Reports: Vikings tender Jefferson and Sherels

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — According to reports, the Minnesota Vikings have tendered offers to cornerback A.J. Jefferson and returner/cornerback Marcus Sherels before NFL free agency opens Tuesday.

Jefferson, who was acquired from the Arizona Cardinals in a preseason trade last year, was a restricted free agent and received the low restricted tender of $1.33 million, as first reported by the Baltimore Sun. The tender will allow Minnesota to match any offer Jefferson, as a restricted free agent, will receive from any other team during free agency.

Jefferson, 24, had 31 tackles and one fumble recovery last year for the Vikings as a reserve cornerback.

Sherels, 25, was offered a one-year, $555,000 deal as an exclusive rights free agent on Monday, according to Sherels, Minnesota’s top punt returner last year, would have been a free agent if the Vikings didn’t offer Sherels a contract.

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