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Corey Wootton joining Vikings

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The Vikings have snapped up one of the top remaining defensive free agents.

Bears defensive lineman Corey Wootton has reached a one-year deal with the Vikings, agent Mike McCartney said on Twitter on Thursday night.

Wootton later confirmed the news via his Twitter account.

Wootton started 15 games for Chicago in 2013, recording 34 tackles and three sacks. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Northwestern product has the ability to play outside and inside in Minnesota’s 4-3 scheme. The 26-year-old Wootton had hip surgery in January, but his deal with the Vikings could suggest he is recovering well enough.

A fifth-year pro, Wootton was PFT’s 43rd-ranked free agent. His departure leaves just two unsigned/untagged free agents in PFT’s top 50: defensive end Jared Allen (No. 18) and defensive end/outside linebacker Shaun Phillips (No. 48).

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60 Responses to “Corey Wootton joining Vikings”
  1. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 20, 2014 9:01 PM

    Bummer, I liked Corey…….Purple will look terrible on you, just like everyone else! Except Favre.

  2. vik3z says: Mar 20, 2014 9:02 PM

    another solid under the radar signing for the vikings. zimmer loves those versatile defensive linemen

  3. silentfreedom5 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:03 PM

    he will be a good back up DT/DE. Lead the bears in QB hurries the year he started I believe.

  4. wsperegoiv says: Mar 20, 2014 9:06 PM

    It’s a solid depth signing. Zimmer likes to rotate D-line and it seems the viks have done a good job of bringing in guys to rotate.

  5. valhallaman says: Mar 20, 2014 9:07 PM

    Chalk up another excellent FA acquisition for Zimmer and the Vikes. Things are looking a lot better on the defensive side of the ball at least going into the draft.

  6. vicnocal says: Mar 20, 2014 9:08 PM

    Bears should’ve kept him instead of that bum Shea McClellan.

  7. thepftpoet says: Mar 20, 2014 9:10 PM

    Another great free agent signing by the Historic Vikings!

    We have more depth in our defensive line than any team in the NFC North.

    Even as a backup role, Corey Wootton will shine in Zimmers defense.

    Zimmer will transform our defense into a top 5 unit this year.

  8. mnjoemama says: Mar 20, 2014 9:10 PM

    Should have used the pic of him punishing favre in the snow . Love the signing !! Skol vikes

  9. lovemyqueens says: Mar 20, 2014 9:16 PM

    His first sack ended Favre’s career. :(

  10. hyzers says: Mar 20, 2014 9:18 PM

    Chicago should be fine they just picked up Willie Young.

  11. ariani1985 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:22 PM

    And turd bays gives 34 million guaranteed to a 36 year old. Lol

  12. billbrasky72 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:25 PM

    The guy that ended Favre’s career on the frozen turf of TCF Stadium is coming to MN to play at TCF Stadium. How ironic.

  13. khmer379 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:25 PM

    NFC North champ homeboi!!

  14. GenXJay says: Mar 20, 2014 9:26 PM

    welcome big guy. Zimmer will make you better then ever & you’ll reach your full potential.

  15. Jessica says: Mar 20, 2014 9:33 PM

    I like Izzy but should have brought CW back instead.

  16. skolvikings58 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:34 PM

    nice.

  17. nastyn8770 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:37 PM

    I hate to see this guy go,but I wish him the best of luck in the future.

  18. 2manyconcussions says: Mar 20, 2014 9:43 PM

    This signing really depends on the money and how well he recovers from hip surgery, but this is a solid pickup for the Vikings and adds depth to their defensive line. It appears Wootton’s one-year deal suggest he believes he can come back strong this year and compete for bigger money next year.

  19. robert831 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:50 PM

    Our new defensive front got solid quick. Great signing.

  20. bowhunter8355 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:52 PM

    Depth.

  21. purpleguy says: Mar 20, 2014 9:57 PM

    This makes it even more crystal clear that Kevin Williams won’t be back. I was still hoping they’d give him a one year pre-retirement contract to play part-time.

  22. deflateddome says: Mar 20, 2014 9:59 PM

    In Zimmers defense the DL has a lot of rotation. He will be a great rotational player to spell Griffin or Floyd…

  23. nwfisch says: Mar 20, 2014 10:00 PM

    What a sad day. Leaving the most successful organization in the NFL, the Chicago Bears and joining the most pathetic franchise in the history of the NFL.

