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Vikings nab former Humboldt all-stater

Nielsen a free agent pickup

April 29, 2012
By The Messenger Sports staff ( , Messenger News

IOWA CITY - Humboldt graduate and former University of Iowa football standout Tyler Nielsen agreed to terms on a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings Saturday night, according to agent Neil Cornrich.

Cornrich said he heard from 16 teams looking at Nielsen, but Minnesota provided the best fit.

"He fit well geographically, he fits well in the scheme they run," Cornrich said. "They're multi-front, primarily 4-3, which he's comfortable in. All in all, it should be a great fit."

Nielsen, a 6-foot-4, 238-pound outside linebacker, started 20 games in his Iowa career at both middle and outside linebacker. He was an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection this past fall.He joins former Hawkeyes Christian Ballard, Chad Greenway and Allen Reisner on the Vikings' roster.

"He's got a bright future ahead of him in the NFL," Cornrich said.

Nielsen, a four-time Academic all-Big Ten selection, recorded 134 tackles, including 8.5 for loss, at Iowa.



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