Vikings work bottom of the roster

The Vikings signed 10 players to futures contracts over the last couple of weeks. Here is the skinny on them and what they've accomplished so far.

In the days following their loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship, the Vikings were immediately starting to build the bottom of their roster by signing several players to futures contracts.

They re-signed all of the players that finished the season on their practice squad and added two other players.

Safety Colt AndersonAnderson originally signed with the Vikings after the 2009 draft and spent the entire season on the Vikings' practice squad. At Montana, he was voted the team's MVP twice and ranked fifth in school history with 313 career tackles.

Tackle Patrick BrownThe Vikings signed Brown to their practice squad on Sept. 30 and he spent the rest of the season there after he had spent time with the Patriots and Panthers. He was a first-team All-Conference USA selection in 2007 and second-team in 2008 at Central Florida.

Tackle Chris ClarkThe Southern Miss product spent the entire 2009 season on the Vikings' practice squad. In 2008, he spent the final 16 games on their practice squad after going to Tampa Bay's training camp. He was All-Conference USA in 2009 and third-team in 2008.

Running back Ian JohnsonThe former Boise State back spent the entire 2009 season on the practice squad after a productive preseason. He is best known for his post-game proposal to his wife, Chrissy, following Boise State's dramatic Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma. He finished his collegiate career with a school-record 58 rushing TDs and ranks second in school history with 4,183 rushing yards. He had a 5.6-yard rushing average at Boise. He also led the NCAA in scoring with 25 TDs as a sophomore and ranked second in the nation with 142.83 rushing yards per game.

Defensive tackle Tremaine JohnsonLike most of the players who signed futures contract with the Vikings in January, Tremaine Johnson also spent the entire 2009 season on the practice squad. He originally signed with the Vikings following the 2009 draft. Johnson only started two games as a senior, playing behind future NFL players Glenn Dorsey, Melvin Oliver and Chase Pittman, but he was coached by Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar as a freshman at LSU. He earned the Tigers' Most Improved Award following the 2008 spring practices.

Wide receiver Vinny PerrettaPerretta signed with the Vikings following the 2009 draft, was released following training camp and re-joined the team for the final 14 games on the practice squad. He was teammates with Ian Johnson during Boise State's 12-0 regular season in 2008. Perretta averaged 16.1 yards per catch as a senior, and as a sophomore ran for 316 yards and three touchdowns on 55 carries.

Tackle Drew RadovichRadovich spent the first six games of the 2008 season on the active roster with the Vikings before going on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He spent the 2009 offseason with the team, was released and rejoined the Vikings for the final five games on their practice squad. At USC, he earned Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 as a senior right tackle.

Cornerback DeAndre WrightThe former University of New Mexico defensive back spent the 2009 season on and off the Vikings' practice squad. During his career with the Lobos, he had 10 interceptions and 25 passes defensed and earned second-team All-Mountain West honors.

Wide receiver Taye BiddleBiddle played in two games with the Carolina Panthers in 2006 and spent the 2007 season on Tampa Bay's practice squad. He was with the New York Giants in 2008 and 2009, mostly on the practice squad. At Ole Miss, Biddle started 18 games and finished his collegiate career with 90 catches for 1,512 yards and eight TDs. He also returned kickoffs.

Running back James JohnsonJohnson spent time on the Bengals' practice squad last year after rushing for 102 yards on 23 attempts in the preseason. In 2008, he played in three games with the Bengals, rushing nine times for 29 yards.

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