Minnesota Vikings add LBs Emmanuel Lamur, Travis Lewis; Alex Boone deal official

By The Sports Xchange  |  March 11, 2016 at 12:52 AM
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The Minnesota Vikings added a pair of free-agent linebackers Thursday, agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with Emmanuel Lamur and officially signing Travis Lewis.

Both are entering their fifth NFL seasons, with Lamur leaving the Cincinnati Bengals and Lewis coming over from NFC North rival Detroit.

Lamur played for Vikings coach Mike Zimmer when he was the Bengals' defensive coordinator, and is likely to compete for a starting job alongside Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks - especially if Chad Greenway is not re-signed or opts to retire. Minnesota also re-signed Audie Cole, who finished last season on injured reserve but is a valued reserve who could also factor into the competition for the third starting spot.

Lewis also provides depth, and was second on the Lions with eight special teams tackles last season.

Lamur, 26, had 32 tackles while playing all 16 regular-season games in 2015. His best season came in 2014 when he had 90 tackles and two interceptions.

Minnesota also officially announced the signing of guard Alex Boone.

The Vikings agreed to terms Wednesday on a multi-year deal with Boone, a 28-year-old Ohio State product who started 59 games -- all in the past four years -- in six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

Boone had been a contract holdout in San Francisco the past two offseasons. In Minnesota, he is reunited with new offensive line coach Tony Sparano, who was with the 49ers in 2015.

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