The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms with rookie quarterback Tarvaris Jackson on a four-year contract Wednesday.
Jackson was the last pick of the second round, a selection that surprised many draft observers because he was coming out of Division I-AA Jackson State, but Jackson's arm strength was impressive in spring camps.
"It feels good to sign a contract and get everything done," Jackson said in a release. "I'm very excited about going there with my teammates tomorrow, having fun and being a good teammate. I always dreamed about this, but you never know it's going to actually happen. This has really just been icing on the cake. I'm officially a Minnesota Viking now and I can't wait to get to work."
The Vikings have now agreed to terms with all three of their second-round draft picks, along with fourth-rounder Ray Edwards and fifth-rounder Greg Blue. First-round pick Chad Greenway was in Minnesota Wednesday and hoping to come to terms with the Vikings before the rookies and select veterans were scheduled to report to Mankato Thursday. The first practice for that group of players is Friday morning.
Jackson ended his collegiate career ranked seventh in Southwestern Athletic Conference history with 67 TD passes despite playing only three seasons in the league after transferring from Arkansas when he was unable to unseat starter Matt Jones, who was drafted by Jacksonville as a wide receiver last year. Jackson also ranks ninth in SWAC history with 7,839 passing yards. He also finished second in school history in TD passes and passing yards.
"Tarvaris understands that every rep is important at training camp and we're glad he's on board as camp starts," said Vikings head coach Brad Childress.
The only quarterback not expected to practice Friday is veteran Brad Johnson. The remaining veterans will join the rest of the team Tuesday for the first full-pads practice.
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