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Minnesota Vikings Show Interest In James Hanna

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After a brief opening flurry to start free agency, things have been relatively quiet for the Minnesota Vikings over the past couple of days. There has been some news of a couple of potential candidates floating around social media.

One of those candidates is, reportedly, tight end James Hanna. Hanna was a sixth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2012 NFL Draft out of the University of Oklahoma, and has played his entire four-year career in Dallas thus far.

The 6'4", 255-pound Hanna hasn't put up huge offensive numbers for the Cowboys in his career. . .in four seasons, he has 33 catches for 286 yards (8.7 yards/catch) and has yet to find the end zone. However, he has a reputation as a pretty good run blocker, and with Kyle Rudolph and MyCole Pruitt at the tight end position, that might fill a bigger need for the Vikings.

Hanna would be brought in to, in all likelihood, replace Rhett Ellison. Ellison suffered a knee injury in the regular season finale, and was projected to have a recovery time of six months, which would get him back on the field just before the start of Training Camp. However, depending on who you believe, the Vikings may have already moved on from bringing Ellison back. Hence the interest in Hanna.

No word yet on if/when Hanna is scheduled for a visit with the Vikings, but I'm guessing it isn't going to be that far down the track if it happens.