EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- While the Minnesota Vikings are conducting visits with Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton, they managed to get a little business done with one of their own players.
They re-signed defensive tackle Fred Evans to a one-year deal, according to a league source, bringing back the 30-year-old tackle for an eighth season in Minnesota. Evans played 34 percent of the Vikings' defensive snaps last year while sharing time with Letroy Guion. He will give the team another nose tackle to spell Linval Joseph, who signed a five-year, $31.5 million deal with the team Tuesday.
The move probably doesn't have much effect on the Vikings' pursuit of Melton, who is coming off a torn ACL a year after the Bears placed the franchise tag on him. He made $8.5 million last season and might be looking for a bigger role (and consequently a bigger contract) than the Vikings could offer him while sharing time with Sharrif Floyd. But if the Vikings did sign Melton, they'd play him at the three-technique tackle position, not the nose tackle.
Signing Evans, though, does mean the Vikings are effectively set at nose tackle, barring injuries.