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Vikings sign two linebackers, including (another) Mike Zimmer

Posted by: Matt Vensel under Vikings, Bears Updated: May 19, 2014 - 2:21 PM

The Vikings announced today that they have signed linebacker Mike Zimmer.

No, not that Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer, a veteran linebacker who was last with the Jacksonville Jaguars, tried out for the Vikings during their rookie minicamp and was signed along with fellow linebacker Dom DeCicco.

Zimmer spent the 2013 training camp with the Jaguars and played four preseason games after signing with them as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois State. No, he is not related to Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, nor is he the same person as far as we know, though we haven't technically seen them at the same place at the same time.

The "other Mike Zimmer," from the Jacksonville Jaguars web site.

DeCicco has spent time with the Bears and Buccaneers. He made 12 special-teams tackles for the Bears in 2011 and 2012.

To make room on the roster, the Vikings waived quarterback Travis Partridge and guard Conor Boffeli, who had signed as rookie free agents after the draft.

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