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Updated: April 10th, 2012 2:38pm
Vikings sign former Saints, Dolphins linebacker Marvin Mitchell

Vikings sign former Saints, Dolphins linebacker Marvin Mitchell

by Tom Pelissero
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The bounty scandal apparently isn't scaring off the Minnesota Vikings from adding former New Orleans Saints.

The Vikings announced on Tuesday they've signed free-agent linebacker Marvin Mitchell, a seventh-round pick by New Orleans in the 2007 NFL Draft who played four seasons with the Saints before spending 2011 with the Miami Dlphins.

No terms were disclosed. An NFL source said it's a one-year deal -- no surprise, given the way the Vikings have approached the second and third waves of free agency.

Mitchell, 27, has been mostly a backup and special-teams performer in his NFL career, appearing in 71 games with two starts and recording two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble. He's listed at 6-foot-3 and 249 pounds.

The Vikings cut the only member of last year's roster -- nose tackle Remi Ayodele -- with ties to the Saints teams that employed a bounty system for big hits and causing injuries under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Mitchell was a part of the 2009 Saints team that beat the Vikings to reach Super Bowl XLIV. He was credited with a solo tackle in the January 2010 NFC championship win over the Vikings and played in the Super Bowl as well.

Quick hit

• The contract WR Bryan Walters signed with the Vikings last week is for two years, with minimum base salaries of $465,000 in 2012 and $555,000 in 2013.

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