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Report: Vikings sign former CFL defensive back Rod Williams

Report: Vikings sign former CFL defensive back Rod Williams

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings apparently are looking for help north of the border again.

The Edmonton Journal reported on Monday former Canadian Football League defensive back Rod Williams has signed with the Vikings.

Williams, 25, played the past three seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos before being released last week to pursue NFL opportunities.

He played college football at Alcorn State, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier's alma mater. He stands 5-11 and 180 pounds and had 11 interceptions and 111 tackles in his Eskimos tenure.

George Paton, the Vikings' assistant general manager, is known for his scouting of other pro leagues. In 2009, the Vikings signed former CFL linebacker Kenny Onatolu, who contributed for three seasons on special teams.

The Vikings also signed CFL products the past two years -- receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux (another Alcorn State product) in 2011 and linebacker Solomon Elimimian in 2012 -- but their stays were short-lived.

The signing would put 68 players on the Vikings' roster. Unrestricted free agency begins on March 12.

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