MINNEAPOLIS — It was no secret coming off the defensive year the Minnesota Vikings had last season, that defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer wanted to bolster that side of the ball.
Zimmer and the Vikings are wasting no time.
The team confirmed Thursday what NFL Insider Adam Schefter had reported, that the Vikings have agreed to a deal with All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson. The team did not release terms, but Schefter says the Vikings are signing the former Arizona Cardinals defensive back to a one-year, $10 million deal.
Peterson, a three-time All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowl selection, started all 16 games for the Cardinals last season, compiling 61 tackles and three interceptions. He'll join a very young secondary that often used two rookie cornerbacks in Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler. Peterson's skill and experience will be a much-welcomed addition to a team that gave up the eighth-most passing yards in the league.
The Vikings also announced on Wednesday that they've reached deals with former New York Giants defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson and former Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Nick Vigil.