Several teams around the league have signed several of their draft picks, and some have even completed signing all of their draft picks. How can they be done so quickly? Easy, really, because there is little room for negotiation – and the signings so far bear that out.
In the rookie compensation pool, the Vikings have $5,990,486 to spend on their rookies this year and have to spend at least $5,021,180 on them, according to a league source. The total contract values for their 10-player draft class over the four years of their contracts can't exceed $32,947,673.
Here is what to look for in the contracts of the Vikings' draft picks, which are expected to be signed over the next few days:
Christian Ponder, QB, first round – As a first-rounder, he will sign a four-year contract that should have a fifth-year option for the team that would be in line with the top-paid players at his position. His deal will likely be worth about $10.1 million, with between $1.2 million and $1.8 million in the first year. While first-round draft picks this year are receiving only about half of what the 2010 crop got, a new twist is that many of this year's top picks are getting their deals fully guaranteed, making signing bonuses irrelevant. Ponder was the 12th overall pick and fellow quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who was drafted 10th overall by the Jaguars, got a $12 million deal that was fully guaranteed.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, second round – Rudolph's four-year deal should be about $4.6 million with a signing bonus around $1.8 million.
Christian Ballard, DT, fourth round – With no third-round pick, the Vikings' only fourth-rounder should get a deal around $2.7 million with a first-year value around $480,000.
Brandon Burton, CB, fifth round – As a fifth-rounder, Burton's deal should be worth about $2.3 million with a bonus around $140,000.
DeMarcus Love, OT, sixth round – Love will make about $2.23 million on his four-year deal. The Vikings have three sixth-round picks close to each other, and they are likely to get signing bonuses close to $100,000.
Mistral Raymond, S, sixth round – Just two picks after Love, Raymond will sign for about $2.22 million.
Brandon Fusco, C, sixth round – Just two more picks later, at No. 172 overall, Fusco can expect a contract around $2.21 million over the four-year deal.
Ross Homan, LB, sixth round – A sixth-round compensatory pick, Homan should sign for about $2.1 million over the four-year contract with a bonus of around $60,000.
D'Audre Reed, DE, seventh round – Reed is the first of two seventh-round picks, and both of them can expect their four-year deals to total about $2.1 as well.
Stephen Burton, WR, seventh round – Burton's total contract value should be close to Reed's, and their signing bonuses will likely be around $50,000, based off rookies that have already signed.
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