With rookies for the Minnesota Vikings gathering today in Eagan for their first ever NFL minicamp, the team has signed yet another member of their 2018 draft class to their first NFL contract.
️ to @brian_oneill_ has signed his rookie contract!— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) May 4, 2018
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The team has announced that they have signed offensive tackle Brian O’Neill to his rookie contract. O’Neill, who was selected in the second round (#62 overall) is now the highest-selected Viking to have signed his rookie contract, after four Vikings’ draft picks inked their deals yesterday.
O’Neill is regarded as a bit of a project and likely won’t start right away, but could certainly be a building block for the future of the Minnesota offensive line at one of the tackle positions.
The terms of the deal have not been released yet, but Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune points out that Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was the 62nd pick in last year’s draft, and he signed a four-year deal worth around $4.2 million with around $2 million guaranteed, so expect O’Neill’s deal to fall along those lines as well.
With O’Neill’s signing, the Vikings just need to get cornerback Mike Hughes, defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes, and tight end Tyler Conklin under contract to have their entire draft class signed.
Congratulations to Brian O’Neill on signing his first-ever NFL contract!