EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — One Mike Zimmer and two total Zimmers weren’t enough for the Minnesota Vikings.
Minnesota signed linebacker Mike Zimmer on Monday after he was part of the team’s rookie minicamp last weekend. Zimmer, no relation to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, was an undrafted free agent out of Illinois State last year and played in four preseason games with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The team also signed linebacker Dom DeCicco, a three-year player from Pittsburgh, who had spent time with the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
DeCicco and Zimmer will play for, of course, Vikings linebacker coach Adam Zimmer, the head coach’s son.
Minnesota released quarterback Travis Partridge and guard Conor Boffeli, who had signed with the team last week after going undrafted.
Zimmer, the linebacker, was a first-team, All-Missouri Valley Football Conference player in 2012 after finishing with 127 tackles at Illinois State.
DeCicco was undrafted in 2011 and spent 20 games with the Bears during the 2011-12 seasons, recording 12 special teams tackles. He played in three preseason games for Tampa Bay last season.
Adding to the curiosity, coach Mike Zimmer also came from Illinois State, where he played quarterback and linebacker from 1974-76.