Vikings sign Michael Pierce to a three-year deal

The 27-year old nose tackle spent his first four seasons in Baltimore.
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The Minnesota Vikings continue to be active in the early stages of this offseason, signing nose tackle Michael Pierce to a three-year deal according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

The deal is expected to be worth $27 million over three seasons per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Pierce spent his first four seasons in Baltimore and played in 60 games total for the Ravens including 27 starts. An undrafted free agent out of Samford, Pierce has collected 151 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks during his time in the league.

But Pierce's specialty has been in stopping the run as he registered a 9.1% run stop rate this past season according to Pro Football Focus.

While it doesn't fill the Vikings need for a pass-rushing interior lineman, it should at least give them a penetrating force in the middle next to Shamar Stephen. 

With a young stable that includes Armon Watts, it's a positive step in filling the void left by Linval Joseph, who signed with the Los Angeles Chargers on Wednesday.

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