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Kleinsasser, Vikings agree to deal

February 27th, 2009 – 5:37 PM by Judd Zulgad

Tight end Jim Kleinsasser agreed to a three-year, $9 million contract with the Vikings on Friday only hours after becoming a free agent. The 10-year veteran, a second-round draft choice of the Vikings in 1999 out of North Dakota, is expected to sign the contract on Saturday morning. 

One of the NFL’s best blocking tight ends, Kleinsasser had at least four offers on the table but elected to remain in Minnesota. “It’s nice to have it all over with, that’s for sure,” Kleinsasser said. “Being able to stay here near our friends and family is nice. It would have been tough to leave Minnesota but in the same aspect you want to get fair market value.”

Linebacker Heath Farwell, meanwhile, has drawn interest from several teams and is expected to make a couple of trips early next week.

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