Vikings Sign Second-Round Draft Pick Willie Howard

July 27, 2001

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings signed second-round draftpick Willie Howard on Friday.

Howard, of Stanford, has played every position on the defensive line. Termsof the contract were not disclosed.

The Vikings also signed four free agents, including former University ofMinnesota defensive end Lamanzer Williams.

Minnesota signed tight end Shonn Bell of Virginia-Wise, linebacker MarkCrawford of Nevada and defensive back Keith Thibodeaux of Northwest Louisiana.

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