Vikings Agree to Terms with Fullback

Thomas Tapeh is coming back home after four years with the Philadelphia Eagles. The former Minnesota Gopher has agreed to terms on a contract with the Vikings.

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher Thomas Tapeh.

Tapeh becomes the first player to come to terms with the Vikings during the 2008 free-agent signing period.

A fifth-year pro out of St. Paul Johnson High School, Tapeh joins the Vikings after playing in all 32 regular-season games and a pair of playoff games for the Philadelphia Eagles. He started 16 of those 32 games in 2006 and 2007.

Tapeh helped open holes for Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook as he rushed for a career-best 1,333 yards in 2007 and 1,217 yards in 2006. Now he'll get the chance to do that for Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor. The fullback was with the Eagles in 2004 and 2005 when Vikings head coach Brad Childress served as the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia.

The Vikings elected not to re-sign Pro Bowl fullback Tony Richardson prior to the start of free agency, and this signing would end Richardson's two seasons as a Viking.


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