The loss of Cedric Griffin left the Vikings with 3 healthy CBs as they prepare to face a pass-happy Dallas offense on Sunday.
But the team added a 4th on Wednesday by signing veteran Frank Walker. The Vikings depth will improve even more if rookie Chris Cook, who is working his way back from a 2nd knee injury, is able to return to the lineup.
Walker – a 7-year veteran – played in 16 games (2 playoff games) for the Baltimore Raven last season, starting 12. He tallied 12 tackles (8 solo) and an INT during his 2009 campaign and has career marks of 134 tackles (117 solo), 3 forced fumbles and 7 INTs – 1 returned for a TD his rookie season with the NY Giants.
“He’s a great competitor,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said on Wednesday. “I’m familiar with him from when he used to play [with] the (NY) Giants against us (in Philadelphia). I know Leslie (Frazier) talked to John Harbaugh about his competes; he played with the Ravens last year. Ultra-competitive; he ran very well and worked out very well for us here this morning.”
Walker is touted as a solid tackler with great foot speed. He stands at 5-11, 200 pounds and may be an option for special teams coordinator Brian Murphy should Asher Allen or Lito Sheppard become unavailable for kick and punt coverage duty because of an increase in workload following Griffin’s injury.
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