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Vikings add free agents WR Tajaé Sharpe, DE Anthony Zettel

Both positions were vacated by star players this offseason.
Credit: AP
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe (19) catches a 7-yard touchdown pass against New Orleans Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings agreed to contract terms Wednesday with wide receiver Tajaé Sharpe and defensive end Anthony Zettel, adding two fifth-year veterans at positions vacated by star players.

Sharpe, a fifth-round draft pick in 2016 out of Massachusetts, played his first four NFL seasons for the Tennessee Titans. Sharpe had a career-high four touchdown receptions last year to go with 329 yards receiving. As a rookie, he had 41 catches and 522 receiving yards, both career bests. Sharpe, for now, would be the No. 2 wide receiver behind Adam Thielen after the trade that sent Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills.

Zettel was a sixth-round draft choice by Detroit in 2016 out of Penn State. He has since been with Cleveland, Cincinnati and San Francisco. He joined the 49ers late in the 2019 season and played with them through the Super Bowl. Zettel's best year in the league came with the Lions in 2017, when he started every game and totaled 6 1/2 sacks. The Vikings lost six-year starter defensive end Everson Griffen to free agency, as well as backup Stephen Weatherly. Griffen was the longest-tenured player on the team.

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