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Vikings Free Agency 2012: Jerome Felton Set To Visit Tuesday

The Minnesota Vikings are on the lookout for smaller pieces to supplement their offense. While they've brought in John Carlson and have been repeatedly linked to various offensive linemen in the NFL Draft, it all seems to be about helping Christian Ponder. Now, they're looking into bringing in someone who could help the running game, and possibly protect Ponder a bit, as well.

ESPN is reporting that the Vikings are going to bring fullback Jerome Felton in for a visit. The team is apparently a fan of his, having submitted a waiver claim for him in September of 2011, but didn't have priority over the Carolina Panthers. Felton has played for the Detroit Lions, and was drafted by them in 2008. He played three seasons with them, before joining the Panthers - who eventually cut him in November, at which point Felton joined the Colts.

Now he's an unrestricted free agent, and scheduled to visit the Vikings on Tuesday. Minnesota is looking for an upgrade at the position, without a real true fullback on the roster. Jimmy Kleinsasser made it easier to go without one, but he's since retired and Felton could be an interesting pickup.

He hasn't necessarily been cut due to lacking play, he's just been expendable as a fullback from teams who don't really run a system that requires a lead blocker like him. Still young at 25 years-old, he could be come a productive member of a rushing attack that needs to be strong to supplement Ponder.

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