The Vikings announced this morning that they have re-signed tight end Rhett Ellison, their best blocker at that position. Terms were not disclosed.
Ellison, a fourth-round pick in 2012, has played 58 games for the Vikings, starting 35. He has 42 career catches for 458 yards and three touchdowns.
In 15 games last season, he had 11 catches for 124 yards and a score.
While he can make plays when targeted in the passing game, Ellison is more valuable as a blocker, particularly in the running game. The 27-year-old tight end is also a valuable contributor on special teams.
Now that Ellison is under contract, he can continue to rehab at Winter Park from the torn patellar tendon he suffered in his right knee in the regular season finale. His original recovery timetable was set at six months.