Villanova defensive end Rakim Cox has signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings.
A four-year starter at Villanova, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Cox led the Wildcats last season in sacks (nine) and tackles for loss (111/2).
In 48 career games, he had 18 sacks, 331/2 tackles for loss, and 105 tackles overall. He will try to make a Vikings team that has another local defensive lineman, second-year tackle Sharrif Floyd, a product of George Washington High, who was a first-round draft choice last season.
Cox's ability to play special teams could be in his favor. As a senior, he blocked three kicks.