    #0SuperBowls

  24. vikescry1 says: Mar 20, 2014 10:02 PM

    que viking fans who think they just won the superbowl…

  25. gojetsgo33 says: Mar 20, 2014 10:04 PM

    The D line should get some pressure. Need some linebackers and CB’s though.

  26. vikingsfan4life says: Mar 20, 2014 10:06 PM

    Que the first two people to comment about the Vikings signing a backup DE for a song. Haters want to hate.

  27. skolvikings58 says: Mar 20, 2014 10:07 PM

    Ever thought why these people the Vikings?, they may just have something with Zimmer, this D-line is looking quite good.

  28. lnfinite says: Mar 20, 2014 10:18 PM

    Good pick up. Vikings defense looks solid in 2014.

  29. jbvikes says: Mar 20, 2014 10:29 PM

    Great signing for rotational D line play! NOW we need a great pass covering nasty LB in the draft. SKOL BABY!

  30. 11dancingditkas says: Mar 20, 2014 10:32 PM

    I’m sorry to see Corey Wooten leave Chicago. He was a hard-working selfless player and seemed like he was primed to take the next step towards being an impact player. Even though he’s headed to Minnesota I wish him the best moving forward (at least in the games not involving the beloved Bears).

  31. sconnyslovethemsomecousins says: Mar 20, 2014 10:55 PM

    Vikings have no problem adding depth to a solid defensive line whenever they get a chance.
    Packer fans have no problem hitting on their cousins whenever they get a chance.

  32. jermainewiggins says: Mar 20, 2014 10:56 PM

    Hey vikescry who said anything about a sb? Just praising a good signing by our team….. go find something better to do than hate on another teams thread. And fisch, does winning one sb 28 years ago make the bears “the most succesful franchise in the nfl”? Lol oh wait I cant forget the nfl championships from about 80 years ago when there were about 8 teams to compete with.

  33. packerenglishmajor says: Mar 20, 2014 11:05 PM

    It’s “cue” not “que” . . . but thanks for playing anyway.

  34. icebowler says: Mar 20, 2014 11:13 PM

    6-6! Probably now the best QB hopeful in Minny.

  35. wnstonchill says: Mar 20, 2014 11:36 PM

    Sorry, but losing a defensive lineman from one of the worst defensive lines in recent NFL history, doesn’t exactly make me sad!

  36. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 20, 2014 11:40 PM

    This surely vaults the Viking D into top 30 territory.

  37. Gordon says: Mar 21, 2014 12:11 AM

    This guy is the definition of mediocre. Nothing special about his play. Just very average…except when he ended Favre’s career. That was fun.

  38. tecmobowl34 says: Mar 21, 2014 12:44 AM

    dude was a non-factor last season. Lost a lot after Marinelli left. Like Bernard Berrian and Devin Aromashadu before him, this guy will disappear when he reaches the Twin Cities

  39. banlarson says: Mar 21, 2014 12:47 AM

    $1.5 million with another $500k in incentives. Nice young player with a lot of potential. Like the signing, the team got a little better today.

  40. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 21, 2014 1:18 AM

    This defensive line will be so good, we won’t need linebackers.

  41. sterling7 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:15 AM

    Now let’s pick up some 340 pound road grading guards with an attitude who don’t get pushed back (like an old lady) into the backfield on passing plays (Charly Johnson)!

  42. 1harrypairatesties says: Mar 21, 2014 8:55 AM

    GM Phil Emery has totally destroyed the Bears defence.

  43. zinjaboy says: Mar 21, 2014 9:10 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 20, 2014 9:22 PM
    And turd bays gives 34 million guaranteed to a 36 year old. Lol

    *************************

    um, no. wrong again. peppers is 34 and only 7.5 million is guaranteed.

  44. whatjusthapped says: Mar 21, 2014 9:22 AM

    Spielman seems to have identified those players who used to have potential and for whatever reason, lost it. Call them career back ups, rotational players, whatever, but when your defense finishes nearest the bottom of the NFL rankings, you need to add impact players, not players off the trash heaps of the other teams.

    Now that Spielman has accumulated enough players to sit on the bench, now he can start to look for some starters.

  45. deflateddome says: Mar 21, 2014 10:41 AM

    but when your defense finishes nearest the bottom of the NFL rankings, you need to add impact players, not players off the trash heaps of the other teams.

    This is the epitome of the Packer logic..

    Packers 31st ranked defense
    Signed a oft injured 34 YO that would have retired if Ted didn’t call.

