Vikings Sign Safety Xavier Woods as Defensive Overhaul Continues

Photo: James D. Smith - Dallas Cowboys

Since the bell rang on free agency just 10 days ago, the Minnesota Vikings have been on a mission to repair their broken defense. Saturday was no different when Spielman went out and signed safety, Xavier Woods, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys.

Woods is just 24 years old, but carries four full years of NFL experience. He started just four games in his freshman season but has been a starter for every game he has taken the field for since. According to Chris Tomasson (Pioneer Press), Minnesota tried to get Woods under contract at the veterans minimum earlier in the week but had to go back to the piggy bank to get the deal done.

Bargain shopping

As you can tell by the tweets embedded above, the Minnesota Vikings locked down Xavier Woods on a bargain deal, even if they had to come back with a better offer the second time around. On top of that, Mike Zimmer’s defense is looking a lot less like a pile of recycled strainers.

The Vikings have found a way to significantly improve both the interior of their defensive line and the many holes in their secondary with ten days worth of free agency moves. We’ll see if Slick Rick has any moves left up his sleeve before the draft takes place next month.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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