After spending much of the first two weeks of free agency addressing the defensive side of the ball, the Vikings continued their aggressive approach on Thursday by adding some depth to the offensive side of the ball with the signing of guard Vladimir Ducasse.
Ducasse joins last year's starting guards Brandon Fusco Charlie Johnson, along with last year's sixth-round choice, Jeff Baca, and Josh Samuda as the guards currently under contract for the Vikings.
Measuring in at 6-5, 325-pounds, Ducasse will be just 26 when the 2014 season starts and is entering his fifth NFL season. He has played in all 16 games the past three seasons with five starts, including four last year.
A second-round pick of the NY Jets in 2010 at of the University of Massachusetts, Ducasse became the first UMass player drafted since linebacker Khari Samuel in 1999.
-- A native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Ducasse moved to the United States in 2002.
-- Ducasse is the highest Minuteman taken since Greg Landry was the 11th overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the 1968 NFL Draft.