The Vikings have announced the signing of defensive end Stephen Weatherly to a four-year contract. He was selected by the Vikings as one of their two seventh-round selections in this weekend's draft, being taken at #227 overall.
According to numerous sources, Weatherly's deal is worth $2.42 million with a signing bonus of $81,288.
Weatherly played a lot of outside linebacker in college at Vanderbilt University, but interviews he did after being selected by the Vikings indicated that the team told him he will be playing as a down defensive end in Minnesota. He's got a lot of work ahead of him to make the squad at a position that the Vikings are pretty solid at, but is the sort of athletic pass rusher that Mike Zimmer likes to try to mold. It will be interesting to see what kind of an impact he can make in Training Camp.
Congratulations to Stephen Weatherly on officially beginning his journey with the Minnesota Vikings!