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Updated: July 30th, 2011 5:24pm
Vikings sign former Falcons receiver Michael Jenkins to 3-year deal

Vikings sign former Falcons receiver Michael Jenkins to 3-year deal

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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One day before training camp begins, the Minnesota Vikings added a veteran receiver who should know their new offense as well as anyone.

Former Atlanta Falcons receiver Michael Jenkins signed a three-year deal with the Vikings on Saturday, an NFL source confirmed. 

Jenkins, 29, primarily was used as possession-type receiver in Atlanta. He has good speed for his size (6-foot-4, 217 pounds) but has averaged only 12.7 yards on his 276 career catches, with 20 touchdowns over seven NFL seasons.

A first-round pick (29th overall) by the Falcons in 2004, Jenkins ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.6 range out of Ohio State and had a 34-inch vertical leap. Bill Musgrave, the Vikings' new offensive coordinator, saw plenty of Jenkins while serving as Atlanta's quarterbacks coach the past five seasons.

The subjective rankings of the Web site ProFootballFocus.com placed Jenkins 12th among 110 qualifying NFL receivers last season. He had no drops in 69 targets, although he only caught 41 of those passes -- 59.4%, and his lowest reception total since 2006 -- for 505 yards (12.3 average) and two scores. But the Falcons released him on Friday to free up money to sign former Vikings end Ray Edwards.

The Vikings now have added two receivers since Sidney Rice agreed to terms with Seattle on Wednesday. But neither Jenkins nor Devin Aromashodu have anything close to Rice's playmaking ability.

Coach Leslie Frazier reiterated on Friday he expects declining 30-year-old Bernard Berrian "to step up and have a great year." And Berrian wrote on Twitter early Saturday that he had a "(g)reat discussion with Rick (Spielman, the Vikings' vice president of player personnel) and Bill Musgrave today. Really and truly excited bout this upcoming season and where this offense is."

There remains a chance Berrian could be released before the salary cap kicks in on Thursday, though, if the Vikings add one of three higher-profile free agents they've been linked to all week -- Braylon Edwards, James Jones and Malcom Floyd -- but that's getting less likely by the day.

The Vikings now have 11 receivers on the roster: Percy Harvin, Berrian, Greg Camarillo, Jenkins, Jaymar Johnson, Emmanuel Arceneaux, Juaquin Iglesias, Aromashodu and rookies Stephen Burton, Andre Holmes and Domonique Johnson.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. 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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