Vikings Welcome Rookies to Camp With Contracts to Sign

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Minnesota Vikings‘ rookies are expected to report to Eagan later this week amidst many issues in regards to how players will prepare for the season while COVID-19 is still ravaging the nation. Now, one issue surrounding the team is apparently being solved. Until today, only one of the 15 players selected by the Vikings in April’s draft was under contract: Nate Stanley. Now, more rookies are getting their contracts finalized by the team as they begin to report to Eagan. Justin Jefferson and Troy Dye signings came this morning.

Justin Jefferson, WR

The Minnesota Vikings began completing their contracts with their draft class this morning, by officially signing heralded first-round WR Justin Jefferson to his fully guaranteed rookie deal. The contract will reportedly give him roughly $13 million over the duration of 4 years.

Justin Jefferson had been working out in town since June, but had yet to sign his deal because he had not been able to receive a physical. Now, he is under contract and able to focus on mastering working in the slot and on the outside.

Troy Dye, LB

Later in the morning, the Vikings were also able to strike a deal with their 4th-round pick, Oregon LB Troy Dye. He will also report to Eagan on Thursday.

Ezra Cleveland, OL

This afternoon, Minnesota Viking’s second-round pick from Boise State, OL Ezra Cleveland, has signed his deal with the Minnesota Vikings. The contract will net the rookie around $5.5 million in his first four years.

James Lynch, DT

James Lynch, a defensive tackle from Baylor, was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 4th round this spring. Now, Lynch has put the pen to paper and inked his four-year contract with Minnesota. The deal will net him nearly $4 million total.

KJ Osborn, WR

The Minnesota Vikings selected KJ Osborn, WR from the University of Miami in the fifth-round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Have not heard official contract details at this time.

D.J Wonnum, DE

The Vikings grabbed Wonnum in the fourth round to bolster their defensive line. His contract was reported later in the afternoon and was one of the latest Vikings to sign.

Kyle Hinton, OL

Hinton was added in the seventh round give the Vikings some additional depth on their offensive line. He won’t hurt the cap much, which is important for a Vikings team that really has no salary cap space.

While it is surely strange that it took this long to sign all of these rookies, the entire offseason with COVID has been strange, so it’s right on par. Now, these guys can report to work and have the financial security of being with the team. Plus, passing thier physicals gives both sides more comfort.

Evidently, it has been difficult for many rookies across the league to get acclimated with their teams. But by Thursday, many of the Minnesota Vikings’ 15 draft picks will sign and be ready to go. This rookie class has massive potential and will surely be counted on to help the Vikings remain a contender.

Ameer Eldomiatti | Minnesota Sports Fan

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