Moore Contract Details

Mewelde Moore has yet to actually play as a pro athlete. Yet, his bank account has been padded with promise.

Bo Jackson may have known pro baseball and football, but Mewelde Moore is no Bo Jackson.

In his first interview as a Viking, Moore was asked baseball questions -- his college tuition was paid by the San Diego Padres, as well as a tight signing bonus. One pre-draft source claimed his signing bonus was in excess of $800,000. VU pushed the question and was told it was "only" $250,000.

While Moore's baseball days are over, his signing bonus days aren't. VU has been told the details of Moore's contract, which include a $400,000 signing bonus (actually $394,000 for you bean counters out there).

Outside of the bonus, his four-year deal calls for league-mandated minimums -- $230,000 this year, $305,000 in 2005, $385,000 in 2006 and $460,000 in 2007.

The Vikings are obviously optimistic about Moore's contribution to the team and, by getting him signed early, can integrate him into the offense in a hurry. Don't expect to see Moore rolling up to Winter Park in a AMC Pacer. He's learned to enjoy signing bonuses already.

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