Vikings re-sign free agents Ellison, Sherels

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed tight end Rhett Ellison and cornerback Marcus Sherels.

The deals were done Tuesday.

Ellison is coming off surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon in his right knee, an injury that kept him out of Minnesota's playoff game. The fourth-round draft pick in 2012, who has become a key run blocker and a reliable receiver on the limited opportunities he's had to catch the ball, is not quite halfway through the six-month recovery.

Ellison, who also lines up as a fullback at times, has 458 yards and three touchdowns receiving over four years.

Sherels will enter his seventh NFL season. He holds the third-best career average for punt return yardage in Vikings history.

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