Johnson Becomes Third to Sign

Marcus Johnson became the third Vikings rookie to sign a contract, as he came to terms with the team Tuesday with an eye on trying to win a starting job in training camp.

Marcus Johnson knew when he was drafted by the Vikings that he would have an opportunity to compete for a starting job right out of the gate. To get that done, he would have to be in training camp on time.

His agent and the Vikings got that done Tuesday, as he became the third Vikings draftee to sign on the dotted line. Terms were not immediately disclosed, but VU is being told that the deal is four years in length.

Johnson is expected to battle Adam Goldberg for a starting guard position during training camp or could end up at right tackle if Mike Rosenthal isn't back to his pre-injury form.

* The agent for Erasmus James -- Ethan Lock -- is expected to arrive in the Twin Cities today for a second round of contract talks. The team expects to get a deal done by Thursday.
* Things aren't quite as promising for getting rookie WR Troy Williamson signed in time for camp. Because of the delay on getting the top 10 picks signed, some agents aren't wanting to be the first to jump in case the market goes up with other picks. The team still expects to see Williamson on the field Saturday, but aren't holding out a ton of hope that it will get done.
* Third-round pick Dustin Fox is expected to get signed today.

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