Free-agent defensive end Mike Montgomery agreed to a one-year deal with the Vikings on Monday after spending the day visiting with team officials. Montgomery is the second free agent of note to join the Vikings this offseason, joining kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd.

A sixth-round pick by Green Bay out of Texas A&M in 2005, Montgomery was released by the Packers this month. He had dealt with injuries in 2009 and also was not considered a real fit for the new 3-4 defensive scheme that had been put into place by coordinator Dom Capers.

Montgomery, who is 6-5, 282 pounds, had his best season in 2008, when he recorded 2.5 sacks and 59 tackles in 14 games. He made the only eight starts of his career that season. The Packers thought enough of Montgomery's contribution that season that they signed him to a two-year contract a year ago.

Montgomery, 26, has five career sacks and will backup at the end positions. He also could slide inside to provide rushing help on passing downs.



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