EAGAN, Minn. - The Vikings have agreed to terms with veteran defensive end Anthony Zettel, the team announced Wednesday.
The addition of Zettel brings experience to a young defensive line group. He has appeared in 49 regular-season games since his selection in the sixth round by the Detroit Lions in 2016.
Zettel recorded all 16 of his career starts in his second pro season with Detroit, including a monster game in Week 4 against the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Zettel recorded 2.0 sacks, four quarterback hits and recovered a fumble in a 14-7 win by the Lions.
The native of West Branch, Michigan, was waived by Detroit at the start of the 2018 season and claimed by Cleveland. He played 15 games for the Browns but was waived before the 2019 season kicked off.
Zettel then landed in Cincinnati and played in four games for the Bengals. He signed with San Francisco prior to the 2019 regular-season finale in which the 49ers claimed the No. 1 overall seed.
Zettel played in all three of San Francisco's postseason games, including Super Bowl LIV.
Prior to making it to the NFL, Zettel played collegiately at Penn State and turned in a First-Team All-Big Ten season in 2014, recording 17 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks and three interceptions while playing on the edge and interior of the defensive line.
Zettel finished his Nittany Lions career with 38 tackles for loss, 20 sacks, 14 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown against Ohio State in 2014.