The Minnesota Vikings have, for the most part, been among the last teams to sign their draft picks. However, with the rookie slotting system now in place, most contracts don't require a whole lot of negotiating, and as a result the team starts getting things done early.
And, according to ESPN's Ben Goessling, the Vikings have done just that, signing fifth-round pick David Yankey to his first NFL contract on Friday. The details on the contract, according to Goessling. . .
Per league source, David Yankey's contract is a standard deal for his draft spot ($206,900 bonus and $2,426,900 total over next 4 years).— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) May 16, 2014
Yankey, a two-time All-American for the Cardinal (at two different positions, left tackle and left guard), was considered a second-day pick by most experts, but fell to the Vikings with the 148th overall selection. That was the pick they received from the Cleveland Browns for swapping first-round picks. He is expected to push incumbent Charlie Johnson for a starting spot on the Vikings' offensive line.
Congratulations to David Yankey on his first NFL contract, and welcome to the National Football League!