The Minnesota Vikings’ offseason roster continues to take shape, and defensive end Jeff Charleston is the next piece in that ever-changing puzzle.
Charleston, a 29-year old pass rusher who was signed by the Vikings on Thursday, was part of the 2009 New Orleans Saints team that knocked Minnesota out of the playoff picture. He was also a part of the Saints defense that allegedly took part in a bounty program that put a massive price tag on Brett Favre’s head.
The former Saints defensive end went undrafted out of Idaho State in 2006 and has spent the last six years of his NFL career as a situation pass rusher. During his 65 regular season appearances (four starts), Charleston has notched eight sacks and three forced fumbles.
With the Vikings, Charleston will provide depth behind starting defensive ends Jared Allen and Brian Robison. He’ll compete with several other defensive ends, including Trevor Guyton and D’Aundre Reed, for a spot on the 53-man roster.
The move also coincides with defensive end Everson Griffen’s switch to linebacker. The Vikings coaching staff felt it in the team’s best interests to convert Griffen in hopes of adding some depth to the linebacking corps, which left the defensive end position a little thin. Hence, Charleston has been added to the mix.
In order to make room on the 90-man roster for Charleston, the Vikings have waived defensive tackle Terrell Resonno. An undrafted rookie out of Missouri, Resonno was already a longshot to make even the practice squad. More than anything, he was a camp body.
Let’s hope this acquisition of a former Saints defender goes better than the last time.