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Vikings sign 3 more, 3 first-rounders remain
Jeff Baca (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA Today)
Posted May 15, 2013
The Vikings signed three more draft picks Wednesday, bringing the signed total to six and the remaining total to three. All of their unsigned draft picks are first-rounders.
The Vikings announced the signing of three more of their draft picks Wednesday afternoon – fifth-round punter
, sixth-round offensive lineman
and seventh-round offensive lineman
Those actions leave only their first-round picks left to sign. The Vikings have three of those – defensive tackle
. The Vikings were the only team in the league to have three first-round picks and the first team to have that many since the 2001 St. Louis Rams.
Locke is the only punter left on the Vikings roster after the team released T.J. Conley shortly after drafting Locke and then incumbent Chris Kluwe one day after the team got an extensive, first-hand look at Locke at their rookie minicamp.
Baca and Bond are both expected to compete for a rotational role on the offensive line.
All of the Vikings' draft picks signed so far have been inked to four-year contracts, per terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Their first-round selections will each get five-year deals.
Locke’s contract should be worth about $2.34 million with a signing bonus of about $184,000, according to the slotted system of signing draft picks. Baca’s contract should be worth about $2.25 million with a signing bonus around $94,000. Bond’s deal should be worth about $2.22 million with a signing bonus of about $63,000.
On Tuesday, the Vikings signed linebackers
(fourth round) and
(seventh round), along with defensive tackle
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