Vikings big part of cluster of unsigned picks

The Vikings control one-third of the players in a nine-man cluster of unsigned draft picks. What will they get and what's left to negotiate?

As the Vikings convene Tuesday for their mandatory minicamp, all 90 players are expected to be in attendance. Three of them won't be under contract.

The Vikings haven't signed any of their first-round picks at this point, although their remaining picks, in rounds four through seven, were all signed by May 15. The Vikings have three first-rounders, accounting for almost 10 percent of the first-round picks in the league.

Of the 32 picks in the first round, eight of them, or 25 percent, have been signed by their respective teams.

The top four picks remained unsigned, and Detroit DE Ezekial Ansah is the only top-10 pick under contract, signing a four-year, $18.6 million contract with an $11.9 million signing bonus.

The Vikings' three first-round picks – DT Sharrif Floyd at No. 23, CB Xavier Rhodes at No. 25 and WR Cordarrelle Patterson at No. 29 – are all part of a cluster of picks between Nos. 21 and 29 that have yet to sign. The Vikings could help break that logjam, as they control one-third of that cluster, but they are likely waiting to see how things unfold surrounding them.

Draft picks in general are easier to sign since the new collective bargaining agreement of 2011 essentially slotted most of the terms for rookie contracts. First-round picks now all sign four-year contracts with a fifth-year option for the team.

The money involved in those contracts can also be estimated fairly closely.

  • With the 23rd pick, Floyd likely will sign a deal worth approximately $8.1 million over four years with a signing bonus of $4.2 million.

  • Rhodes, the 25th pick, likely will receive a little more than $7.8 million over four years with a signing bonus around $4 million.

  • Patterson, at No. 29, should get a four-year contract worth about $7.2 million and a $3.6 million signing bonus.

    Chicago Bears OL Kyle Long, selected No. 20 overall, is the closest signed player before the Vikings' picks. He received a four-year, $8.3 million contract with a $4.4 million signing bonus.

    The latest first-round pick to sign is St. Louis Rams LB Alec Ogletree, drafted No. 30 overall, and he is on the back end of that unsigned cluster. He signed a four-year contract worth $7 million with a signing bonus worth nearly $3.5 million.

    The one unresolved issue that is a discrepancy among first-round picks is the inclusion of offset language in their contracts. That allows teams that are able to include offset language to be relieved of the difference in money if one of their draft picks is waived or released and signs with another team during the four-year term of their rookie deal.

    According to Pro Football Talk, Ogletree has the first three years of his contract guaranteed and has no offset language, a win for the player on both counts. Manuel's contract is fully guaranteed, but quarterbacks are often times given more favorable contracts than other players.

    The Vikings are still well ahead of the signing pace that used to take place before the new CBA. Back then, they usually didn't start signing any picks until after the Fourth of July.

    Tim Yotter is the publisher of Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.

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