On Friday, the Minnesota Vikings brought back yet another familiar face in an effort to help bolster the secondary.
Numerous sources are reporting that the Vikings have signed cornerback Mackensie Alexander. Terms of the deal were not immediately made available.
Alexander was the Vikings’ second-round pick out of Clemson in the 2016 NFL Draft. After a bit of a struggle his first couple of seasons, he finally embraced the role of inside cornerback in his last couple of seasons with the team and flourished, proving to be a solid member of the secondary. He followed teammate Trae Waynes to Cincinnati for the 2020 season, and is now back where he started.
The Vikings did receive a sixth-round compensatory pick for the loss of Alexander this past year, but that was the pick that they sent to the Arizona Cardinals yesterday in exchange for offensive lineman Mason Cole.
The signing of Alexander gives the Vikings a pretty formidable cornerback room. Along with second-year players Cameron Dantzler and Jeff Gladney, the team has added Patrick Peterson and will (hopefully) be getting a solid contribution from Mike Hughes, who is in the final year of his contract and likely won’t be having his fifth-year option picked up by the May deadline.
Welcome (back) to Minnesota, Mackensie Alexander!