On Saturday, Mortiz Böhringer became the first player in NFL history to be selected in the Draft from Europe without having played football at a college in North America. . .a historical moment, to say the least.
On Monday, the big man from Germany showed how serious he was about getting started with his new team.
Böhringer became the first of the 253 draftees from this past weekend to sign his rookie contract yesterday afternoon, inking his deal with the Minnesota Vikings. The contract is a four-year deal, $2.49 million pact. Böhringer's signing bonus as part of the deal is $150,420, per Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The team said that the deal got completed quickly in order to facilitate Böhringer's application for a P-1 visa, which will allow him to work in the United States. In order to apply for that visa, he must show that he has a job in the United States.
It is not yet known if he will be cleared prior to the Vikings' first rookie mini-camp, which will run from Friday to Sunday.
Congratulations to Moritz Böhringer on taking another step on his historical journey into the National Football League.