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Financial terms were not immediately available.
Selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 29th overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft, the Ohio State product has 276 receptions for 3,512 yards and 20 touchdowns during his seven-year career. To save $4.1 million of cap space, and $7.75 million in cash over the next two seasons, the Falcons released Jenkins on Thursday.
At 6-foot-4 and 217 pounds, Jenkins has the size to replace 2009 Pro Bowl receiver Sidney Rice, who signed a five-year, $41 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. It's also important to note that while Jenkins is not the deep threat that Rice is, he is familiar with Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who coached the Falcons quarterbacks before joining the Vikings this offseason.
The Vikings were believed to be interested in free agent receivers Braylon Edwards and Malcolm Floyd, but the signing of Jenkins to a multi-year deal may take them out of the running for those two players.
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