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Updated: May 15th, 2012 4:17pm
Vikings sign defensive end Nick Reed, claim tackle Kevin Murphy

Vikings sign defensive end Nick Reed, claim tackle Kevin Murphy

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings continue to turn over the bottom of the roster.

On Tuesday, they signed defensive end Nick Reed, who participated in the Vikings' rookie camp earlier this month on a tryout basis, and claimed rookie tackle Kevin Murphy off waivers from San Francisco.

To make room on the 90-man roster, the Vikings waived offensive lineman Jose Valdez and planned to waive another player whom they had yet to reach as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Reed, 24, played in 16 games as a rookie with the Seattle Seahawks in 2009. The Oregon product has been a journeyman since, spending time last season with Chicago (seven games) and Tampa Bay (three games).

A standout at Harvard, Murphy had signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent last month.

The Vikings had 90 players as of Tuesday morning, but none of their 10 draft picks were under contract. Those negotiations are expected to pick up next week.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Jose Valdez