The Vikings have added wide receiver Glenn Holt, according to the website profootballtalk.com. Holt had been with the Cincinnati Bengals and caught three passes for 26 yards and a touchdown in 15 games in 2008. He started two games. Holt was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Bengals in 2006 out of Kentucky.
The Vikings’ real reason for adding Holt is probably because he can return kicks. Holt was Cincinnati’s main return man on kickoffs for much of last season and averaged 24.1 yards on 46 returns with a long of 60. Holt has averaged 24.3 yards on 122 returns in 42 career games with one touchdown in three seasons. Holt lost the job to wide receiver Andre Caldwell in the last month of 2008.
Holt likely will compete for the job with receiver Darius Reynaud, who had a brief turn in that role last season before suffering an injury. The Vikings signed free- agent running back Maurice Hicks last March to return kicks but Hicks was a disappointment and has been cut.
Holt was free to bolt Cincinnati because he did not receive a free-agent tender. Holt would be the second free agent from outside the organization to join the Vikings. Cornerback Karl Paymah agreed to a one-year deal last weekend but the move still has not been announced.