The Vikings are set to work out Jahleel Addae, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. A longtime Chargers starter, Addae spent last season as a rotational player with the Texans. This will be Addae’s age-30 season. The Texans passed on bringing him back in free agency, instead signing former Chiefs and Browns safety Eric Murray.
Despite Addae starting just three games last season — the fewest since his rookie year — he played 48% of Houston’s snaps. For his career, Addae has started 59 games since becoming a Bolts UDFA success story. Last season, he intercepted a career-high two passes and recorded 45 tackles.
Minnesota has seen extensive turnover in its secondary this year, cutting Xavier Rhodes and seeing three other DBs — Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander and Jayron Kearse — defect in free agency. The Vikings may be eyeing an additional veteran presence to work in a secondary that will feature first-round rookie Jeff Gladney and potentially multiple other first-year DBs playing key roles.
At safety, the Vikings’ depth consists of two Day 3 picks — sixth-rounder Josh Metellus and seventh-rounder Brian Cole. The COVID-19-transformed NFL landscape stands to make it difficult for rookies this year, so veterans like Addae may well benefit.
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