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Vikings Sign LB Pope

             Minnesota Vikings linebacker Derrick Pope 

The Minnesota Vikings have been relatively quiet on the free-agent front; however, they made a little bit of noise as they signed linebacker Derrick Pope to a one-year contract Friday.  Because of the experience he had at all 3 LB positions in addition to special teams, Pope is expected to fill in the role previously taken by Dontarrious Thomas, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent.

Selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 7th round of the 2004 draft, Pope and current Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman have some familiarity with each other; Pope has said that he had interest from several teams, but because he was impressed with Minnesota, he made this visit his first and last stop.  Pope appeared in 55 games in 4 seasons with Miami and started a career-high 9 games last season, when Zach Thomas was sidelined with an injury.

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One Response to “Vikings Sign LB Pope”

  1. George says:

    I’m not even sure who this guy is

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