Jeff Charleston wont be back with Saints, signs with Vikings

Dec 18, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans defensive end Jeff Charleston (97) sacks Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) in the second quarter at the Metrodome. The Saints win 42-20. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Long time New Orleans Saints backup defensive end Jeff Charleston became a free agent after the conclusion of the 2011 NFL season.

Many thought the Saints would attempt to re-sign the serviceable backup, but it looks like Charleston won’ t be back after agreeing to a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday.

Originally an undrafted free agent, Charleston was signed by the Texans in 2006, and then by the Colts in 2007 where he played in 13 games before joining the Saints.

Charleston now moves to the Vikings after four seasons in New Orleans, spending 2008 through 2011 with the team, even winning a Super Bowl ring with them in 2009.

He has appeared in 52 games with the Saints making 63 tackles, 7 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 pass deflections.

Charleston had earned a small cult following in New Orleans primarily because of his high motor, don’t-stop-until-the-whistle-blows playing style.

Also Charleston had a unique sack dance, getting into a “gorilla” stance while attempting to change a light bulb, after taking down a quarterback.

Many thought he possessed enough ability as a pure pass rusher to perhaps become a starter.

The Vikings released defensive tackle Terrell Resonno to make room for Charleston on the roster, and he could compete for playing time at right defensive end.

Topics: Jeff Charleston, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints

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