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Vikings Free Agency 2012: Minnesota Inks Lex Hilliard To One-Year Deal

The Minnesota Vikings beefed up their stable of tailbacks on Sunday by agreeing to a one-year contract with former Miami Dolphins running back Lex Hilliard.

Hilliard, who lists at 5-foot-11 and 240 pounds, will add much needed depth to a position that has been debilitated by injuries in recent years. Despite only carrying the ball 16 times last season with Miami, Hilliard is expected to fight for time as a lead blocker and goal-line back.

A sixth-round draft pick in 2008, Hilliard played college ball in his home state of Montana for the Montana Grizzlies, where he accumulated 4,106 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns.

Seeing as how the Vikings shelled out $25 million to tight end John Carlson last week, it's clear this organization is actively trying improve on the offensive side of the ball. Hilliard represents a small piece of the puzzle, but an important one nonetheless.

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