Vikings sign two DBs from AAF

Field Level Media

April 05, 2019 at 7:29 pm.

The Minnesota Vikings announced Friday the signing of two defensive backs from the Alliance of American Football, which suspended operations earlier this week.

Safety Derron Smith and cornerback Duke Thomas played for the San Antonio Commanders.

Smith, 27, had 21 tackles and three interceptions in seven games with San Antonio. Selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, he played 31 games in two-plus seasons there before being selected off their practice squad by the Cleveland Browns. He played in seven games for the Browns in 2017.

Thomas had a team-high 22 tackles with an interception and a fumble recovery for the Commanders.

Thomas, undrafted out of Texas in 2016, has not appeared in an NFL game, although he spent time on the practice squads of the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers in 2016.