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Vikings Free Agency 2012: Team Unlikely To Re-Sign Visanthe Shiancoe

Visanthe Shiancoe is probably the biggest name of the Minnesota Vikings' in-house free agents, but the likelihood of him getting re-signed by Minnesota is quite low.

The Vikings are a team that is looking to get younger, and Shiancoe turns 32 this August, which means that Shiancoe really doesn't fit into their plans. His play has declined in each of the past two seasons, as he has hauled in just five touchdown passes in the past two seasons after a career-high 11 scoring catches in 2009.

Shiancoe came to the Vikings prior to the 2007 season after a four-year stint with the New York Giants. He was selected by the Giants on the third round (91st overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Morgan State University. Of his 243 career catches, 208 of them have come in his five seasons with Minnesota. He has also accumulated 2,424 receiving yards and 24 touchdown catches over the course of his career in purple and gold.

Shiancoe will likely catch on somewhere, as he is still a good receiving target and can be particularly effective in the red zone, but barring something miraculous happening, we've seen the last of him in a Vikings uniform.

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