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Nate Stanley officially signs rookie contract

He’s the first member of the Vikings’ draft class to put pen to paper

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Nearly three months ago. . .seriously, can you believe the NFL Draft was nearly three months ago. . .the Minnesota Vikings called the names of fifteen young men to come and join their team. On Monday, the thirteenth player drafted by the team that weekend became the first to officially join the squad.

Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley, one of the Vikings’ four seventh-round picks this past April, signed his rookie contract, making him the first member of the Vikings’ 2020 draft class to sign. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Stanley had a decent career at the University of Iowa, passing for just over 8,300 yards and 68 touchdowns in his three seasons as the Hawkeyes’ starter. He also had a 27-12 record as Iowa’s starting quarterback, including going 3-0 in bowl games and handing the Minnesota Golden Gophers their first loss of the 2019 season.

Stanley will be competing for the #3 quarterback slot with Jake Browning, but that could mean a spot on the practice squad as the Vikings only carried two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster last season.

Congratulations to Nate Stanley on becoming the first member of the Vikings’ draft class to sign his rookie deal! I’m guessing we’re going to be getting a lot of news of draft picks signing here in the near future, as we’re just two weeks from the start of Training Camp.