Vikings sign defensive end Weatherly

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive end Stephen Weatherly to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The deal brings back one of their past draft picks to try to strengthen a lagging pass rush. Weatherly played last season with the Carolina Panthers. They released him on Feb. 19. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Weatherly spent the first four years of his career as a rotational player with the Vikings. He was selected in the seventh round out of Vanderbilt in 2016. Weatherly started the first nine games for the Panthers before injuring his finger.