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Updated: March 16th, 2012 2:01pm
Vikings sign ex-college point guard Nick Taylor to three-year contract

Vikings sign ex-college point guard Nick Taylor to three-year contract

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Vikings haven't been particularly active in veteran free agency, but they added an intriguing player on Friday.

Nick Taylor, a onetime point guard on the Florida International University basketball team, said he has signed a three-year contract with the Vikings. The team confirmed the signing on Friday afternoon, listing Taylor as a defensive back.

Taylor spent time last season in a minor arena football league and worked out on Wednesday at FIU's pro day, where he was clocked at 4.34 and 4.27 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

The Vikings apparently thought enough of him to bring him to Minneapolis for a private workout on Friday and signed him shortly thereafter. Taylor said team officials told him his long-shot bid to make the roster will include a look at cornerback, punt returner and perhaps receiver, too.

Taylor's college bio lists him at 5-10 and 165 pounds. The Hollywood, Fla., native played three years on FIU basketball team, averaging 0.6 points and 0.8 assists in 18 games (two starts) as a junior in 2009-10.

Meanwhile, two former Vikings reportedly agreed to deals elsewhere.

Cornerback Cedric Griffin, whom the Vikings released on Saturday, received a one-year deal from the Washington Redskins that is worth up to $2.5 million, ESPN reported.

Linebacker Kenny Onatolu, a special teamer who didn't receive a restricted tender from the Vikings, agreed to a three-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, NFL.com reported. He'll be reunited there with former Vikings special teams coordinator Brian Murphy.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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