EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Last year, Dennis Green waited until the regular season started to shore up his defense with veteran acquisitions Jerry Ball and Chris Doleman.
He didn't wait as long to bring in a seasoned castaway this time around.
The Minnesota Vikings' coach scooped up cornerback Cris Dishman, 35, who was jettisoned by the Kansas City Chiefs over the weekend.
The 13-year veteran signed a three-year deal Monday that will pay him about $500,000 this season.
"I think he'll fit in real well with us and I expect him to play this weekend," Green said.
In fact, the Vikings want to start Dishman at left cornerback alongside converted wide receiver Robert Tate. That would push second-year pro Kenny Wright into the nickel role, where he's more suited for coverage of the slot receiver.
"It's just an awesome addition," linebacker Kailee Wong said. "A lot of older guys come in just to be a mentor. But he can definitely still play. We're very excited about that."
Dishman, who has played for Houston, Washington and Kansas City, has been a full-time starter since 1990 and has 42 career interceptions. He had five interceptions and 84 tackles for the Chiefs last year, but was displaced by third-year player Eric Warfield.
The Vikings, with a shortage of seasoned cornerbacks, were delighted to find the two-time Pro Bowler available.
"We think Cris Dishman has been one of the tremendous players in the NFL," Green said. "He had a very good year for Kansas City. He knows a lot of guys on our team, so I think he'll fit in very well. And he comes in as one of the good, pure corners in the game today."
The Vikings also switched backup linebackers Monday, waiving Pete Bercich and signing Jim Nelson, who was cut by Green Bay.
Wright insisted he wouldn't be upset if he loses his starting job and would instead focus on tapping into Dishman's experience.
"It's not going to be like I have a job to protect. I'm just going to look for him to help me with his knowledge," Wright said.
Tate acknowledged that he didn't even know what side Dishman played. But he did know the Vikings could use a man like him.
"He's going to be a great help for us, teaching and playing," Tate said. "He's still an elite player in this league."
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