Vikings make embarrassing move to sign yet another former Packers player

The Vikings can't stop signing former Packers players.
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It never gets old. Minnesota Vikings fans love to talk trash about the Green Bay Packers and explain why it's their year.

But all the Vikings do is sign former Packers and never win Super Bowls.

The moment the Packers moved on from Aaron Jones, it quickly became clear the Vikings would offer him the opportunity to get revenge. It was no different with Brett Favre, Greg Jennings, or Za'Darius Smith, who joined the Vikings to get back at the Packers.

Minnesota's latest move isn't about revenge, but the Vikings love nothing more than to sign former Packers.

Vikings sign former Packers tight end Robert Tonyan

When considering which free agents to sign, the Vikings have a simple checklist: Have they played for the Packers?

Robert Tonyan is the latest former Packer to sign with the Vikings, the team has announced.

The tight end has now been a member of all four NFC North teams. The Detroit Lions signed him as an undrafted free agent, but he never played a game. Tonyan made the most of his opportunity in Green Bay by featuring in 68 games before moving to Chicago last year.

It's great to see Tonyan get another opportunity in the NFL, but the move doesn't make much sense for the Vikings.

Tonyan has struggled to make a consistent impact since his 11-touchdown season in 2020. He caught 71 passes for just 674 yards and four touchdowns in his final two seasons in Green Bay, and his numbers declined dramatically in Chicago. Tonyan finished with only 11 catches for 112 yards in 2023.

The veteran tight end had 11 touchdown catches in 16 games in 2020 but only six touchdowns in his other 69 career games.

Minnesota signing Tonyan could be to cover for T.J. Hockenson if he misses the start of the season, but it doesn't make much sense, considering Tonyan's declining production in recent years.

Well, other than the fact the Vikings seem to only sign former Packers.

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