EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed punt returner Marcus Sherels for a ninth season with his home state team.

Though he’s played sparingly at cornerback, Sherels has carved out a solid niche since latching on with the Vikings in 2010 out of a rookie tryout camp. On punt returns since 2012, he has an NFL-leading five touchdowns and 23 returns of 20-plus yards.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Sherels was raised in Rochester and played in college at Minnesota. His career average of 10.4 yards per punt return is the highest in Vikings history.

The deal was done Thursday, the fourth time in five years Sherels re-upped after his previous contract expired. The Vikings also signed linebacker Reshard Cliett, who has been with six teams in three years.

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