Vikings Welcome Rookies to Camp With Contracts to Sign
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.
New #Vikings WR Justin Jefferson will get an estimated four-year, $13.12 million contract, which includes about a $7.1 million signing bonus. He will count about $2.38 million on the salary cap in 2020. He will have a fifth-year contract option.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) April 24, 2020
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.
Two members of Minnesota’s 15-player draft class have signed their rookie deals with 1st round WR Justin Jefferson joining 7th round QB Nate Stanley this morning. Rookies are starting to roll into Eagan so expect to see quite a few more of these in the coming days. https://t.co/uwHXprzAH8— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) July 22, 2020
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.
Source says #Vikings second-round pick Ezra Cleveland has agreed to his contract. He gets $5.537 million over four years with $3.058 million guaranteed. His signing bonus is $1.587 million.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) July 22, 2020
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.
#Vikings rookie 4th round pick DT James Lynch is putting pen to paper, too. 4-years, $3,985,992, with a $690,992 signing bonus. Still think as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year that he was a steal on Day 3.— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) July 22, 2020
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.
Source says #Vikings fourth-round pick, DE D. J. Wonnum, on track to sign. He'll get a four-year, $4.046 million deal, including a $750,780 signing bonus. He'll count $797,695 on 2020 salary cap.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) July 22, 2020
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.
#Vikings seventh-round pick, offensive lineman Kyle Hinton, has agreed to terms. It's a four-year, $3.37 million deal, including a $75,492 signing bonus. He will count $628,873 on the 2020 salary cap.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) July 22, 2020
To recap 15 #Vikings draftees, at least 8 locked up:— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) July 22, 2020
QB Nate Stanley (seventh round)
AGREED TO TERMS
WR Justin Jefferson (first)
OT Ezra Cleveland (second)
DE D.J. Wonnum (fourth)
DT James Lynch (fourth)
LB Troy Dye (fourth)
WR K.J. Osborn (fifth)
OL Kyle Hinton (seventh)
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.
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