Report: Lito Sheppard lands in Minnesota

You can go ahead and cross the word “cornerback” off the list of top priorities for the Minnesota Vikings heading into Thursday’s draft.

The defending NFC North champions reached an agreement with cornerback Lito Sheppard earlier today, per a tweet from Adam Schefter of

According to the report, it’s a one-year deal worth $2 million.

A former Pro Bowler, Sheppard spent the first seven years of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles before being traded to the Jets last offseason. He’s amassed 19 interceptions and scored three touchdowns in 70 career starts.

The move adds some much-needed depth to a Minnesota secondary that saw Cedric Griffin tear his ACL in the NFC Championship game. In addition, 32-year-old Antoine Winfield spent a good portion of the 2009 season battling a foot injury.

Now that the Vikings have addressed the secondary they have a little more latitude with the 30th pick in the first round—a pick some wouldn’t be surprised to see used on Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

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