The Minnesota Vikings announced that they are signing former Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong as a safety and waiving WR Mitch Mathews to make room for him.
We have signed S Tommy Armstrong (@Tommy_Gun4) and waived WR Mitch Mathews.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) May 30, 2017
The Vikings worked out Armstrong as a safety a few weeks ago, so they were apparently impressed enough to sign him to a contract.
“I met with (defensive backs coach Jerry) Gray after practice Sunday, and he said, ‘We’re going to fly you back up here (next) Sunday and we’ll give you a playbook,’’’ said Armstong. “He said he’d call me in a few days. They also like the way I’ve been playing special teams.’
“I was kind of rusty at first,’’ Armstrong added. “But I think that I can bring something to the team on the defensive side of the ball and to special teams. I’m looking forward to next week. I’ll do whatever it takes to play in the NFL.’’
Armstrong, 23, wound up going undrafted out of Nebraska before securing a tryout with the Vikings.
During his four-year career at Nebraska, Armstrong threw for 1,172 yards while completing 53.3 percent of his passes to go along with 67 touchdowns and 44 interceptions. He also contributed 1,819 yards receiving and 23 rushing touchdowns over the course of 45 games.
Mathews, 25, wound up signing a three-year, $1.62 million contract with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of BYU. He was set to make a base salary of $450,000 for the 2016 season, but was unfortunately waived in the final week of the preseason.
The Browns later signed him to their practice squad back but cut him loose a few weeks later. Minnesota signed him to a contract back in March, making his time with the team short lived.
During his college career, he caught 152 passes for 2,083 yards (13.7 YPR) and 24 touchdowns over the course of 41 games.