Vikings agree to deal with free-agent fullback Jerome Felton
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Six months after trying to claim Jerome Felton off waivers but losing out to the Carolina Panthers, the Minesota Vikings finally landed the fullback on Tuesday.
The Vikings announced they had signed the 25-year-old Felton, who was a free agent. Selected by Detroit in the fifth round out of Furman in the 2008 draft, Felton spent three seasons with the Lions and played in 42 games before being waived in final cuts last summer.
Felton played in nine games for the Panthers, who were awarded him over the Vikings and Philadelphia. After Carolina cut him on Nov. 25, Felton was claimed by the Indianapolis Colts and appeared in five games there.
The Vikings primarily used Ryan D'Imperio and retired tight end Jimmy Kleinsasser as their lead blockers last season. D'Imperio remains on the roster, but the Vikings are unsettled at the position. They re-signed Matt Asiata to a futures deal after the season and agreed to terms with free agent Lex Hilliard over the weekend.
Felton has 42 carries for 136 yards (3.2 average) and 34 catches for 280 yards in 56 NFL games.
The Vikings also officially announced Tuesday that they had re-signed defensive tackle Letroy Guion, 25, who was a fifth-round pick by the team out of Florida State in 2008.
News that Guion had agreed to a three-year, $9 million deal that will pay him $2.5 million in guarantees broke last week.
Tom Pelissero contributed