Vikings agree to 1-year deal with former Bears WR Devin Aromashodu
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings' first post-lockout contract agreement had a familiar feel to it.
A seventh-round draft pick (233rd overall) out of Auburn by the Miami Dolphins in 2006, Aromashodu has 41 catches for 593 yards and four touchdowns in 30 career NFL games. The 27-year-old had stints with Miami, Indianapolis (twice), Houston and Washington before hooking up with the Bears in 2008.
His best season came in 2009, when new Bears quarterback Jay Cutler lobbied to get him on the field and Aromashodu responded with 24 catches for 298 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games -- seven of those catches for 150 yards and the winning 39-yard touchdown in a victory over the Vikings.
Aromashodu fell off last season, though, finishing with only 10 catches for 149 yards, and the Bears apparently didn't make much of an effort to retain him.
With Sidney Rice testing the free-agent market and Bernard Berrian's status uncertain, the Vikings need options at outside receiver, and Aromashodu does have some physical tools. At 6-foot-2 and now 201 pounds, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds at his 2006 pro day workout.
Still, Aromashodu's production suggests he has a battle ahead to make the roster alongside the likes of Greg Camarillo, Jaymar Johnson, Emmanuel Arceneaux, former Bears teammate Juaquin Iglesias and rookie seventh-round pick Stephen Burton.
The Vikings have a long and rather uninspiring history of signing former Bears receivers, from Marcus Robison to Bobby Wade to Berrian.
No signings can become official until 5 p.m. Friday.