Vikings Sign DE Otis Grigsby

In need of depth at defensive end with the suspension of Ray Edwards, the Vikings have signed Otis Grigsby off the Carolina Panthers' practice squad to fill the roster spot.

The Vikings have added defensive end Otis Grigsby to their active roster to take the roster spot of suspended DE Ray Edwards.

Grigsby was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Kentucky by the Miami Dolphins in 2003 and made the team but did not play as a rookie.  He was released by Miami at the end of training camp in 2004.  He went to training camp with the Atlanta Falcons in 2005 but was subsequently released.

He signed a futures contract with the Carolina Panthers in January 2006 and was allocated to Cologne of NFL Europe.  He spent a portion of last season on the Panthers’ practice squad.  He made Carolina’s opening-day roster in 2007 and recorded two quarterback hurries in the season opener, but had played little since in four games in which he appeared.  He was waived and re-signed to Carolina’s practice squad in November.  The Vikings signed him off the Panthers’ practice squad December 6, 2007.

Grigsby (6-3, 260, 4.85) is a good fit as a 4-3 end and has some pass-rush potential.  He isn’t going to seriously threaten for significant playing time with the Vikings but does provide legitimate depth should it come to that.

Here are some additional links on Grigsby:

NFL.com | KFFL | ESPN.com | Panthers.com | Charlotte.com

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