EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings have added to their linebacker corps.
Minnesota agreed to terms with former Rams and Chargers linebacker Troy Reeder, the team announced Wednesday.
Reeder started his NFL career in 2019, when he signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent. He started eight of 16 games that season and totaled 58 tackles (36 solo). In three seasons with the Rams, he played 49 games (25 starts) and racked up 230 solo tackles. Reeder overlapped in Los Angeles with Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell from 2020-21.
Reeder joined the Chargers for the 2022 season and played in all 17 games, contributing primarily on special teams.
View photos of Vikings LB Troy Reeder who the team agreed to terms with on March 22.
Here are five things to know about the Vikings new linebacker:
1. Reunited with an old friend
A Delaware native, Reeder attended Salesianum High School with Vikings right tackle Brian O'Neill.
When the Vikings and Rams played each other in December 2021, Reeder and O'Neill swapped jerseys postgame and took a stroll down memory lane.
"You were a lot skinnier back in the day but still a hell of a lead blocker," Reeder ribbed O'Neill in his Instagram caption.
Reeder was named First-Team All-State at linebacker and was named the 2013 Delaware Defensive Player of the Year.
2. From Penn State to Delaware
Reeder started his college career at Penn State. After redshirting his freshman year and then starting for the Lions in 2015, he transferred to Delaware for his final three seasons of eligibility.
During his senior season with Delaware, Reeder played the Mike inside linebacker spot for the Blue Hens while also making an impact on special teams.
Reeder totaled 131 tackles (63 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and one interception for Delaware in 2018.
3. Family of athletes
Troy's father, Dan, also excelled on the football field.
Dan played fullback and linebacker at Delaware and then was drafted by the Raiders but did not appear in a game for them. He did go on to join the Steelers and played two seasons for Pittsburgh.
Cheryl Reeder, Troy's mother, played basketball at Elizabethtown College and was part of the 1982 NCAA Division III National Championship team.
Troy and his brother Colby played together at Delaware before Colby transferred to Iowa State.
4. New dad
Troy and his wife Mary welcomed a son, Beau Daniel Reeder, to their family on Feb. 15, 2023.
Troy and Mary started dating as 17-year-olds and have been together since.
5. Community oriented
Reeder has been involved with community initiatives throughout his football career.
He has especially strong ties to the B+ Foundation, which he first became connected to during his time at the University of Delaware. In 2019 and 2020, he represented the nonprofit for the Rams My Cause My Cleats games, urging others to join in raising childhood cancer awareness.