EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Thursday announced that they have officially agreed to terms on a deal with defensive tackle Michael Pierce.
Pierce was listed at 6-feet tall and 340 pounds by the Baltimore Ravens team site.
Here are five things to know about the newest Vikings defensive lineman.
1. Half and half
Pierce has played in 60 career games, all with the Ravens. He started 30 of them, including 14 during the 2019 season. Pierce played in a 3-4 defensive scheme with Baltimore. Although Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer has run a 4-3 front in Minnesota, he mentioned at the combine that Minnesota could tinker with 3-4 looks going forward when questioned about the hiring of Senior Defensive Assistant Dom Capers.
According to his bio by the Ravens PR staff, Pierce said he modeled his game after Vince Wilfork and B.J. Raji, the latter of whom played for Capers in Green Bay.
2. Former Ravens run-stuffer
The 27-year-old recorded 151 total tackles (according to NFL.com stats), with 3.5 sacks and two pass deflections with Baltimore. He was a key piece to the Ravens run defense, which finished in the top 5 in yards allowed per game in three of the past four seasons.
3. Small-school guy
Pierce signed with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent in the spring of 2016 after a strong collegiate career at Samford University. He had 130 total tackles (including 19.0 tackles for loss) along with 4.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 34 career games with the Bulldogs.
4. Big man in the middle
Pierce is now the heaviest Viking on the roster. That distinction was held in recent years by defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who was listed at 329 pounds. Joseph was released on March 13.
5. He's, uh, strong
Pierce posted the following video of himself while training six weeks before the 2016 NFL Draft.
He squatted 725 pounds in college at Samford.