Minnesota Vikings Sign Former Packer Michael Montgomery, Tye Hill Next?

Brandon Erickson@derkipstaCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2010

The Vikings announced their agreement with Michael Montgomery (pictured) to a one-year, $630,000 free-agent contract, according to a report Tuesday by Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune .

The sixth-round pick out of Texas A&M in 2005 had six or seven suitors according to his agent, Blake Baratz. His reasons were mixed between his best shot at a Super Bowl and likely also due to playing in the same division as Green Bay.

"It was really important for Mike and I to get him back to a 4-3 scheme, and he really fits schematically with what the Vikings do," Baratz said, according to the Star Tribune .

There were other offers that surpassed the Vikings, though they were denied since they came from teams featuring a 3-4 scheme.

After his best season in 2008 (with 2.5 sacks in 14 games), the 26-year-old had trouble with injuries and the adjustment to the 3-4 scheme that Packer defensive coordinator Dom Capers implemented at the beginning of the 2009 season.

Montgomery figures to back up Ray Edwards primarily and act as an inside pass rusher on certain downs.

Cornerback Tye Hill also visited Winter Park this past week.

The 15th overall pick of 2006 was released by Atlanta in the middle of this month after the Falcons signed former Packer safety Matt Giordano.

Hill spent three seasons in St. Louis after being drafted by the Rams before being traded to the Falcons prior to the 2009 season for a seventh-round selection. He played eight games, starting three, with seven tackles and one pick.

Hill is deciding between the Vikings and Tennessee Titans.


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