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Report: Vikings signing Arena League tight end Nick Truesdell

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The Minnesota Vikings are bringing in a former Arena League player that made a significant impression during pro combine testing last weekend.

According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the Vikings are signing tight end Nick Truesdell after an impressive showing that saw him post a 4.6-second 40-yard dash time while measuring in at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds.

Truesdell has played for six different teams in the Arena Football League and Indoor Football League with just one previous opportunity on an NFL roster. He spent a brief three-day stint with the Indianapolis Colts in 2016 before being released early in training camp. He’s also been invited in as a tryout player for rookie mini-camps with the Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers in past years.

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34 Responses to “Report: Vikings signing Arena League tight end Nick Truesdell”
  1. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 30, 2017 1:45 PM

    He should consider himself lucky to get out of Green Bay the same size he was when he arrived.

  2. ragnarthegreat says: Mar 30, 2017 1:48 PM

    Probably nothing to get excited about. But every now and again this works out. Fingers crossed.

  3. brewdogg says: Mar 30, 2017 1:57 PM

    Guy’s got a dream, and he’s willing to keep fighting for it. Hope he makes it.

  4. umassdebatingteam says: Mar 30, 2017 2:11 PM

    From one Arena League team to another.

  5. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 30, 2017 2:17 PM

    That’s not shocking. Now they’ll have the two worst right ends in the division.

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  6. govs127 says: Mar 30, 2017 2:19 PM

    I like these moves. It doesn’t really cost anything and at the same time it is like drafting a 3rd or 4th round TE without having to use a pick. Sounds like this kid can not only run for a big man but can also catch and score. Could be the vertical TE threat Vikes are looking for. If not, like I said, it didn’t really cost much to find out.

  7. dawoger says: Mar 30, 2017 2:20 PM

    Slick Rick SpielDOLT is like a vulture perched on top of Lambeau eying the dumpster.

  8. pkrlvr says: Mar 30, 2017 2:20 PM

    Man one word about the packers and the trolls flock to it like a bird to their new stadium.

  9. conormacleod says: Mar 30, 2017 2:33 PM

    Well, each team does bring in about 90 players to camp. A little more than half make it out.

  10. icebowler says: Mar 30, 2017 2:41 PM

    He’ll probably beat out Treadwell for a spot.

  11. idurenn says: Mar 30, 2017 2:43 PM

    Another “athletic freak”. Hopefully this works out. Makes me feel better that he had 8 other teams interested too.

  12. beedubyatoo says: Mar 30, 2017 2:44 PM

    Any Arena League player would be an upgrade for the Vikings.

  13. 400marios says: Mar 30, 2017 2:51 PM

    I like stories like this. I can’t imagine being in a situation where you have an opportunity to make at least 10x more than you otherwise would in life.

    Best of luck, Nick

  14. northwoodsv2 says: Mar 30, 2017 3:05 PM

    Vikings also sign WR Mitch Matthews and WR-turned-CB Terrell Sinkfield.

    Better prospects than Brock Lesnar, Babs, and MoBo………..

  15. universalchurchoftruth says: Mar 30, 2017 3:09 PM

    9 teams offered him a contract including his hometown Bengals and he choose the Vikings for a chance to play for Zimmer.

  16. codythao35 says: Mar 30, 2017 3:42 PM

    Unlike Packers who signed 2 TE rather than improving their terrible defense.

  17. clamdiggers says: Mar 30, 2017 3:42 PM

    Can he a kick a 15 yrd FG

  18. truthbetold109 says: Mar 30, 2017 3:44 PM

    Figures that he didn’t make the Packer’s offense but signs with the vikings. Will probably compete with Rudolph for the starting job.

  19. jhtobias says: Mar 30, 2017 4:01 PM

    Well the queens play indoors anyway so the belong in the arena football league anyhow so this makes sense

  20. carpalboss says: Mar 30, 2017 4:03 PM

    Hopefully another “Kurt Warner”- like story. Best of luck.

  21. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 30, 2017 4:59 PM

    Unlike Packers who signed 2 TE rather than improving their terrible defense.
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    TT plays it up like he does not like to participate in FA but the fact is FAs just don’t want to live in Green Bay and TT has a very difficult time signing many. That is why he could not get much to help that defense this offseason. Don’t believe me search ‘Charles Woodson don’t want to live in Green Bay’. Sure he ‘warmed’ to life there but as he states NFL players just do not want to go there.

