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Christopher Gates of SB Nation's Daily Norseman writes that the Minnesota Vikings have signed Ryan Moats to a one year deal.  He will compete for third string running back duties.

But the Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent running back Ryan Moats to a deal, per the good folks at Vikings.com.  Moats joins an already crowded battle to see who will be the third running back for the Vikings behind Adrian Peterson and rookie Toby Gerhart.

Moats is a serviceable running back, and will duke it out with Albert Young, Ian Johnson, and Darius Reynaud for the right to be the third running back on the Vikings' roster.

Judd Zulgad of StarTribune.com writes that Moats is set to make the veteran's minimum of $630,000 and was pleased with the idea of playing for Minnesota.

"My role may be playing on special teams, and wherever I fit in is fine with me," said Moats, who played the past two seasons with Houston. "I'm a team player."

"I just knew once I got the call from Minnesota that it was a good fit for me," Moats said. "For me to know [Childress'] philosophy, what he wants and the type of chemistry he wants between coaches and players and players and players, that's good to know."

Rick Alonzo of the Pioneer Press says the signing should make for an intriguing training camp.

When Chester Taylor departed to Chicago via free agency, the Vikings had a void at a key position. But they appeared to fill that hole by drafting Gerhart. If not, the Vikings have options, which should make training camp competitive.

For more Vikings talk, head over to SB Nation's DailyNorseman.com.

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