Vikings re-sign Letroy Guion for 3 years; 14 others hit open market
The Minnesota Vikings re-signed one of their young free agents just before the market opened on Tuesday afternoon.
Guion, 24, played 516 snaps (48.8%) over 16 games last season and recorded 35 tackles (20 solo, four for loss), never capitalizing on what looked like a breakout preseason. He's still young, though, and the Vikings need options at the three-technique defensive tackle spot with Kevin Williams beginning to decline as he approaches his 32nd birthday.
The other free agent the Vikings hoped to re-sign before free agency, linebacker Erin Henderson, was believed to have hit the open market. But it remained possible he could re-sign quickly after gauging his value.
Henderson, 25, played 569 snaps (53.8%) over 15 games in his first season as a starter, recording 91 tackles (56 solo, eight for loss) and two forced fumbles. An NFL source said last week there was progress on a "bridge" deal with the Vikings, but the length of the contract -- two or three years -- was believed to be a sticking point.
The Vikings were more than $23 million under the salary cap pending the filing of a two-year contract with backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels, who agreed to terms on Monday.
Other unrestricted free agents were: linebackers E.J. Henderson and Xavier Adibi; safeties Husain Abdullah, Tyrell Johnson and Jarrad Page; defensive tackle Fred Evans; receivers Greg Camarillo and Devin Aromashodu; offensive lineman Scott Kooistra; cornerback Benny Sapp; long snapper Matt Katula; and tight ends Visanthe Shiancoe and Jimmy Kleinsasser, who is retired.
Elsewhere, several players as the Vikings' positions of need were removed from the market before free agency began and within the hour after 532 players hit the open market.
Receiver Marques Colston re-signed with New Orleans on Monday morning for a reported five years and $40 million. Within the first hour of free agency, Pierre Garcon signed a reported five-year, $42.5 million deal with Washington and Vincent Jackson -- the best receiver in the free-agent class -- reportedly was close to a deal with Tampa Bay.
Two cornerbacks, Terrell Thomas (New York Giants) and Tim Jennings (Chicago), also re-signed with their respective teams.
The biggest news in the minutes before free agency launched was receiver Brandon Marshall joining the Chicago Bears, who acquired him from Miami for a pair of third-round draft picks.