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Minnesota Vikings sign Silsbee native Kalon Barnes to active roster

Neither of Kalon Barnes’ first two NFL stops resulted in a season for the Silsbeeer native.

Barnes has now landed with a new team ready to give him a chance on their active roster.

The Minnesota Vikings signed Barnes Wednesday, adding him to the team’s 53-man roster for this week’s home game against the Indianapolis Colts. Barnes, a cornerback, arrived at the Vikings complex and quickly got to work, studying the playbook and meeting new teammates.

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Barnes isn’t sure what his role will be in Minnesota but said he will do whatever it takes to prepare for his latest NFL opportunity.

“I don’t know what the plans are for me,” Barnes said in an interview with 5 Eyewitness News in Minneapolis. “All I can do right now is get into the playbook and get into the rotation as soon as possible.”

Barnes has moved around a bit in his debut pro season. He was drafted in the seventh round by the Carolina Panthers last April and waived by the team in late August.

Two days later, Barnes signed with the Miami Dolphins and was placed on their practice team, where he had been until Wednesday.

Barnes is known in the league for his speed. After spending four years at Baylor University, he flirted with history at the NFL Combine. Barnes ran the 40-yard dash in 4.23 seconds, which was the second fastest time ever recorded at the combine.

Barnes’ speed dates back to his high school days. He was state champion in the sprinter in Silsbee and won four different event titles from 2018 to 2019.

He set the Texas high school record in the 100-meter dash of 10.22 seconds, which qualified for the Olympic trials at the time. The next season as a senior, Barnes broke that record at the state meeting with a time of 10:04, only to smash it due to unsuitable wind conditions.

See also: Barnes set state records at Silsbee High School

Barnes thinks his speed could make him a good gunner in Viking Special Forces, but he’s also hoping for a chance to show he’s a complete cornerback.

“The league knows I’m a fast guy, but from my perspective, I want to show the world that I’m more of a footballer than just speed,” Barnes said.

The Vikings are 10-3 this season and lead the NFC North Division by three games. Minnesota was one of the teams Barnes visited during his preliminary design process.

“There’s a good team atmosphere here and I could feel it,” said Barnes. “The boys welcomed me with open arms.”

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