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NFL: Trattou agrees to 1-year deal to return with Vikings

By Chris Tomasson and Marino Eccher St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNAPOLIS -- Defensive end Justin Trattou agreed Saturday to return to the Vikings on a one-year contract. Trattou will be back for his fourth season with the team and sixth overall NFL ...

By Chris Tomasson and Marino Eccher

St. Paul Pioneer Press

MINNAPOLIS - Defensive end Justin Trattou agreed Saturday to return to the Vikings on a one-year contract.

Trattou will be back for his fourth season with the team and sixth overall NFL year. Bothered by a foot injury for much of 2015, he played in just five games, but did have two interceptions.

“Couldn’t be more excited to be part of the best young team in the NFL,” Trattou said. “There is no ceiling on what we can accomplish and I’m excited to be part of it. Can’t wait to get back to work.”

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Trattou knows a bit about winning. Following his 2011 rookie year with the New York Giants, they defeated New England in the Super Bowl.

Trattou, 27, will help provide depth. He has played in 21 career games, although he never has gotten a start.

Trattou becomes the eighth Minnesota free agent to have agreed to return. The Vikings have re-signed guard Mike Harris, safety Andrew Sendejo, linebacker Audie Cole, defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, wide receiver Adam Thielen and tackle Carter Bykowski and reached an agreement to bring back cornerback Marcus Sherels.

VIKINGS WON’T GET ANY COMPENSATORY 2016 DRAFT PICKS; PACKERS GET 2

The Vikings, modest but successful players in the free agency market in recent years, won’t get any compensatory draft picks in 2016, the league announced Friday.

The extra choices, in slots ranging from the third to sixth round, are meant as make-ups for teams that lose more quality free agents than they sign. This year’s picks come from players who moved last offseason. Nobody the Vikings lost - and no one they signed - qualified.

In all, 13 teams will get a total of 33 extra picks, led by the Patriots, Cowboys and 49ers with four apiece. The Packers and Lions will each get two - the former for the loss of defensive backs Davon House and Tramon Williams, the later for an exodus that included defensive line mainstays Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh.

Green Bay’s picks are both in the fourth round (131st and 137th overall). Detroit’s are in the third round (95th overall) and sixth round (210th overall).

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The Vikings last earned compensatory picks in 2012, when Ray Edwards, Ben Leber, Tarvaris Jackson and Sidney Rice all walked away. They used them on fullback Rhett Ellison and wide receiver Greg Childs.

Historically, the team hasn’t been a major player in the compensatory pick game, earning just 17 - tied for 23rd in the league - since 1994, when the league began awarding them. By comparison, the Packers - typically more content to eschew expensive signings in favor of home-grown talent - have gotten 37, tied for second-most.

The 2016 draft is April 28-30.

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