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Updated: January 21st, 2011 11:46am
Vikings sign former UFL end Adrian Awasom to 2-year contract

Vikings sign former UFL end Adrian Awasom to 2-year contract

by Tom Pelissero
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One former United Football League had success with the Minnesota Vikings this past season, so it's no surprise they brought in another.

The team has finalized a two-year futures contract with defensive end Adrian Awasom, who agreed to terms earlier this month.

Awasom, 27, was the New York Giants' fifth-round draft pick out of North Texas in 2005. He appeared in 17 games over three seasons with the Giants, infamously was sent home after a DUI arrest two days before Super Bowl XLII and hasn't played in the NFL since.

A Cameroon native, Awasom (6-foot-5, 280 pounds) played the past two UFL seasons with the Las Vegas Locomotives. In November, he signed with the Arena Football League's San Jose Sabercats to circumnavigate the UFL's transfer fee, which at the time was $150,000.

The Vikings worked out Awasom and halfback Lorenzo Booker last season but didn't immediately sign either. Once the UFL dropped the fee to $50,000, Booker paid it himself, signed with the Vikings on Dec. 7 and made a positive impression on kick returns and third downs.

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In this story: Adrian Awasom, Lorenzo Booker