Percy Harvin isn't under contract yet, but his deal should be getting closer.
"They are in the middle of their negotiations," Vikings coach Brad Childress said Wednesday afternoon, referring to Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski and Harvin's agent, Joel Segal. "They both take time back-and-forth, but it is important for him to get in here, particularly in that position (wide receiver) and the different things he has to learn. Not to mention getting here and getting in pads."
Harvin is the only one of the team's five draft picks left to sign, but that process should get closer as the picks around him have signed. Harvin was the 22nd pick in the draft.
Late last week center Alex Mack signed a five-year deal believed to be worth more than $12 million, according to the Orange and Brown Report. Mack was the 21st pick in the draft.
Tackle Michael Oher, who was drafted right after Harvin at No. 23, signed a five-year deal worth almost $13.8 million if he reaches all the incentives, with almost $6.9 million guaranteed, according to a league source.
Last year's 22nd pick, Dallas running back Felix Jones, signed a five-year deal worth a maximum of $10.525 million if he hits all the incentives. It had $7.96 million in guarantees.
Harvin's deal will be a five-year contract, mostly likely in the $13 million range with more than $8 million guaranteed.
With Harvin's expected multi-dimensional role in the offense – lining up out wide, in the slot, in the backfield and as the Wildcat – the importance of him in camp on time as the offensive installation builds becomes more important, especially given the history of many rookie wide receivers who have failed to put up big numbers in their initial NFL season.
The Vikings' second- and third-round picks each signed within the last week.
Right tackle Phil Loadholt, the second-round pick, signed a four-year, $3.43 million deal with $1.675 million in guarantees, according to Scout.com's Adam Caplan. His signing bonus was $1.2 million.
"It is very important for rookies to be at camp on time. I spoke with my agent and he did a good job of getting it done on time, so I wasn't worried about that at all," said Loadholt, who is the favorite to win the starting right tackle job.
Cornerback Asher Allen signed a four-year deal worth more than $2.475 million with a $725,000 signing bonus, according to Caplan's league sources. Allen is expected to compete for the nickel back role, which sees the field about 50 percent of the offensive snaps.
Last year, Allen started all 13 games as a cornerback for Georgia and had
53 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss, and seven passes defensed before making himself eligible for the NFL draft after his junior season.
Harvin contract possibilities
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