Vikings Ink McMahon, Williams, Scott

The Vikings signed backup quarterback Mike McMahon, strong safety Tank Williams and defensive end DeQuincy Scott on Thursday.

The Vikings announced the signings of quarterback Mike McMahon, strong safety Tank Williams and defensive end DeQuincy Scott.

According to ESPN, McMahon's two-year contract is worth $2 million, with $400,000 up front and an additional $300,000 roster bonus next year.

McMahon, a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder, enters his sixth year in the NFL after playing four years in Detroit and last year in Philadelphia. It was in Philadelphia that McMahon played for new Vikings head coach Brad Childress, who was the offensive coordinator last year for the Eagles.

"He's very detailed and he's straightforward," McMahon said of Childress. "He's not going to feed you any lines. He knows the offense inside and out. He was calling plays in preseason and at the end of the year, and I just know how dedicated he is to his work."

McMahon has 14 career starts, seven of those coming last year while filling in for an injured Donovan McNabb. In Philadelphia, he completed 45.4 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and eight interceptions with a 55.2 passer rating.

For his career, he has a 44.5 completion percentage, 15 touchdowns and 21 interceptions — a 55.1 passer rating.

McMahon was scheduled to meet with the Denver Broncos Thursday, but the Vikings' signing beat them to the punch. He is expecting to compete for the No. 2 spot in Minnesota.

Williams is a 6-foot-3, 223-pound strong safety who spent his first four years in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans after being a 2002 second-round draft pick. He has averaged 66 tackles and 1.25 interceptions per season, but he hasn't received much interest in the free agent market, possibly because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered on Nov. 14, 2004.

Williams is expected to compete with Willie Offord, who is coming off an ACL tear last year, for the starting spot at strong safety.

The Vikings had serious interest in safeties Will Demps and Dexter Jackson, who each signed with other teams last week. Demps signed a five-year contract with the Giants and Jackson signed a four-year deal with the Bengals.

Scott is a rush end that has also played some defensive tackle and outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. At 6-foot-1 and 260 pounds, he would fill the role that Lance Johnstone had in previous seasons and be a younger option there.

In four years with the San Diego Chargers, Scott has 14.5 sacks, but hasn't ever been more than a rotational, situational player. With the Vikings, he likely would get the opportunity to take regular snaps on third downs. In 2003, he had a career-best 6.5 sacks, getting sacks in five games. He has started only one game in his career.

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