Report: Vikings sign CB Benwikere

Field Level Media

August 03, 2019 at 5:03 pm.

Thin at cornerback, the Minnesota Vikings will sign veteran Bene’ Benwikere to provide some depth, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.

Cornerback Holton Hill is suspended for the first eight games of the season for violating the NFL’s policy and program on substance abuse and Mike Hughes is out with an ACL injury.

Benwikere was a fifth-round pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has played in 54 career games (22 starts) for the Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders and has 160 career tackles and three interceptions.

Hill will be allowed to participate in all preseason practices and games. He can return to the active roster Oct. 25 — the day following the Vikings’ eighth game — and is eligible to play in a Nov. 3 game at the Kansas City Chiefs.

Hill, 22, had 36 tackles and one interception in 16 games (three starts) last season as an undrafted rookie.

Hughes, 21, had one interception and 22 tackles in six games as a rookie last season. He was a first-round pick (30th overall) by the Vikings in 2018.