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Vikings Sign CB Lito Sheppard

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Vikings Sign CB Lito Sheppard

ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent cornerback Lito Sheppard to a one-year deal worth $2 million dollars.

Sheppard, 29, was chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 26th overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft. Sheppard has started 61 of his 104 career games in the NFL, totaling 284 tackles, 2 quarterback sacks, and 19 interceptions, returning three for touchdowns.

Sheppard earned Pro Bowl honors following the 2004 and 2006 seasons.

Traded by the Eagles to the New York Jets last off-season in exchange for a fifth-round pick (Cornelius Ingram) last season, and a conditional pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Sheppard started eight of his 11 games with the Jets, totaling 31 tackles and one interception. Sheppard also started two of the Jets' three post-season games, making 9 tackles and breaking up one pass. Sheppard was due to receive a $10 million dollar option bonus this off-season, which prompted the Jets to release him.

With starting cornerback Antoine Winfield rehabbing a foot injury this off-season, and fellow starter Cedric Griffin coming back from a torn ACL suffered during overtime of the 2009 NFC Championship Game, Sheppard provides the Vikings with valuable veteran dept at the cornerback position.

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