive tackle Cedric Killings to their extensive roster of defensive linemen. Killings signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $375,000 for players with two years of experience. There was no signing bonus.

Killings, 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds, played in 14 games for San Francisco in 2000 and registered three sacks as an undrafted rookie free agent. He split time between Cleveland and Carolina last year, playing in four games.

"He's a good pass rusher," Killings' agent, Brett J. Tessler, told VU. "He had an excellent rookie year [with the 49ers], but they were in a lot of cap trouble after that year, so they basically had to release anybody who was a backup making more than the rookie minimum."

Tessler said Killings passed up other opportunities to sign with NFL teams earlier this offseason because he wasn't sure he wanted to continue playing. With a baby on the way, Killings was considering finishing his college degree (he attended Carson-Newman). He also passed up an opportunity to play in NFL Europe this spring, Tessler said.

Vikings coach Mike Tice said he wanted to go to camp with 13 defensive linemen, including the injured Willie Howard, and Killings will compete with 10 other defensive linemen currently on the roster during training camp.

Killings started all 54 games he playing in during his college career, registering 320 tackles, 19 sacks, eight QB pressures, one interception, 11 passes defensed, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles in four years at Carson-Newman of the South Atlantic Conference.


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