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Vikings Sign OLB Benton Whitley from Chiefs Practice Squad


EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Wednesday announced they have signed rookie outside linebacker Benton Whitley from the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad.

Listed at 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, Whitley originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Rams earlier this year.

He was waived in late August and signed as a member of the Chiefs practice squad.

Whitley, 23, played collegiately at Holy Cross from 2017-21, earning First-Team All-Patriot League honors in his final three seasons as a defensive end. The 2020 season was shortened and played in spring 2021 because of COVID-19.

The native of Springfield, Massachusetts, appeared in 42 games, recording 111 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, two passes defended and one forced fumble for the Crusaders.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 14, 2023.