    Better look in the mirror…The Vikings signed Joseph, Wooten, Cox, yet the Packers have 6 DE busts, and a Raji…scheesch

    I just love this time of year when all the Packer fans have Free Agent envy

  46. zinjaboy says: Mar 21, 2014 11:00 AM

    packers defense was ranked higher than the vikings. by a lot. you are mistaken … again … scheesch.

  47. kabasaman says: Mar 21, 2014 11:31 AM

    I wonder what Brian “Bitter” Urlacher has to say about that?

  48. deflateddome says: Mar 21, 2014 12:36 PM

    packers defense was ranked higher than the vikings. by a lot. you are mistaken … again … scheesch.

    That was last year…Zimmer vs Capers?…No contest….

    Viking signings vs Packer signings…No contest

    The Packers have one player…and TT milks it all the way..surrounding him with UDFA crap and no potential…

  49. zinjaboy says: Mar 21, 2014 1:15 PM

    ah yes, the “wait ’til next year” campaign. are you a cubs fan too?

  50. deflateddome says: Mar 21, 2014 2:56 PM

    No, I play by today…TT keeps taking everything away from Rodgers. Your record keeps going backwards. Soon Rodgers will not be able to overcome, and your habit of one and done, will not even be achievable…

    Look at the votes…others agree…

  51. zinjaboy says: Mar 21, 2014 4:23 PM

    one and done must look pretty good to the vikes at this point. you guys gotta be tired of looking over the fence come playoff time. playing in the post season is fun. friends come over. someone makes an awesome spinach dip. good times.

  52. douglasgreenbriar says: Mar 21, 2014 4:56 PM

    what does skol mean?

  53. duece5 says: Mar 21, 2014 5:54 PM

    Hey zinja……your team went through 2 1/2 DsCADES of LOSING football. We’ve been to the playoffs only 3 out of the last 6 years, so to our standard, no, that is not good.

    We have been to the playoff the most of ANY team in the NFL in the Super Bowl era except Dallas.

    So, yep, we have been there more than you. You must be in your twenties, because you have no clue how TERRIBLE your team was from 1969-1991.

    Trust me, I think you guys had ONE playoff appearance in that timeframe…..yes you were pathetic, little brother.

    There endeth the lesson!!!!!

    The VIKINGS INVENTED spinach dip, by the way!!!!

  54. zinjaboy says: Mar 21, 2014 6:57 PM

    I didn’t want to have to do this but you’ve given me no choice.

    pack regular season winning percentage – .565
    vikings – .541

    pack playoff record – .612
    vikings – .413 (ouch)

    playoff appearances:
    packers – 32 seasons
    vikings – 27

    packer playoffs between 1969 and 1991 – 2 (you said 1 – bzzzzzz)

    packers vs. vikings all time: 55-49-2 packers lead
    points in those games: packers 2,259 vikings 2,028

    but my absolute favorite stat?
    NFL championships: Packers 13, Vikings, drum roll please ….. 0!

    you were right about the spinach dip though. nice pick up. we invented the beer-soaked brat.

  55. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:00 PM

    Fun Fact:

    BJ Raji has more Superbowl TD’s than the entire MN Viking roster

  56. zinjaboy says: Mar 21, 2014 7:08 PM

    ok that is by far the best stat of the day.

  57. deflateddome says: Mar 21, 2014 8:35 PM

    Fun Fact:

    BJ Raji has more Superbowl TD’s than the entire MN Viking roster

    Rumor has it TT made him give it back during negotiations this year. He replaced it with the cubic zirconium ring from the Groundskeeper in reference of his play since 2010

  58. brewdogg says: Mar 22, 2014 5:35 PM

    zinjaboy says: Mar 21, 2014 6:57 PM

    I didn’t want to have to do this but you’ve given me no choice.

    playoff appearances:
    packers – 32 seasons
    vikings – 27
    ——————

    Except that, even if we go back to 1960 when the NFL still consisted of just 12 teams and the Vikings weren’t even around yet, the Packers have 24 playoff appearances.

    And BTW…. By your own numbers, the Vikings have made the playoffs in about half of the seasons they have played, and the Packers less than a third. Oops.

    Do you want to review any of your other numbers?

  59. zinjaboy says: Mar 22, 2014 6:18 PM

    look, i get it. you guys are sick and tired of being kicked around by the packers. it gets old. playing catch up to reach our numbers is frustrating. but remember, it WILL help you become a better team. just hang in there, that’s all.

  60. zinjaboy says: Mar 22, 2014 7:47 PM

    oh, and all my numbers are accurate. why would i review them?

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