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Minnesota Vikings Claim Brandon Bostick Off Waivers

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In a move that will no doubt send shockwaves through the football world, the Minnesota Vikings have claimed tight end Brandon Bostick off of waivers following his release by the Green Bay Packers.

Bostick, if you'll recall. . .and, honestly, why wouldn't you. . .is the player that botched an onside kick near the end of regulation in the NFC Championship Game. His gaffe allowed the Seattle Seahawks to recover and take the lead at that point, and ultimately beat the Packers for a trip to Super Bowl XLIX.

For his career, Bostick has nine catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He was an undrafted free agent out of Newberry College in 2012 and appeared in 24 games for Green Bay. As the Vikings claimed him off of waivers, if Bostick makes the final roster the Vikings will be on the hook for his $585,000 salary.

This is a bit of a puzzling move by the Vikings, to be honest. As it stands now, it appears that Bostick is the fourth tight end on a team that carried three tight ends on their roster all of last season. The team also has Ryan Otten on the practice squad, but at this point neither of those guys are going to be jumping over Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison, or Chase Ford on the depth chart. And despite what happened in the NFC Championship Game, it's not as though he's earned a key to the city or something. Really, though, who does that for a player a game that their team wasn't even involved in anyway?

So, we have yet another move in the Green Bay-to-Minnesota pipeline, which I guess. . .supposedly. . .really gets Vikings fans excited. In reality, the odds of him making the team appear to be relatively low at this point, barring an injury to one of Minnesota's three main tight ends during camp or something.