Vikings Sign Moore Early

The Vikings broke from tradition and got one of their draft picks signed well before they usually start earnest talks with agents. Fourth-round pick Mewelde Moore is now officially a Viking.

It's almost like clockwork every year. The Vikings rarely seem to get a draft pick signed until after July 4th. It's been their M.O. for years … until this year.

The Vikings signed fourth-round running back Mewelde Moore Tuesday. He becomes the first 2004 draft pick signed by the Vikings.

Moore, the 119th selection overall, is Tulane's all-time leading rusher and only the second player in NCAA history to have more than 4,000 yards rushing and 2,000 yards receiving, joining former Viking Darrin Nelson in that elite category.

He spent three seasons in the San Diego Padres' minor league system after receiving a $250,000 signing bonus but he said football was always at the top of his list.

Moore could receive some playing time this season as a third-down back and is expected to be a top candidate to return kicks.

With his signing coming a month before talks usually heat up, it could signal an early start to the signing period for draft picks. Wouldn't that be refreshing?

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