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Vikings sign LB Matthews, S Mays

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The Minnesota Vikings agrred to terms with linebacker Casey Matthews and safety Taylor Mays on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Matthews spent his first four NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, recording 109 tackles and 2.5 sacks while starting 15 of 65 games. He is coming off a career-high 62 tackles, 1.5 sacks, four tackles for loss and three quarterback hits last season. His 10 starts were more than his five combined through his first three seasons.

Matthews, 26, is expected to compete for a starting job at inside linbacker with Jasper Brinkley signing with the Dallas Cowboys in free agency.

“It’s great to be here,” Matthews told the Vikings’ website. “I’m looking forward to a new opportunity and a new chapter in my life.”

Mays, 27, was a second-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 and joined the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011. He has 10 starts in 66 career games, recording 57 tackles and a sack. Known as a strong special teams player, Mays reunites with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who was his defensive coordinator in Cincinnati from 2011-13.

With his experience in Zimmer’s defense, Mays may get an opportunity to compete for a starting spot opposite Harrison Smith. Robert Blanton started 13 games last season before suffering ankle and knee injuries and giving way to Andrew Sendejo for the final three games.


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