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Updated: June 28th, 2012 4:00pm
Vikings sign Jeff Charleston, who played in NFC title game for Saints

Vikings sign Jeff Charleston, who played in NFC title game for Saints

by Tom Pelissero
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Perhaps the Minnesota Vikings can find out from Jeff Charleston whether the Saints had a bounty on Brett Favre in the NFC championship game.

The Vikings announced late Thursday they have waived rookie defensive tackle Terrell Resonno and signed Charleston, a 29-year-old end who played the past four seasons in New Orleans.

Undrafted out of Idaho State in 2006, Charleston originally signed with Houston, then went to Indianapolis, where he played in 13 games in 2007 before joining the Saints.

He has appeared in 65 regular-season NFL games (four starts), mostly as a backup, recording eight sacks and three forced fumbles. He also appeared in each game during the Saints' run to the Super Bowl after the 2009 season.

The NFL last week said it has evidence that shows the Saints had a $35,000 pool for the player who knocked Favre out of that conference title game in January 2010. Favre took a beating but stayed in the game. According to, Charleston had one assisted tackle in that game.

Resonno, 23, signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Misouri.

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In this story: Brett Favre, Terrell Resonno