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Jayron Kearse agrees to 1-year deal with Detroit Lions

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He made it clear he wasn’t coming back

The Denver Broncos played at the Minnesota Vikings Photo by Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Since long before free agency started, fans of the Minnesota Vikings were pretty certain that safety Jayron Kearse wasn’t going to be returning to the purple. On Thursday, it became official, as he signed with a division rival.

Close, Personal Friend of The Daily Norseman Tom Pelissero™ is reporting that Kearse will sign a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions for $2.75 million.

Kearse was a seventh-round pick of the Vikings out of Clemson in the 2016 NFL Draft, and he arrived with his college teammate, Mackensie Alexander (who is also a free agent). Kearse was a key special teamer for much of his time with the Vikings, and appeared in 62 of a possible 64 regular season game with five starts. He made several key plays down the stretch in place of Harrison Smith in the Vikings’ comeback victory over the Denver Broncos this past season, and recorded his first career interception when he picked off Dak Prescott in the end zone on the final play of the Vikings’ Sunday Night Football win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Kearse didn’t get a huge contract from the Lions, but as we’ve said, he made it pretty clear that he was in no way, shape, or form interested in coming back to Minnesota.

Despite how it ended, here’s hoping for the best for Jayron Kearse going forward. . .except, as always, when the Vikings play the Lions.