Vikings sign CB Benny Sapp
Benny Sapp was sitting at home in Florida, waiting for the phone
to ring for 10 weeks after he was cut by the Miami Dolphins in Week
The veteran cornerback was starting to wonder if he was ever
going to play again, until the Minnesota Vikings finally called
this week. Perhaps as desperate for a defensive back as Sapp was
for work, the Vikings signed him to a one-year deal on Wednesday to
try to help plug the holes in a depleted secondary.
”There was a point in time I thought I wasn’t going to play
football again,” Sapp said. ”That was probably the lowest of my
Now he finds himself back in Minnesota, surrounded by familiar
faces and eager to get back in the middle of the action.
The eighth-year pro played for the Vikings in 2008 and 2009 and
became a popular player in the locker room for his chatty and
good-natured disposition. He was traded to the Miami Dolphins, who
cut him after the loss to the Patriots this season.
”I gave him a big hug when he got here this morning,”
linebacker Erin Henderson said. ”We’ve been lobbying for him for a
The Vikings just need bodies in the secondary right now and
chose Sapp because of his familiarity with their system. Antoine
Winfield was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday with a broken
clavicle and Chris Cook is not with the team while he deals with
domestic battery charges.
”We still have confidence in the guys that are there, but we’re
definitely thinner than we’d like to be,” coach Leslie Frazier
Sapp intercepted two passes and had eight passes defensed in his
two seasons with the Vikings and said he’s ready to step into
whatever role the coaches want him to fill.
”Now in my career, I think I’m capable of playing anywhere they
need me to play,” Sapp said. ”I just hope I can bring that hard
work and effort.”
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