Vikings Sign Former Cardinals CB, Byron Murphy Jr

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The Minnesota Vikings have become suddenly methodical in their free agency approach over the last 24 hours, signing, re-signing, cutting and restructuring their way into cap compliance. Then on Tuesday night, on the eve of a new league year, GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah finally splashed, signing one of the best cornerbacks on the market, Byron Murphy Jr. It’s a 2-year, $22 million deal.

Who is Byron Murphy Jr?

Murphy is 24-years-old and has four years of NFL experience. Clearly, Kwesi has a type. He is into young players who have yet to hit their potential. Those types of players want shorter, prove-it type deals and, in theory, they should be hungry.

Through three seasons, Byron Murphy Jr stayed pretty healthy, logging about 2800 snaps and playing nearly every game. He suffered a grade 2 lower back strain halfway through 2022, however, and was placed on the injured reserve for the final 9 weeks of the season.

PFF is luke warm on Murphy. Others love him. But one thing is for sure. The Minnesota Vikings have their new CB1.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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