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Vikings sign former Lions CB Josh Thomas

A cornerback who was briefly with the Detroit Lions at the end of last season has signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

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Of the 23 Detroit Lions players who became free agents this offseason, only Rob Sims, Dominic Raiola and Ashlee Palmer haven't signed somewhere. That list previously included cornerback Josh Thomas, but he joined the Minnesota Vikings last Friday. As a result, all but three of the Lions' 2015 free agents have inked a deal this offseason, either in Detroit or elsewhere. (Jed Collins is currently a free agent, but he briefly signed with the Dallas Cowboys, and Corey Hilliard signed with the New York Jets before deciding to retire.)

If you're having a tough time remembering Thomas' time with the Lions, don't feel bad. He only joined Detroit on Dec. 17 last year after being claimed off waivers from the Jets, and he only made a single appearance as a member of the Lions. Thomas also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks last season after playing for the Carolina Panthers from 2011-13.

This offseason, the Lions never expressed any known interest in bringing back Thomas. He was more of a depth addition at the end of last season, and the Lions went in a different direction at cornerback this year by signing guys like Josh Wilson, Chris Owens and Crezdon Butler. Also, after drafting Alex Carter and Quandre Diggs, the Lions didn't have a need for any more cornerbacks.

If Thomas is able to make the Vikings' 53-man roster, he will get an up-close look at his former team early in the season, as Detroit and Minnesota are set to square off in Week 2. That game is at Minnesota; the Lions host the Vikings in Week 7.

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