Vikings Sign Another Defensive Back

The Vikings' work to shape up the lower levels of their roster took another step last week when they signed a former fifth-round pick of the New York Jets.

The Vikings signed safety Andre Maddox last week, another in a line of defensive backs signed to a reserve/future contract. Maddox is expected to be sent to NFL Europe.

Maddox was a 2005 fifth-round draft choice of the New York Jets, who had him rated that high for his special teams ability. However, in his first training camp, he suffered a knee injury that sent him to the season-ending injured-reserve list.

He returned during the 2006 offseason, practicing with a knee brace and was released in the Jets' final roster cutdown on Sept. 3. He finished the season on the team's practice squad.

At North Carolina State, Maddox started 27 of 47 games and finished with 324 tackles and eight sacks. His junior season was his best, as he led the Wolfpack with 145 tackles to earn first-team All-ACC honors in 2003.

He was a two-time All-Dade County selection at Miami Killian High School and earned second-team all-state honors as a senior.

If healthy, he could provide the Vikings with a solid special teams contributor and be considered for a role as a backup safety.

Earlier last week, the Vikings signed DB Jerron Wishom to the same sort of contract. Wishom, a second-year player out of Louisiana Tech, played in five games with the Green Bay Packers in 2005. He joined the San Francisco 49ers practice squad last month. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Houston in April 2005, Wishom was released by the Texans in September of that year.

In former Vikings news, wide receiver Ryan Hoag is expected to be assigned to NFL Europe by the Washington Redskins.

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