Saints sign former Vikings draft pick Tyrus Thompson after minicamp tryout _lowres


The New Orleans Saints have signed offensive lineman Tyrus Thompson after trying him out at rookie minicamp, according to his agent, Ken Sarnoff.

Thompson, who measured at 6-foot-5, 324 pounds at the 2015 NFL Combine, was drafted in the sixth round out of Oklahoma by the Minnesota Vikings last season.

Thompson is a natural tackle who got some work all over the line for the Vikings, but he was released in the team’s final cutdown last September.

After the release, Thompson spent time on the practice squads of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions last season. Brought into Detroit in early November, Thompson was a part of the Lions’ roster up until last week, when he was cut to make room for another player.

Now that the Saints have signed Thompson, adding another young player to the offensive line, New Orleans must make a corresponding move. The Saints entered rookie minicamp at the 90-man roster limit.