The Minnesota Vikings were the first team to get a draft pick signed when they inked German receiver Moritz Boehringer to a four-year, $2.49 million deal with a $150,000 signing bonus two days after he was drafted.
The momentum continues this week.
By early afternoon on Wednesday, the Vikings had agreed to terms with five of their eight draft picks, including second-round cornerback Mackensie Alexander, according to multiple reports. As the 54th pick in the draft, Alexander is due for a four-year, $4.3 million contract with a $1.34 million signing bonus.
Earlier Wednesday, tight end David Morgan agreed to a four-year deal that should be worth $2.475 million deal with a $135,000 signing bonus, according to ESPN.
But those weren’t the only pick agreeing to terms on Wednesday. Safety Jayron Kearse, a seventh-round selection, also agreed to a contract, according to the Pioneer Press. The rookie wage slotting system should put Kearse at a four-year, $2.4 million deal with a $64,000 signing bonus.
Defensive end Stephen Weatherly also agreed to a deal, according to the Pioneer Press, on Wednesday morning. That should be worth four years, $2.4 million with an $81,000 signing bonus for the seventh-round pick.
Many of the draft picks will be expected to sign their deals on Thursday in advance of their first practice.
The team’s three-day rookie minicamp, featuring their draft picks and dozens of players on a tryout basis, starts Friday, and the rookie wage scale enacted in 2011 helps hasten the signings and reduce the negotiations.