In their continuing search for answers at the cornerback position, the Minnesota Vikings appear to be taking a flyer on someone that has a pretty solid pedigree but has happened upon some bad injury luck over the course of his NFL career.
The team has announced that they have signed former Miami Dolphins’ cornerback Cordrea Tankersley to the practice squad.
Tankersley was the Dolphins’ third-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after a successful college career at Clemson. As a rookie, he started in 11 games for the Dolphins, collecting 31 total tackles and 7 passes defended. He appeared in six games in 2018 before suffering a torn ACL that ended his season.
He then started the 2019 season on the reserve/PUP list while still recovering from the ACL tear, eventually missing the entire 2019 season. Going into camp this year, he was placed on the Dolphins’ reserve/COVID-19 list in late July, and was waived a week later. The Dolphins brought him back to their practice squad in September, but was released a week ago and has now signed with Minnesota.
Being a recent third-round pick, Tankersley was obviously quite highly thought of not so long ago. He hasn’t stepped onto an NFL field since mid-2018, but if he’s fully recovered from his injury issues, he could be a sneaky solid addition to the Vikings. In any event, it doesn’t hurt them to take a chance on him with the practice squad.