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Robert Blanton Signs With Buffalo Bills

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We don't know who the answer is going to be for the Minnesota Vikings at the safety spot next to Harrison Smith. However, as the Vikings lose just their second free agent of the offseason, we now know who it won't be.

Robert Blanton, who had played all four seasons of his career with the Vikings to this point, has signed with the Buffalo Bills, according to Adam Caplan of

Blanton was a fifth-round pick of the Vikings in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. He played in spot duty in his first couple of seasons, and won a starting spot at safety going into the 2014 season. However, due to a combination of injuries and ineffectiveness, he was replaced by Andrew Sendejo towards the end of the year. He started just one game for the Vikings at safety in 2015.

Terms of Blanton's deal have not been disclosed at this time.

Earlier in the offseason, the Vikings lost one of the players that was a part of that 2012 draft class with Blanton, as Josh Robinson signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Vikings had no interest in bringing either of those players back after their rookie contracts expired following this season.