Vikings Sign Three, Including Kelly

The Vikings continue to sign draft picks, agreeing to contract terms with CB Eric Kelly and OL Brian Crawford Wednesday, shaving their list to five players remaining to be signed.

The Vikings agreed to terms with cornerback Eric Kelly, the team's third-round pick in April's college draft, as the signings continue in earnest before the opening of training camp.

Kelly, who is expected to compete for a starting corner job in camp, agreed to a three-year deal. The terms were not disclosed, but VU was told the deal was in the neighborhood of $1.8 million with $517,000 of that up front in the form of a signing bonus.

The Vikings made two other signings official Wednesday. The team had previously agreed to terms with seventh-round draftee OL Brian Crawford, but got the deal inked Wednesday. His signing bonus is in the $30,000 range. The team also announced the signing of long snapper Brody Heffner-Liddiard. He spent time in Vikings camp last year and, after being released, played for both the Dolphins and Giants last season.

* The Vikings are currently in negotiations with their other unsigned rookies, but no signings are expected today and maybe not until next week.
* The Vikings may find out today what the NFL intends to do with suspended CB Dale Carter. The Vikings have quietly expressed an interest in the corner, who will be released by Denver once he is reinstated. However, the league has drug its feet on hearing his reinstatement request, but a decision is expected soon -- possibly as early as today. Many fans know that Carter, who the Vikings signed to an offer sheet several years ago while he was with Kansas City, is the half-brother of Jake Reed.

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