MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings had interest in Patrick Peterson when free agency began. They didn't think they had a legitimate chance to sign the eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback.

Peterson's agent called general manager Rick Spielman last week to gauge their interest. Two hours later, a deal was done.

Peterson will begin his 11th season in the NFL. He'll bring a badly needed boost of experience to a position group that struggled last year. Peterson says he believes he'll benefit from the “new scenery” and “fresh air” of joining a new team.

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Commenting on Peterson's accomplishments on the team website, the Vikings add:

Peterson's pedigree — the No. 5 overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft out of LSU — and performance — three All-Pro First-Team selections by The Associated Press and eight consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl (2011-18) — have made him a household name.

Last week the Vikings made another free agent acquisition in signing former New York Giants defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson. Tomlinson led the Giants in tackles with 207, and tackles for loss with 21, since joining New York in 2017 as a second-round pick.

The 2021 NFL Draft is coming up Thursday, April 29th through Saturday, May 1st.

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