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Vikings Sign Veteran Linebacker Tanner Vallejo


EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Sunday announced the signing of veteran linebacker Tanner Vallejo after a workout at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center.

In order to make room for Vallejo on the roster, the Vikings waived linebacker William Kwenkeu with an injury designation.

Vallejo brings 82 games of experience (eight starts) to the Vikings. He was selected out of Boise State by Buffalo in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.


He has totaled 114 tackles, six tackles for loss, six quarterback hits, 2.5 sacks, two passes defensed and three forced fumbles.

After appearing in 15 games as a rookie, Vallejo was waived ahead of the 2018 season and claimed by Cleveland. He played 13 games for the Browns and made one start that season.

Vallejo spent the 2019 offseason with Arizona after he was claimed off waivers, but the Cardinals waived him during roster cuts.

View photos of Vikings LB Tanner Vallejo who signed with the team on August 13.

Washington claimed Vallejo that September when Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell was the offensive coordinator there. He appeared in nine games for Washington before his release in November.

Vallejo returned to Arizona as a member of the team's practice squad and appeared in two games before landing on Injured Reserve.

The California native found a longer home in Arizona, playing there the next three seasons. Since 2020, Vallejo has appeared in 43 games and made seven starts for the Cardinals. He set career highs for snaps on defense (280) and special teams (375) in 2022.