The Vikings haven’t had the highest volume of pick-ups on the first day of the NFL’s legal tampering period, but it’s been a fruitful day in Minnesota.
Earlier today, the Minnesota franchise inked tight end Josh Oliver to a reported three-year contract. And now, Ian Rapoport is reporting that former New Orleans Saint Marcus Davenport has agreed to a one-year deal with the Vikings.
According to the NFL Network reporter, Davenport will make $13 million over the coming season.
The #Vikings are signing pass-rusher Marcus Davenport, sources tell me, @MikeGarafolo, and @TomPelissero. He gets a 1-year deal worth $13M. Impressive.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2023
A product of UTSA and 2018 first-round draft pick, Davenport has spent all five seasons of his NFL career in New Orleans.
Entering free agency, ESPN’s Matt Bowen ranked Davenport 20th on his list of the NFL’s top 50 available players.
“If we look at his numbers from 2021- nine sacks, three forced fumbles- plus his physical traits (6-foot-6, 262 pounds), we know he’ll have multiple suitors in free agency,” Bowen wrote.
“Despite Davenport’s low sack total, his 20 pressures this season point to his ability to disrupt the pocket, even if he doesn’t always get home.”
Minnesota isn’t a home that many would have projected for Davenport. But Kevin O’Connell’s squad will offer Davenport an opportunity to reignite his career while shedding the dreaded “injury-prone” label.
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Publish Date:2023-03-14 10:24:03