Ex-Vikings Make the NFL Rounds

Several ex-Vikings and offseason participants were trying to catch hold with different teams around the league earlier this week. We've got updates on eight such cases.

Several ex-Vikings were making the rounds through the NFL employment lines earlier this week.

Cornerback Dovonte Edwards, a surprise release during the team's roster cutdown to 53 players, was picked up by the New York Giants but then was released after only one week on their roster. On Tuesday, he was visiting with the St. Louis Rams and former Vikings coach Scott Linehan. Edwards spent last season on the team's injured reserve list after breaking his arm in a preseason game.

As an undrafted rookie in 2005, he was best known for an interception of Brett Favre that he returned 51 yards for a touchdown. He also added 16 special teams tackles in his rookie season with the Vikings.

Safety Greg Blue was another mildly surprising release on the Vikings' final roster cutdown earlier this month. As a rookie last season, Blue played in all 16 games and started two of them while Dwight Smith was benched for disciplinary reasons. Blue also had eight special teams tackles last year. The fifth-round draft pick of the Vikings in 2005 was in Detroit for a workout with the Lions on Tuesday.

Defensive back Dustin Fox, a third-round choice of the Vikings in 2005 who spent his rookie season on injured reserve and never did make the roster in 2006, has traveled around the league since then. He was busy with a tryout for the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this week after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wide receiver Cortez Hankton, who spent the offseason and preseason with the Vikings after four seasons in Jacksonville, had a tryout with the Houston Texans on Tuesday. The Texans have ruled starting wide receiver Andre Johnson out of action for this weekend. Hankton, who has 34 career receptions with the Jaguars, didn't register in any catches for the Vikings this preseason.

Former Vikings tight ends Richard Angulo and Jermaine Wiggins each worked out for the Tennessee Titans this week.

Wiggins spent 2004 through 2006 with the Minnesota Vikings, and those were easily the most productive seasons of his nine-year career, During that span, he had 186 catches for 1,659 yards, but he was allowed to sign with Jacksonville when the Vikings let him reach free agency in March. But Jacksonville released him before the season began and he is surprisingly still looking for work.

Angulo was also with the Vikings from parts of 2003 to 2006, playing in two games during that period. He played in six games with the St. Louis Rams in 2003 as well.

Wide receiver Kevin Kasper, who spent an offseason with the Vikings, was given a workout by the Cleveland Browns, Kasper also spent time with the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, starting 10 of the 39 games he played in since 2001.

Another former offseason Viking is quarterback Jason Fife, who was given a workout by the San Francisco 49ers. He has bounced around the league trying to catch on with a team and spent one game active with the New Orleans Saints in 2006.


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