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Updated: March 18th, 2012 8:24pm
Vikings agree to terms with free-agent running back Lex Hilliard

Vikings agree to terms with free-agent running back Lex Hilliard

by Judd Zulgad
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This wouldn't qualify as a high-profile addition by any means, but the Minnesota Vikings did add a free agent on Sunday, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with running back Lex Hilliard.

Hilliard comes to the Vikings from the Miami Dolphins, who selected him out of Montana in the sixth round of the 2008 draft.

The 27-year-old Hilliard is listed at 5-11, 240-pounds and is viewed as being able to play both tailback and fullback.

If Hilliard makes the 53-man roster, he also will have to make a significant contribution on special teams. He appeared in all 16 regular-season games for the Dolphins the past three seasons and made his first four career starts in 2011.

Hilliard, who spent 2008 on the Dolphins' practice squad, had a career-high 23 carries for 89 yards with a touchdown in 2009. He also caugth a career-best 20 passes for 158 yards with two touchdowns that season.

Hilliard had only one reception for 3 yards and no rushing attempts in 2010, but last season he carried the ball 16 times for 41 yards with a touchdown and caught five passes for 49 yards.

Miami decided not to tender him as a restricted free agent this month. The Vikings did the same with running back Lorenzo Booker, meaning he is unlikely to return.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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