Vikings work out 4 CFL players, including leader in sacks, receiving
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings' season isn't over, but they cast a gaze to 2011 by working out four Canadian Football League players after Saturday's practice: end Phillip Hunt, defensive tackle Demonte' Bolden and receivers Andy Fantuz and S.J. Green.
The CFL season ended on Nov. 29, and this was the first week in which players were allowed to work out for NFL seasons. However, none of them are allowed to sign NFL contracts until Jan. 3, the day after the regular season ends.
• Hunt, 24, led the CFL with 16 sacks this past season while playing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The 6-foot-1, 248-pound Houston product has spent two seasons in the CFL after a stint with the Cleveland Browns in 2009 that ended after one preseason game. He's already worked out this week for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Browns. He'll work out for the New England Patriots on Sunday.
• Bolden, 25, has 60 tackles over two seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Tennessee product also has workouts set up with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers.
• Fantuz, 27, is a Chatham, Ontario, native who played college football at Western Ontario. He has 276 catches for 4,136 yards and 23 touchdowns over five seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders -- including career highs of 87 catches and a league-high 1,380 yards, plus six scores this season -- but said he hasn't played American football since the 2006 East-West Shrine Game. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound "slotback" had a workout with the Detroit Lions in 2006. He worked out on Tuesday with Pittsburgh.
• Green, 25, has played four seasons with the Montreal Alouettes but didn't break out until this year, when he had 58 catches for 875 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Grey Cup champions. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound South Florida product worked out for Philadelphia earlier this week and expects to have more workouts soon.
The Vikings have found help in Canada before. Linebacker Kenny Onatolu, one of their core special teamers, played two seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos before signing with the Vikings in December 2008. He received a $5,000 bonus.