Vikings Halfway Home on Signings

The Vikings contractually locked up their fourth draft pick Tuesday, signing wide receiver Aundrae Allison.

The Vikings signed fifth-round draft pick Aundrae Allison to a four-year deal on Tuesday, according to Scout.com's Adam Caplan.

Allison signed for minimum base salaries of $285,000 (2007), $370,000 (2008), $460,000 (2009) and $550,000 (2010) with a signing bonus just shy of $180,000.

Allison is expected to compete for a backup role in training camp at wide receiver, a position where the Vikings sport 11 players vying for what will likely be six roster spots.

The Vikings had already signed seventh-round picks quarterback Tyler Thigpen and wide receiver Chandler Williams, along with sixth-round pick linebacker Rufus Alexander.

The team is still working on contract agreements with defensive end Brian Robison (fourth round), cornerback Marcus McCauley (third round), wide receiver Sidney Rice (second round) and running back Adrian Peterson (first round).

Allison was projected to be a second- or third-round pick in April's draft, and many draft analysts felt the Vikings got a steal by taking him in the fifth round, despite the earlier selection of Rice. Allison was responsible for 43.6 percent of East Carolina's first downs in the passing game in 2005 and was on the receiving end of 50 percent of the Pirates' passing touchdowns.

Allison had 145 receptions in two seasons with East Carolina, second on the school's all-time list, after transferring from Georgia Military Academy. He had 1,024 yards receiving on 83 catches in 2005 and 708 yards on 62 catches in 2006.

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