EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Wednesday announced they have agreed to terms with former Rams linebacker Troy Reeder and receiver Brandon Powell, who helped Los Angeles win Super Bowl LVI.
The deals reconnect Reeder and Powell with Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell, who overlapped in L.A. with Reeder from 2020-21 and with Powell in 2021.
Reeder first joined the Rams as an undrafted free agent out of Delaware in 2019. He totaled 230 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, eight quarterback hits, 5.0 sacks, eight passes defensed, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in starting 25 of 49 regular-season games.
He started five of six playoff games with the Rams and then rotated in on defense and played special teams in Super Bowl LVI.
View photos of Vikings LB Troy Reeder who the team agreed to terms with on March 22.
Last season, Reeder played in all 17 regular-season games for the Chargers, primarily contributing on special teams. He also recorded a pass defensed and a forced fumble for the Chargers.
Reeder is close friends and a former high school teammate (Salesianum) of Vikings right tackle Brian O'Neill. The pair participated in a jersey swap at U.S. Bank Stadium after the Vikings-Rams game in December 2021 and joined forces last summer to host a football clinic in Delaware.
Reeder began his college career at Penn State (2014-15) before transferring to Delaware (2016-18).
His father, Dan Reeder, was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the fifth round of the 1985 NFL Draft. The running back appeared in 13 games over the course of the 1986-87 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Powell played for the Rams in 2021 and 2022 after spending the 2018 season in Detroit and 2019-20 in Atlanta.
Powell started his NFL career as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2018. That preseason, he tied for the lead in catches (16) on just 20 targets and averaged 15.7 yards per punt return.
In four active seasons, Powell totaled 47 catches for 354 yards and two touchdowns offensively. He's also contributed significantly in the return game. He has 49 career punt returns for 470 total yards and one return touchdown (61 yards against the Vikings in 2021). He's also averaged 21.0 yards on 65 kickoff returns.
View photos of Vikings WR Brandon Powell who the team agreed to terms with on March 22.
All told, Powell has played against the Vikings four times, including a 2020 contest in which he totaled 48 yards on two kickoff returns and 36 yards on three punt returns for the Falcons. The long runback gave Los Angeles a 20-10 lead midway through the third quarter.
Powell is a native of Deerfield Beach, Florida, where he shined on his high school football team and then started his career at Florida as a running back. As a sophomore with the Gators, Powell made the switch to receiver. He recorded 45 catches for 387 yards and two touchdowns during his junior season; as a senior, he had a team-high 42 receptions for 406 yards and three touchdowns.