According to Jeremy Fowler of the pioneer press:
The Minnesota Vikings agreed to a one-year contract with former Miami Dolphins running back Lex Hilliard, providing depth and capable blocking to a deep yet injury-plagued backfield.
Hilliard, who wasn't tendered by the Dolphins as a restricted free agent, had 41 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries last season. The Vikings signed the 5-foot-11, 240-pound Hilliard primarily for his blocking but consider him a capable runner as well.
Hilliard joins Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart, Caleb King, Jordan Todman, Ryan D'Imperio and Matt Asiata in the Vikings' stable of running backs and fullbacks.
Hilliard will have a chance to earn the No. 3 job behind Peterson, who is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and Gerhart, who suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in the season finale against Chicago. The Vikings did not place a tender on restricted free agent running back Lorenzo Booker, who is unlikely to return.
Hilliard is the Vikings' second free agent signing from another team. On Wednesday, the team signed former Seahawks tight end John Carlson to a five-year, $25-million deal.
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