The Minnesota Vikings have bolstered a talented defensive line with the additions of edge rusher Za'Darius Smith and lineman Harrison Phillips in free agency. The front office has decided not to stop there, though. Jullian Taylor has also been inked to a deal after being out of the sport since 2019.
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Taylor entered the NFL as a 7th-round draft pick for the San Francisco 49ers in 2018. He appeared in 12 games across two seasons, racking up 16 tackles (4.0 for loss) and one recovered fumble. The 27-year-old then tore his ACL in December of 2019 and has not seen a snap since.
Taylor did spend some time with the Tennessee Titans prior to the 2021 season before eventually being waived in June. New Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah was in the 49ers' front office when the team drafted Taylor, so the connection between the two is clear.
A one-year deal not only gives the Temple product an opportunity to kickstart his career, but it also provides some key depth for Minnesota. Despite finishing with the second-most sacks in the NFL last season (51.0), the Vikings still allowed 383.6 yards of offense per game (No. 30 in NFL).
While this is great news for Taylor, he can't get comfortable quite yet. Earning a roster spot in training camp is no easy task. The Vikings will now shift their attention toward the upcoming NFL Draft in hopes of grabbing an elite playmaker capable of coming in and making an immediate impact.
Minnesota currently has odds set at +3500 in FanDuel Sportbsook's Super Bowl Odds.
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