The Vikings have bolstered their linebacking depth, reaching a deal with Eagles reserve Casey Matthews, the club said Tuesday.
Matthews, 26, started 11-of-16 games at inside linebacker for Philadelphia in 2014, notching 53 tackles and 1.5 sacks. His starts came in place of the injured Mychal Kendricks (three) and DeMeco Ryans (eight).
Matthews (6-1, 245) could vie for playing time at middle linebacker for Minnesota. Jasper Brinkley, an 11-game starter in the middle last season, signed with Dallas earlier this month. Matthews could also be asked to contribute on special teams.
A fifth-year pro from Oregon, Matthews has appeared in 64 regular season games, notching 112 tackles and 2.5 sacks.