Vikings FB Naufahu Tahi was ready to return to the Bengals, who signed him out of BYU in 2006, after his former team submitted a one-year, $1.4 million sheet for the restricted free agent last week.
However, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Vikings, who lost FB Leonard Weaver last week in free agency, plan to match the offer sheet, keeping Tahi in Minnesota.
- “Honestly, we didn’t know which way it was going to go,” Tahi’s agent, David Lee, said this morning. “It’s difficult to decide on a one-year deal for some teams but I told Fahu this morning, ‘I think you’re in a good situation football-wise either way.’ We’re pretty happy Minnesota [kept] him but we would have been happy with Cincinnati as well. … He’s in a great situation financially and football-wise and either way we really couldn’t lose.”
The Vikings confirmed the move later Friday in a press release.