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    A.J. Jefferson signs restricted free agent deal

    Minnesota Vikings: A.J. Jefferson signs restricted free agent deal
    By Ben Goessling
    bgoessling@pioneerpress.comtwincities.com
    Posted: 04/12/2013 12:01:00 AM CDT
    April 12, 2013 5:13 PM GMTUpdated: 04/12/2013 12:13:42 PM CDT


    Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
    Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson has signed his restricted free agent tender, the team announced Friday, April 12.

    Jefferson, who was acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals last August, wound up playing more than 60 percent of the Vikings' defensive snaps in 2012, seeing more consistent playing time after Chris Cook broke a bone in his forearm in November. The Vikings acquired him because of his press coverage skills, and though he struggled at times last season, he figures to compete for time as a nickel cornerback, and could fight with Josh Robinson for a starting spot opposite Cook.

    The Vikings had placed the low tender on Jefferson, who was a restricted free agent. That means he will make $1.323 million in 2013, and while another team could have signed Jefferson -- who went undrafted out of Fresno State -- without draft pick compensation, the Vikings could have matched any offer made to the defensive back.

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    Minnesota Vikings: A.J. Jefferson signs restricted free agent deal
    By Ben Goessling
    bgoessling@pioneerpress.comtwincities.com
    Posted: 04/12/2013 12:01:00 AM CDT
    April 12, 2013 5:13 PM GMTUpdated: 04/12/2013 12:13:42 PM CDT


    Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
    Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson has signed his restricted free agent tender, the team announced Friday, April 12.

    Jefferson, who was acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals last August, wound up playing more than 60 percent of the Vikings' defensive snaps in 2012, seeing more consistent playing time after Chris Cook broke a bone in his forearm in November. The Vikings acquired him because of his press coverage skills, and though he struggled at times last season, he figures to compete for time as a nickel cornerback, and could fight with Josh Robinson for a starting spot opposite Cook.

    The Vikings had placed the low tender on Jefferson, who was a restricted free agent. That means he will make $1.323 million in 2013, and while another team could have signed Jefferson -- who went undrafted out of Fresno State -- without draft pick compensation, the Vikings could have matched any offer made to the defensive back.
    A.J. Jefferson signs restricted free agent tender with Vikings
    Posted by: Dan Wiederer Updated: April 12, 2013 - 12:18 PM
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    . The Vikings have announced today that cornerback A.J. Jefferson has signed his restricted free agent tender, officially returning to the team for 2013. Jefferson, who was undrafted out of Fresno State in 2010, came to Minnesota via a trade last September. He wound up starting seven games, thrust into a heightened role in the second half of the season after Chris Cook broke his wrist in a Week 8 loss to Tampa Bay.

    Jefferson became a restricted free agent last month but there was never any doubt that he'd be back with the Vikings.

    According to team stats, Jefferson recorded 31 tackles and 13 passes defensed last season. Upon Cook's return late in the year, he slid inside as the Vikings' nickel back. But he may have an elevated role again in 2013 depending on what the Vikings do in the draft and how the free-agent decision of Antoine Winfield plays out.

    At present, the Vikings' top three corners under contract are Cook. Josh Robinson and Jefferson. Winfield, meanwhile, remains a free agent 31 days after the Vikings released him. Winfield visited with the Redskins two weeks ago and was in Seattle this week exploring his options. Despite reports earlier this week that the Seahawks may have been closing in on a deal with Winfield, the 35-year-old cornerback remains unsigned. And all indications are that the Vikings are still making a push to bring Winfield back.

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