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NFL roundup: Vikings address key concern

Former Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (left) returns an interception for a touchdown against the New York Jets on Dec. 15 in Charlotte. The Vikings and Munnerlyn agreed to a one-year deal on Thursday. USA Today Sports photo

The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent cornerback Captain Munnerlyn on Thursday to a three-year contract.

The Vikings also agreed to a one-year deal to keep defensive tackle Fred Evans, according to

Munnerlyn’s deal is projected to be worth up to $15 million, according to reports.

Munnerlyn, an unrestricted free agent, was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 draft by the Carolina Panthers. Last season, he started a career-high 16 regular-season games and the NFC divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers.

The six-year veteran has returned five interceptions for touchdowns during his career. In 77 games, including 50 starts, he has 208 tackles, seven interceptions and 39 passes defensed.

Evans, 30, had 20 tackles while seeing action in 14 games last season. He will be entering his eighth season.

The Vikings were seeking to retain the veteran backup with defensive tackle Kevin Williams moving on as a free agent and 2013 first-round pick Sharrif Floyd set to step into a starting job.

Panthers release WR Smith

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was released Thursday, ending a run with the franchise that began in 2001.

The Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and others showed interest in signing Smith when rumors began to swirl last month that he was on the way out.

Smith confirmed earlier this week that the Panthers would not retain him.

RB Sproles to Philly

New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles is on the move, but he was not granted his wish to be released and choose his next employer.

The Saints and Philadelphia Eagles agreed Thursday to the framework of a deal that was finalized quickly, shipping Sproles out of New Orleans for a fifth-round pick. He will back up LeSean McCoy but also likely play some wide receiver and contribute to the return game.

Cornerback Nolan Carroll agreed to a two-year deal woth $5.2 million after spending four seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

Raiders sign DE Tuck

The Oakland Raiders made an aggressive move to upgrade their pass rush with the signing of long-time New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck to a two-year contract. The deal is worth $11 million, according to ESPN.

Tuck will help fill the void created when Lamarr Houston signed a five-year, $35 million deal with the Chicago Bears earlier this week.

Packers re-sign LB/DE Neal

The Green Bay Packers re-signed linebacker/defensive end Mike Neal and tight end Andrew Quarless, the team announced Thursday.