The Minnesota Vikings have signed tight end Brian Leonhardt.
Leonhardt (LEE-in-hart), a native of Spring Lake Park, Minn., is returning to his home state after signing with the Vikings. The former Bemidji State University Beaver spent part of the 2015 season with the San Francisco 49ers where his position coach was Vikings OL Coach Tony Sparano.
Leonhardt spent time with the Oakland Raiders and the Cleveland Browns prior to his time with the 49ers and has 6 career receptions for 35 yards and 1 TD. Leonhardt signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Vikings now have 6 players on roster that hail from Minnesota – T Carter Bykowski, WR Isaac Fruechte, TE Brian Leonhardt, CB Marcus Sherels, WR Terrell Sinkfield and WR Adam Thielen.[Minnesota Vikings press release]