  22. frank booth says: Mar 30, 2017 5:07 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Mar 30, 2017 4:59 PM
    Unlike Packers who signed 2 TE rather than improving their terrible defense.
    —————
    TT plays it up like he does not like to participate in FA but the fact is FAs just don’t want to live in Green Bay and TT has a very difficult time signing many. That is why he could not get much to help that defense this offseason. Don’t believe me search ‘Charles Woodson don’t want to live in Green Bay’. Sure he ‘warmed’ to life there but as he states NFL players just do not want to go there.
    ===================================
    So because one or two players decided they don’t want to live there, that means all free agents don’t want to be there?

    Why did players like Favre and Rodgers re-sign rather than go to free agency? Why did Reggie White go there? Why did Donald Driver stay so long?

  23. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 30, 2017 6:09 PM

    Money! If you recall Reggie White took the offer with the most money far and away then said God told him to go to Green Bay.

  24. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 30, 2017 6:54 PM

    “Green Bay lacks two of the qualities White said were important: They’re not an immediate Super Bowl contender; they are a rebuilding team that was 9-7 last year. Green Bay also lacks a large inner-city population. White is a minister who devotes a lot of time to the inner city.

    But it turned out that neither of his top two choices — the Washington Redskins or the San Francisco 49ers — came close to Green Bay’s offer.”

  25. moses74 says: Mar 30, 2017 8:05 PM

    Dude is super solid, I bet you turns out big in the NFL

  26. frank booth says: Mar 30, 2017 8:17 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Mar 30, 2017 6:09 PM
    Money! If you recall Reggie White took the offer with the most money far and away then said God told him to go to Green Bay.
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    Right. Players will skip Chicago, New York, or any other city to go to a team that is offering more money. This is nothing new.

  27. stellarperformance says: Mar 30, 2017 10:08 PM

    How is it the Viking trolls try to make a case for poor Packer drafts, unhappy players, intolerable conditions, and yet the Packers have dominated the Vikings 12 out of the last 15 games? How bad must it be over there?

  28. whatjusthapped says: Mar 31, 2017 10:38 AM

    The Vikings did this last spring with the so called “feel good” story of the draft when they took Moritz Boehringer essentially wasting a 6th round pick. Now wasting a pick is not a crime but when you throw away a first and fourth rounder for a Qb that doesn’t throw over 10 yards, you begin to challenge your coaching staff when they don’t have any talent coming in the door to join the lackluster talent they already have in the locker room.

    I can only assume the Vikings signed Nick because he was actually inside the Packers locker room, not because of his talent because if he had any, he wouldn’t be in the Arena League to begin with.

  29. fmc651 says: Mar 31, 2017 10:48 AM

    6’5″ 250 and you can run a 4.6 will get you looks.

  30. gaetz23 says: Mar 31, 2017 3:40 PM

    clamdiggers says:
    Mar 30, 2017 3:42 PM
    Can he a kick a 15 yrd FG

    21 10

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    No one can kick a 15 yard field goal. The shortest FG possible in the NFL is 17 yards…well 17 yards and 1 inch if you want to get specific. Way to represent the most knowledgeable fanbase.

  31. frank booth says: Mar 31, 2017 3:55 PM

    That is wrong. The holder can move up if he wants as long as he is behind the line of scrimmage; there is no rule that requires him to be 7 yards back, even though that is the SOP. Even though it hasn’t occurred in practice, he could move up if closer to scrimmage if he so wanted, or he could drop-kick from just behind scrimmage as well- so a 15 yard field goal is within possibility.

  32. jbvikes says: Mar 31, 2017 8:26 PM

    When this guy pans out the Vikes will get the last laugh!

  33. rufusjones42 says: Apr 2, 2017 7:50 AM

    Tokyo blaster calls Rudolph one of the worst TEs. Wow, I guess ProBowl MVP his rookie year doesn’t cut it. You too funny, you make me RAFF!

  34. unmercifulone says: Apr 3, 2017 7:05 AM

    “whatjusthapped says – The Vikings did this last spring with the so called “feel good” story of the draft when they took Moritz Boehringer essentially wasting a 6th round pick.”

    Böhringer signed a reserve/futures contract with the Vikings (at league minimum) on January 2, 2017 after spending the 2016 season on the team’s practice squad. Green Bay picked up the 2nd year option (at league minimum) for their 4th string round 6 pick OT Kyle Murphy (Stanford) who played all of 3 games (due to injuries) in the 2016 season and is unlikely to improve on the depth chart for the 2017 season.

    Comparing apples to apples… your Packers didn’t fare any better in their 2016 draft round pick than the Vikings did… and NOBODY is calling Murphy a “feel good” player except the other Packers linemen.

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