The Minnesota Vikings made another roster move on Tuesday, bringing in a new linebacker while moving on from some of the competition at cornerback.
The team announced on Tuesday morning that they had signed linebacker Hardy Nickerson. To make room on the 80-man roster, the team waived cornerback Marcus Sayles.
Sayles signed with the Vikings back in early January, shortly after he was named a CFL West All-Star and his Winnipeg Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup for the first time in nearly 30 years. The Vikings have a lot of young cornerbacks to keep an eye on during this Training Camp, and apparently Sayles just wasn’t up to what the rest of the group was providing.
Nickerson, the son of the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacking great of the same name, went undrafted out of the University of Illinois in 2017, and spent his first three years in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals after signing as an undrafted free agent. In his three years with the Bengals, he appeared in 37 games, starting nine of them at linebacker. Seven of those starts came in 2018, and he had no starts in a 2019 season where he only played in seven games.
The Nickerson signing brings the Vikings up to seven linebackers on the active roster with Ben Gedeon still on the PUP list.