EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings have made their first outside addition of free agency.
Minnesota announced Tuesday that it has agreed to terms with Jordan Hicks, a linebacker who spent the past three seasons with the Cardinals.
Hicks was released by Arizona last week, meaning he was free to sign with any team ahead of the official start of free agency at 3 p.m. (CT) Wednesday.
The 29-year-old Hicks joins a linebackers group that includes Eric Kendricks, Blake Lynch, Chazz Surratt, Ryan Connelly, Troy Dye and Tuf Borland under contract for 2022. Anthony Barr and Nick Vigil are scheduled to be free agents.
View photos of new Vikings LB Jordan Hicks who joined the team during free agency.
Hicks started all of the 49 possible regular-season games for the Cardinals over the past three seasons, racking up 384 total tackles, according to pro-football-reference.com. He also posted 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and four interceptions.
His streak of 51 consecutive starts is the third-longest active streak among NFL linebackers.
Hicks was a 2015 third-round pick by the Eagles out of Texas and spent the first four years of his career with Philadelphia. His tenure there included a win in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium, although Hicks was on Injured Reserve for the Eagles playoff run.
His best season came in 2016 when he recorded five interceptions and had 11 passes defended. He recorded a sack, three tackles for loss and 11 total tackles in a 21-10 Eagles win over the Vikings that was Minnesota's first loss that season.
Overall, Hicks has 11 career interceptions with one returned for a score. He has also tallied nine forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 10.5 sacks in his career.