Woods, 25, who has become a versatile safety with the ability to cover the slot in his first four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, is expected to fill the Vikings’ opening in free safety against Harrison Smith after the departure of Anthony Harris. in free agency.
After finishing the season 29th in runs allowed and 27th in yards allowed, Minnesota focused its efforts on the defensive end. In addition to Woods, the Vikings only acquired free agency defensive players – defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, linebacker Nick Vigil and cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Mackensie Alexander.
A sixth-round pick in 2017, Woods became a full-time starter in his second season with the Cowboys and started his final 44 games, missing four games in three seasons due to injury.
Heading into 2020, he was seen as a high school showpiece for the Cowboys, but struggled despite finishing second on the team with 72 tackles. He had just two tackles for loss, didn’t register a sack and only had two defensive passes without intercepting a pass for the first time in his career.
Woods can play the two points of safety and also played as a nickel cornerback as a rookie.
ESPN’s Courtney Cronin and Todd Archer contributed to this report.