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Updated: September 12th, 2011 1:19pm
Vikings waive Jon Cooper, sign veteran center Joe Berger

Vikings waive Jon Cooper, sign veteran center Joe Berger

by Judd Zulgad
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings made a roster move Monday, placing center Jon Cooper on waivers and signing veteran center Joe Berger to the 53-man roster.

Berger's addition means the Vikings will continue to carry three centers, including starter John Sullivan and rookie Brandon Fusco.

Cooper was signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma in 2009 and spent time on the active roster each season. The Vikings used Cooper at guard during training camp in order to see if he could play that position as well.

Berger, 29, was selected by Carolina in the sixth round of the 2005 draft and has played for the Dallas Cowboys and had two stints with the Miami Dolphins.

Berger can play multiple positions on the line. He started 20 games over the past two seasons with the Dolphins but was released this month.

"(We) just felt like for what we were trying to do and where we want to be that this is the right thing to do," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "Jon has done a great job for us. Really like what he has done for our football team and in our locker room as well. But for where we're trying to get we just thought that this would be a good move. We'll see how it goes."

Frazier said Berger's experience was not the main factor in the decision, meaning that his versatility might have been.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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