The Minnesota Vikings and free agent safety Xavier Woods have come to terms on a one-year $2.25 million contract. The deal includes $1.75 million guaranteed money. Woods is 25-years-old and is expected to fill the vacant safety position next to Harrison Smith. He will replace Anthony Harris who left via free agency this offseason.
The Minnesota Vikings also announced the resigning of cornerback Mackenzie Alexander. Alexander rejoins the Vikings in 2021 following one season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He started 10 of 13 games that he appeared in and recorded a career-high 47 tackles and one interception with six passes defensed for Cincinnati. Originally drafted with the 54th overall pick by the Vikings in 2016, Alexander recorded 99 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 21 passes defensed, two interceptions and one fumble recovery through 55 games (10 starts) in four seasons with Minnesota. He helped the team to top-five NFL rankings in both total defense and passing defense in three of his four seasons with the Vikings and led all NFL cornerbacks in sacks in 2018 with 4.0. As a redshirt sophomore at Clemson, Alexander helped the Tigers finish as national runner-ups to earn AP Second Team All-America honors and was tabbed a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back).