EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings have added another Dalvin, but this one plays defense.
Minnesota announced Wednesday afternoon that it has agreed to terms with defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson to a multiyear contract.
Tomlinson is expected to team with fellow defensive tackle Michael Pierce (whose return is expected in 2021) to help boost a Vikings run defense that ranked 27th with 134.4 rushing yards allowed per game in 2020.
Minnesota allowed 95-plus rushing yards in all but one game this past season and gave up a season-worst 264 rushing yards (and seven rushing scores) on Christmas Day against the Saints.
View photos of new Vikings DT Dalvin Tomlinson who recently joined the team.
Tomlinson, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 318 pounds, was a 2017 second-round pick by the Giants.
The 27-year-old was durable with New York, starting all 64 games in his first four pro seasons. The former Alabama standout has 207 total tackles, 8.0 sacks, five pass deflections and a forced fumble in the NFL.
He tallied 3.5 sacks in each of the past two seasons and is capable of playing along the interior defensive line, potentially lining up alongside Pierce or filling in for him at nose tackle.
The Giants featured Tomlinson's effectiveness in an "Inside the Film Room" segment hosted by Bob Papa with analysis from Carl Banks:
Tomlinson was the No. 22 overall free agent and the top-ranked defensive tackle in NFL.com's list of the Top 101.
The analytics website Pro Football Focus gave Tomlinson an overall grade of 75.1 in 2020, which ranked 28th among all interior defensive linemen. Minnesota's highest-graded defensive tackle in 2020 was Shamar Stephen at 61.7. The Vikings released Stephen Tuesday. Pierce opted out of the season due to COVID-19.
Tomlinson also is quite active in the community. He was the Giants nominee for the 2020 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.
According to pro-football-reference.com, there have been only two players in NFL history with the first name 'Dalvin', and now both Tomlinson and Cook play for the Vikings.