Friday, February 29, 2008

Eagles lose one; Tapeh bolts for home

The Minnesots Vikings signed fullback Thomas Tapeh.

Tapeh is headed home to replce Pro Bowl fullback Tony Richardson. He played at St. Paul. Minn. Johnson High School and also with the Minnesota Golden Gophers before being drafted by the Eagles.

Tapeh, a 5th-year pro, has started 16 games and played in all 32 regular season games and a pair of playoff contests over the past 2 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Tapeh helped open holes for Pro Bowl RB Brian Westbrook as he rushed for a career-best 1,333 yards in 2007 and 1,217 yards in 2006.

Tapeh was with the Eagles in 2004 and 2005 when Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress served as the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia.

He signed a five-year contract with the Vikings worth $6 million. Just over $1 million of his contract is guaranteed money.

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