<
>

Vikings to sign former Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings brought another one of Mike Zimmer's former players to Minnesota on Tuesday afternoon, boosting their linebacker depth in the process.

According to a league source, the Vikings will sign former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Emmanuel Lamur, who spent his first two years in the NFL with Zimmer, to a two-year contract. The 6-foot-4 linebacker played in nine games for the Bengals in 2012 -- before missing all of 2013 with a shoulder injury -- and started 15 games over the last two years with Cincinnati.

Lamur played the strong-side linebacker position in the Bengals' defense, and should slide into a similar role with the Vikings, where he can provide depth behind Anthony Barr. The Vikings also reportedly agreed to a deal with former Detroit Lions linebacker Travis Lewis on Wednesday; both players should boost an already-solid group of special teams units, in addition to giving the Vikings options behind their starting linebackers.

Lamur will be the fourth former Bengals defender to sign with the Vikings since Zimmer became the head coach in 2014, following safeties Chris Crocker and Taylor Mays and cornerback Terence Newman.