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Updated: January 13th, 2012 10:18am
Vikings sign former Sacramento State quarterback to futures contract

Vikings sign former Sacramento State quarterback to futures contract

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings continued to add bodies to their offseason roster on Friday, signing former Sacramento State quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson to a reserve/futures contract.

Bethel-Thompson, 23, had NFL stints last year with San Francisco and Miami, finishing last season on the Dolphins' practice squad. He also spent time with the United Football League's Sacramento Mountain Lions and the Arena Football League's San Jose SaberCats.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound San Francisco native started his college career at UCLA, where he completed 23 of 55 passes for 293 yards with a touchdown and five interceptions as a redshirt freshman in 2007 before transferring to Sacramento State, a Division I Football Championship Subdivision program.

Two of Bethel-Thompson's three seasons with the Hornets ended prematurely because of injuries. As a senior in 2010, he threw only 21 passes, completing five for 161 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. 

The Vikings now have three quarterbacks under contract: Christian Ponder, Joe Webb and Bethel-Thompson. Veteran backup Sage Rosenfels is a free agent but could be re-signed.

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