Free-agent wide receiver Tajae Sharpe has agreed to a contract with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced Wednesday.
A source confirmed to ESPN that Sharpe would sign a one-year deal.
Sharpe, 25, had 25 receptions for 329 yards and a career-high four touchdowns last season, his fourth with the Tennessee Titans.
The Vikings are in the process of filling the void left by Stefon Diggs, who was traded to the Buffalo Bills last week for four draft picks, including the No. 22 overall selection.
Sharpe will be in the mix for Minnesota’s No. 2 receiver spot opposite Adam Thielen. During his time with Tennessee, Sharpe emerged as a possession receiver whose ideal fit is on the outside, though he did register 102 snaps in the slot last season.
With a run-first offense, Minnesota relies primarily on its top two receivers in the passing game. With Thielen missing nearly two months with a hamstring injury in 2019, the discrepancy between Diggs (1,130 yards) and Thielen (418) and the Vikings’ other receivers — Bisi Johnson (294 yards), Laquon Treadwell (184), Chad Beebe (70) and Alexander Hollins (46) — was noticeable.
It will likely take more than a late free-agent signing to replace Diggs’ production, as he topped 1,000 yards receiving in each of the past two seasons. Minnesota has five selections among the top 105 picks and could look to draft a receiver in the early rounds to compete for the No. 2 job in training camp.
Sharpe appeared in 15 games for the Titans last season but made just six starts in a reduced role, getting on the field for 431 snaps on offense, a career low.
He has appeared in 47 games, starting 29 of them, since Tennessee selected him in the fifth round of the 2016 draft and has 92 receptions for 1,167 yards and eight touchdowns.
Sharpe missed the entire 2017 season because of a right foot injury.
He is a budding music producer and hip-hop artist as part of a group called GMR — short for Get Money Regardless. Last March, he released a self-financed mixtape that was produced and recorded in New Jersey under a label he and his team created, Band Gang Entertainment (BGE).
Vikings Ink Veteran DE Zettel
EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings have agreed to terms with veteran defensive end Anthony Zettel, the team announced Wednesday.
The addition of Zettel brings experience to a young defensive line group. He has appeared in 49 regular-season games since his selection in the sixth round by the Detroit Lions in 2016.
Zettel recorded all 16 of his career starts in his second pro season with Detroit, including a monster game in Week 4 against the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Zettel recorded 2.0 sacks, four quarterback hits and recovered a fumble in a 14-7 win by the Lions.
The native of West Branch, Michigan, was waived by Detroit at the start of the 2018 season and claimed by Cleveland. He played 15 games for the Browns but was waived before the 2019 season kicked off.
Zettel then landed in Cincinnati and played in four games for the Bengals. He signed with San Francisco prior to the 2019 regular-season finale in which the 49ers claimed the No. 1 overall seed.
Zettel played in all three of San Francisco’s postseason games, including Super Bowl LIV.
Prior to making it to the NFL, Zettel played collegiately at Penn State and turned in a First-Team All-Big Ten season in 2014, recording 17 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks and three interceptions while playing on the edge and interior of the defensive line.
Zettel finished his Nittany Lions career with 38 tackles for loss, 20 sacks, 14 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown against Ohio State in 2014.