Vikings sign RB DuJuan Harris

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris grabs a pass during practice in the Don Hutson Center, Wednesday, January 14, 2015. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media/@HMarcLarson

The Minnesota Vikings have picked up yet another former Green Bay Packer off the NFL discard pile.

Running back DuJuan Harris agreed to a one-year deal on Thursday with the Vikings, according to his agent Andy Simms. Harris, 26, played parts of three seasons in Green Bay, but wasn't tendered a contract last week as an exclusive-rights free agent.

Harris joins a long line of former Packers who moved West after their time in Green Bay ended, including quarterback Brett Favre, linebacker Desmond Bishop and receiver Greg Jennings.

The Vikings currently have four former Packers under contract with Harris joining tight end Brandon Bostick, receiver Charles Johnson and guard Jordan McCray.

Harris made an immediate impact when the Packers signed him off their practice squad late in the 2012 season. The former car salesman rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries in the final month of the season and started two playoff games.

The 5-foot-8, 203-pound running back was slated to be the starter going into the 2013 season despite Eddie Lacy's addition, but he never got that opportunity after sustaining a patellar tendon injury that ended his season before it began.

Harris received only 16 carries for 64 yards behind Lacy and James Starks last season. He served as the team's primary kickoff returner, but fashioned only a 20.7-yard average on 22 returns. The Packers finished 31st league-wide in the category

Since Harris had fewer than three accrued seasons, the Packers could have brought him back on a one-year, $660,000 contract but opted to go in a different direction.

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