Burleson to Sign Today

As the Vikings scramble to get draft picks signed before the start of training camp, WR Nate Burleson will sign his contract today, according to a team source.

With the clock ticking until the opening of training camp, the Vikings are in negotiations with several of their rookies, but VU has been told one deal has been essentially completed and should be finalized today.

The team is expected to announce today that Nate Burleson has signed a three-year deal. VU has been told the contract is in the neighborhood of $1.5 million with about $500,000 of that in a signing bonus.

With Burleson inked, that will leave four rookies, including top pick Kevin Williams, still unsigned. Camp opens Friday and the Vikings are still confident they can get all the deals done by then.

* The first-round signings are expected to start in earnest today. Yesterday the Texans came to terms with third-overall pick Andre Johnson, which is expected to start the dominoes falling.
* As reported last month by VU, the Vikings finally made the Willie Howard saga complete by cutting him Monday.
* There are discussions that the Vikings may move their training camp to the National Sports Center in Blaine due to high costs to transport and keep the players in Mankato.
* Former NFL RB Tshimanga Biakabutuka is scheduled to visit Winter Park today for a workout to see if he get a shot on the preseason roster at RB.

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