Minnesota Vikings fans don’t have to worry any longer (if they ever were) about getting the entire 2016 draft class signed. First-round receiver Laquon Treadwell signed his four-year deal (with a fifth-year option), the team announced on Thursday, putting all eight of their draft picks under contract.
The other seven had all signed their deals before last weekend’s rookie minicamp, but Treadwell hadn’t yet finalized his contract, although he said last Friday he wasn’t concerned about it and that attitude proved accurate on Thursday.
As the 23rd pick in the first round, Treadwell’s contract should be worth about $9.93 million with a $5.43 million signing bonus. All first-round picks have a fifth-year option that has to be exercised by the team before the player’s fourth season if they want to guarantee he is with the team for longer than four years.
The former Ole Miss Rebel finished his collegiate career as the school’s all-time leading pass catcher with 202 career receptions and was a finalist this past season for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding receiver. The Crete, Ill., native also led the SEC with 11 receiving touchdowns and 1,153 receiving yards.