EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings have added to their group of edge rushers.
Minnesota signed former Broncos outside linebacker Andre Mintze, the team announced Monday.
Mintze (pronounced MINTS) is entering his second NFL season. As an undrafted rookie with Denver in 2021, he appeared in six games before landing on Injured Reserve with a hamstring injury. Mintze recorded four tackles (two solo) on defense. He played 64 defensive snaps and 69 on special teams.
Prior to starting his NFL career, Mintze played at Vanderbilt University. He totaled 75 tackles (44 solo), 8.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a pass defensed in 43 games with the Commodores.
Mintze attended Imhotep Institute (Philadelphia), where as a senior he racked up 53 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 14 sacks. That season, he helped lead the team to a 15-0 record and PIAA 3A State Championship.
Passionate about making an impact off the field, as well, Mintze in 2019 started "Dancing Dores," a Dance Marathon fundraising competition between Vanderbilt athletic programs in support of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.
Mintze earned two degrees in December 2019: cinema and media arts; and medicine, health and society.
Mintze and Vikings cornerback Nate Hairston will be reunited in Minnesota after being teammates in Denver last season.