Vikings sign former Bears DT Will Sutton

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Chicago Bears defensive lineman Will Sutton (93) waits to be introduced before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Bears defensive lineman Will Sutton (93) waits to be introduced before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) — Nam Y. Huh

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive tackle Will Sutton, who was cut last week after three seasons with the Chicago Bears.

Sutton was a third-round pick in 2014 from Arizona State, drafted by the Bears for a 4-3 scheme. The new coaching staff installed a 3-4 defense in 2015, and the 6-foot-1, 290-pound Sutton didn't fit as well. He was still a starter last year, until an ankle injury ended his season seven weeks early. Sutton played in 36 of a possible 48 games, with 18 starts.

With the health of Sharrif Floyd's knee a concern, the Vikings have been trying to bolster the defensive tackle position. They drafted Iowa's Jaleel Johnson in the fourth round. To make room for Sutton, they cut defensive tackle Toby Johnson.