Minnesota Vikings quickly sign German WR Moritz Boehringer

Moritz Boehringer made headlines by becoming the player drafted directly from Europe, and now he is the first 2016 draft pick to sign a contract.

Moritz Boehringer is officially a Minnesota Vikings receiver, another step in his NFL dream.

Boehringer signed his four-year contract with the Vikings on Monday, only two days after the team made him the first German player ever drafted. The deal is believed to be worth about $2.45 million with $150,000 signing bonus.


Just as Boehringer became the first ever player to be drafted directly from Europe (he played in the German Football League last year), he is also the first 2016 draft pick to sign his contract, telling the St. Paul Pioneer Press he wanted to sign it early to get started on his visa to the United States.

The Vikings used a YouTube highlight video of Boehringer to raise their interest and send a scout to his pro day at Florida Atlantic. From there, he visited the Vikings during their top-30 predraft visit, along with several other visits.

His combination of size (6-foot-4, 229 pounds) and speed (a sub-4.4-second 40-yard dash) intrigued the Vikings. They took him in the sixth round with the 180th overall pick on Saturday.


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