MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings made their biggest free agent acquisition of the offseason Monday night, signing former Detroit star linebacker Chris Claiborne to a two-year deal.
Terms of the deal weren't immediately released.
Claiborne, who's started 58 games in the last four seasons, is expected to bolster a linebacker corps led by veteran middle linebacker Greg Biekert. Claiborne has spent most of the past two seasons at the middle linebacker spot but can play both inside and outside.
In his four NFL seasons, Claiborne has 391 tackles, 10.5 sacks and six interceptions. Last year, he led the Lions with 102 tackles. He also had 4.5 sacks and three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.
Claiborne joined cornerbacks Denard Walker and Ken Irvin, right tackle Mike Rosenthal, defensive tackle Billy Lyon and kicker Aaron Elling as free agents who have signed with the Vikings.
The team has also retained free agent running back Moe Williams and defensive end Lance Johnstone. Tight end Jim Kleinsasser was earlier tagged as the Vikings franchise tag.
Steve Caric, a spokesman for the agency representing Claiborne, said Claiborne had been considering returning to the Lions, but "everything kind of came together with the Vikings."
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