Vikes Sign One, Miss Out On Two

The Vikings made their first free agent signing Wednesday, adding DL swingman Billy Lyon of the Packers.

When Mike Tice said the Vikings were going to be "patiently aggressive" in free agency, he was right. With other teams with less cap money available breaking the bank in the early stages of free agency, the Vikings' first signing was a modest deal.

The team announced the signing of DL Billy Lyon, a five-year veteran who played both DT and DE with the Packers, to a three-year deal. VU has been told the contract is $2.5 million with $500,000 up front.

While the team moved quickly on Lyon, another pair of players the Vikings were interested in signed elsewhere to play with former coaches. Former Vikings CB Corey Fuller rejected an offer from the Vikings and signed with the Ravens -- where he will be reunited with former assistant coach Brian Billick. Meanwhile, Dexter McCleon, another CB the Vikings wanted to sign, inked a deal with the Chiefs -- where he will be reunited with former Rams coach Dick Vermeil.

* Neil O'Donnell rejected the Vikings' multiyear offer and now looks to be a lost cause for the Vikings. The team has now turned its sights to Gus Frerotte -- another indication that Todd Bouman's days with the Vikings may be numbered.
* Jim Kleinsasser signed a one-year tender offer for $3.05 million -- the amount paid a player with a franchise designation at tight end.
* Lance Johnstone is visiting with the New York Giants, but he is still expected to re-sign with the Vikings barring a huge offer.
* The Vikings continue to be in contact with the agent for CB Tory James, who visited earlier this week.
* Denver CB Denard Walker is scheduled to visit Winter Park Friday.
* Other players scheduled for visits include Redskins WR Derrius Thompson today and Titans DT John Thornton tomorrow.

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