Vikings Claim Tight End

TE Garrett Mills (Getty Images/Al Bello)

The Vikings grabbed an intriguing player from the New England Patriots when they added former Tulsa TE-FB Garrett Mills via the waiver wire.

The Vikings may have lost a player they wanted to keep in quarterback Tyler Thigpen, who was claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs, but they snagged a promising prospect in Garrett Mills on Sunday.

Mills was originally a fourth-round pick by the Patriots last season did not play and finished the season on injured reserve with a thigh injury.  Bill Belichick was hoping to sneak Mills through waivers to keep him on the practice squad, but the Vikings foiled their plans in claiming him.

In fact, Belichick even reportedly called Vikings coach Brad Childress to try and talk him out of claiming Mills, but to no avail.

Mills is a very versatile player and a very nice fit for the Vikings West Coast Offense.  He will take some time to become acclimated to a new system but has good long-range potential in this system.

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