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Kleinsasser signs three-year, $9M deal to return to Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed tight end Jimmy Kleinsasser, the team announced Saturday.

NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports the contract is a three-year deal worth $9 million.

"We're excited to have Jim back," Vikings coach Brad Childress said in a statement. "We wanted him back and we're glad he took time out from ice fishing to come in and sign his contract. Jim's an important part of our offense and the kind of guy you want in your locker room."

Kleinsasser has blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher five times during his 11-year career with the Vikings. He has paved the way for five of the top six single-season rushing totals in team history, highlighted by Adrian Peterson's team-record 1,760 yards in 2008. Running backs have broken the 100-yard mark 48 times behind Kleinsasser during his career.

He entered the league as a second-round pick by the Vikings out the University of North Dakota in 1999.

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