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Rodney Adams Signs Rookie Contract

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He’s the first of the Vikings’ 11 draftees to sign

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UPDATE: Well, we might have our answer. It appears that Adams may have “gone rogue” in signing his deal.

Yesterday, we brought to your attention the story about the NFLPA advising the Minnesota Vikings’ group of draftees not to sign the contracts that they had been offered because of some language in the contracts that they disagreed with.

Well, either the offending language has been changed, or one of the Vikings’ 11 draftees decided to go ahead and sign his deal anyway.

Numerous sources on social media are reporting that wide receiver Rodney Adams has inked his deal with the Vikings, making him the first of the team’s 11 draftees to do so.

Adams was the first of the Vikings’ two fifth-round selections in this year’s NFL Draft out of the University of South Florida. He started his college career at Toledo, but transferred to South Florida following the death of his mother and became his younger brother’s legal guardian. In his final year with the Bulls, he caught 67 passes for 822 yards and five touchdowns, and also had five rushing touchdowns as well.

In something that I hadn’t heard about prior to this, Adams used his workout at the NFL’s Scouting Combine to raise money for charity. According to The Sporting News:

Adams isn’t just aiming to enhance his draft stock next week in Indianapolis. The University of South Florida wide receiver is using the platform to raise money via internet fundraising for Experience Camps, a program designed to provide a one-week getaway for youngsters who recently lost a parent, sibling or primary caregiver.

Adams had a target of $3,000 for his fundraiser, and wound up exceeding that goal by a little over $100.

Again, we don’t know for sure if the team has changed the language in their rookie contracts that the NFLPA had issue with or if Adams just decided to sign his deal anyway. If we see a rush of Vikings’ rookies signing their deals, I think we can assume that the language got changed after all. Hopefully we’ll find out more here soon.