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Tight end Brian Leonhardt signs with Vikings

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The Minnesota Vikings signed former San Francisco 49ers tight end Brian Leonhardt on Monday.

Leonhardt has appeared in 16 games over the last two seasons for the 49ers and Oakland Raiders after going undrafted out of Division II Bemidji State University in 2013. He caught six passes for 35 yards and a touchdown in his first season of action with the Raiders in 2014.

Leonhardt signed with the Cleveland Browns last July and spent the first half of the season on the team’s practice squad. After being released by Cleveland in November, he was signed to the 49ers practice squad and promoted to their active roster in December. He appeared in four games with one catch for four yards.

Tony Sparano coached Leonhardt last season as the 49ers tight end coach. He has now joined the Vikings’ staff as offensive line coach, bringing some familiarity between the two along to Minnesota.

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23 Responses to “Tight end Brian Leonhardt signs with Vikings”
  1. shaggytoodle says: Mar 22, 2016 4:06 AM

    Best of luck young man, while he may bring familiarity among the people running the offense, with 7 career catches, and Rudolph and Ellison in front it may be tough for him to crack.

    If they brought him in for Special Teams I might understand it, but even then it sounds like there wil be less of that going around with the touch back coming out to the 25.

  2. racerx1225 says: Mar 22, 2016 7:26 AM

    Sparano is great.

  3. jimmysee says: Mar 22, 2016 8:01 AM

    Bemidji State – that makes him a home town hero up there in Minnesota.

  4. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Mar 22, 2016 8:03 AM

    Their offensive line coach is signing tight ends? Sounds like a classic case of too many cooks in the kitchen, if you ask me. They should bring back the Triangle of Authority for personnel decisions and the Group of 10 ownership team.

  5. vikingforlife says: Mar 22, 2016 8:36 AM

    Welcome to the Minnesota Vikings, Brian. Now, has anybody heard anything about progress with Greenway??

  6. rojobirds says: Mar 22, 2016 9:10 AM

    It’s nice they are welcoming the kid back home.

  7. rlpftt says: Mar 22, 2016 9:17 AM

    Without an NFL QB, this team will go absolutely no where! Keep dreaming of getting playoff wins by kicking FGs! Bridgewater will never be NFL Caliber, Viking fans are pathetic!

  8. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 22, 2016 10:11 AM

    Probably a replacement for Teddy. Sounds like this guy could throw it more than 20 yards.

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  9. stellarperformance says: Mar 22, 2016 10:57 AM

    Hometown hero. Love it.

  10. purpleguy says: Mar 22, 2016 12:02 PM

    Bemidji State? I thought all they played up there in the hinterlands was hockey. The NFL finds players everywhere.

  11. contra74 says: Mar 22, 2016 12:03 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Mar 22, 2016 10:11 AM
    Probably a replacement for Teddy. Sounds like this guy could throw it more than 20 yards.
    —–
    It must be tough to sit back and watch real times make moves in free agency.

    You want to scream at Ted but you can’t since you drank the kool aid.

    Has ted woken up from his hibernation yet?

  12. fwippel says: Mar 22, 2016 12:37 PM

    I have to wonder is this signing is an indication that Rhett Ellison may be taken longer to rehab his injury than anticipated.

    It’s hard to see Leonhardt on the Viking roster with Rudolph, Ellison and Pruitt already in place.

  13. tremoluxman says: Mar 22, 2016 12:50 PM

    Dude’s more of a blocking TE than a pass catcher, which is fine. Zimmer always says he wants competition at every position. Just because he’s signed doesn’t mean he’s penciled in as a starter. It just means that the more bodies in camp, the more you have to choose from and the more they push each other to see who rises to the top.
    No one gets a free ride and a guaranteed job.

  14. jessethegreat says: Mar 22, 2016 1:06 PM

    Moron let sparano drag him down with him. It’s going to take forever to get the losers stench off him now.

  15. diveleft says: Mar 22, 2016 1:35 PM

    contra74 says:
    Mar 22, 2016 12:03 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Mar 22, 2016 10:11 AM
    Probably a replacement for Teddy. Sounds like this guy could throw it more than 20 yards.
    —–
    It must be tough to sit back and watch real times make moves in free agency.

    You want to scream at Ted but you can’t since you drank the kool aid.

    Has ted woken up from his hibernation yet?

    Contra, I wouldn’t be surprised if TT was trying his damnedest to sign free agents, but no players are willing to relocate to Sconnie and be a part of that team and that fan base.

  16. ragnarthemagnificent says: Mar 22, 2016 1:38 PM

    Welcome to the fold. Vikings have made a lot of nice moves this off season. It’s nice to have a coach and a team to root for again.

    Meanwhile in the dairy land their guys are opting to retire rather than return to the squad.

    NFC North in 2015, Superbowl Champions in 2016 homeboy.

  17. josephec says: Mar 22, 2016 2:55 PM

    Get him into camp and see how he does. The Vikings have had a good history with FA’s. It’s simple…you’re gonna LOSE good players through FA, so you have to GAIN players you can use when FA makes them available. The Packers always pay FA players on offense, but rarely pay up for defensive players, and expect to just replenish through the draft. Why?
    Because FA’s have played for teams that arent the Packers, and the Packers are special. But it’s not working…

    Think about it: In a QB -driven league, in 24 years of continuous, uninterrupted HOF QB play, and just 3 SB appearances with just 2 wins.

    Not so good really. The Pats, for example have been to 7, won 4 with just 15 years of HOF QB play( and they are the kings of FA).

  18. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 22, 2016 5:35 PM

    Nice.

    Hey, will the real Kyle Rudolph ever show up?
    Dude could have Gronkowsi, Daniels, Olsen, Kelce type numbers and impact on a game but Noooo… And, trust me, it’s not all Teddys fault. Although a brady or brees could make Rudolph a star.

  19. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 22, 2016 6:42 PM

    He’s come full circle and is right back in Division II.

  20. fansince68 says: Mar 23, 2016 12:20 AM

    Frazier28/7 says:
    Mar 22, 2016 5:35 PM

    Nice.

    Hey, will the real Kyle Rudolph ever show up?
    Dude could have Gronkowsi, Daniels, Olsen, Kelce type numbers and impact on a game but Noooo… And, trust me, it’s not all Teddys fault. Although a brady or brees could make Rudolph a star.

    **

    I hear that. Rudolph’s production does not warrant the fat deal he signed a couple years ago. Who would you rather keep; him or Harrison Smith?

    Here’s betting Pruitt is starting sometime in 2016.

  21. whatjusthapped says: Mar 23, 2016 5:32 PM

    Let’s see if we can sum this up, he is an undrafted FA from a Division III school who played for two of biggest losing franchises (now a third) in the NFL.

    I agree, Spielman is a genius, where does he uncover such game changing talent?

  22. shaggytoodle says: Mar 24, 2016 2:11 AM

    diveleft says:
    Mar 22, 2016 1:35 PM
    Contra, I wouldn’t be surprised if TT was trying his damnedest to sign free agents, but no players are willing to relocate to Sconnie and be a part of that team and that fan base.
    _______

    “Because players hate having an elite QB on their team?”

    Sure Wisconsin might not be the most desirable area for people looking for night life and extra curricular activity, but you know what, if football isn’t more important than your night life or extra curriculars… Green Bay isn’t for you.

  23. southpackalacky says: Mar 30, 2016 3:04 AM

    Wide Left

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