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Vikings Re-Sign Marcus Sherels

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The return specialist and cornerback is coming home.

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Welcome home, Marcus!
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On Tuesday morning, news broke that Laquon Treadwell was coming back to the team that drafted him.

It appears that the Vikings weren’t done getting the band back together.

With Chad Beebe out for at least the next couple weeks, the Vikings were in need of not only a third wide receiver, but a punt returner. So why not bring back the best punt returner in franchise history? The Vikings have confirmed that Marcus Sherels has returned to the team that first signed him in 2010.

Devante Downs was waived and Beebe was surprisingly placed on IR to make room for Sherels and Treadwell.

After nine seasons with the Vikings, Sherels had signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints in March. He was injured throughout Training Camp and was eventually replaced for kick return duties by rookie Deonte Harris. The Saints reached an injury settlement with Sherels before the season started.

Sherels is #OneOfUs: he’s from John Marshall High School in Rochester and he went to college at the University of Minnesota. He also owns a variety of Vikings franchise records when it comes to punt returns, including:

  • Single-season punt return average: 15.2 (2013)
  • Most punt return yards in a game: 119 (October 21, 2013)
  • Most punt return touchdowns in a season: 2 (2016)
  • Most punt return touchdowns in a career: 5
  • First Vikings player to have two games with more than 100 yards in punt returns (2016)
  • Most special teams touchdowns: 5 (tied with Percy Harvin and Cordarrelle Patterson)

Welcome home, Marcus! We can’t wait to resume the annual Training Camp debate of whether you make the final 53-man roster.