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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
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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, reported. He'll be reunited there with former Vikings special teams coordinator Brian Murphy.

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