EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - There will be two Mike Zimmers coming to work at Winter Park this offseason.
On Monday, the Vikings announced that they have signed two players who tried out for the team during its rookie minicamp -- one happens to be named Mike Zimmer.
But the irony doesn't stop there. The former Illinois State Redbird isn't the only former Redbird employed by the Vikings.
Coach Mike Zimmer, 57, was recruited out of Lockport, Ill. to play quarterback at Illinois State, according to the university. He was converted into a defensive lineman during his freshman season in 1974. A career-threatening injury forced Zimmer into coaching.
The newest Mike Zimmer, of Wheeling, Ill., played his final season with the Redbirds in 2012. Last season, he was in the Jacksonville Jaguars' camp.
In Minnesota, linebacker Mike Zimmer will answer to Adam Zimmer, who is the linebackers coach and son of Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. The two Mike Zimmers are both from Illinois, but are not related.
The other player joining the Vikings roster is linebacker Dom DeCicco, who played in 20 games with the Chicago Bears from 2011-12, and spent the 2013 preseason with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Vikings released guard Conor Boffeli and quarterback Travis Partridge.