Apparently, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman had a case of March Madness and needed to act. From the Twitterverse comes news this afternoon that the Vikings have signed Nick Taylor to a free agent contract. The news originated courtesy of Pete Pelegrin, whose Twitter profile indicates he writes about Florida Internationa University sports. And Taylor's apparent confirmation on Twitter that he worked out for the Vikings today and quickly signed a deal raises a quick question: Who in the world is Nick Taylor?
Well, he's a 5-foot-10-inch, 165-pound, 25-year-old who not long ago played basketball at Florida International University as a guard. Apparently, he's darn fast, if Pelegrin's reports that Taylor posted a 4.30-second 40-yard dash time at FIU's pro day is accurate.
That speed must have been the first thing to intrigue the Vikings. Pelegrin also indicates that Taylor played last season in a lower-tier arena football league. Don't get it twisted and think the Vikings are investing much in Taylor, who will be a major longshot to make the team. But his signing provides a unique and intriguing March storyline and it will be interesting to see how the organization attempts to use Taylor when training camp begins in Mankato this summer.
A Vikings official has confirmed the signing, which gives the organization Taylor's rights heading into training camp.