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Kene Nwangwu signs rookie contract

More signings rolling in

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The Minnesota Vikings have announced the signing of yet another one of their 2021 NFL Draft picks, bringing the total to six as they roll through their first rookie mini-camp of the season.

Running back Kene Nwangwu, one of the Vikings’ three fourth-round picks a couple of weeks ago, has agreed to the terms of his rookie contract, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Nwangwu’s deal is a four-year contract with a value of $4.23 million. He will receive a signing bonus of $752,800 and will count for $848,200 against the Vikings’ salary cap for 2021.

Nwangwu will have an opportunity to take the RB3 spot on the depth chart with Mike Boone having departed for Denver in the offseason. He’ll also have an opportunity to serve as the team’s primary kick returner, a role he excelled at in college at Iowa State.

With the signing of Nwangwu, the Vikings have now gotten over half of their draft class signed. They have yet to sign their four third-round picks: QB Kellen Mond, LB Chazz Surratt, G Wyatt Davis, and DE Patrick Jones II. They also have one fourth-round pick, DE Janarius Robinson, that has yet to put pen to paper. I wouldn’t expect there to be much of a delay for those signings, however.

Congratulations to Kene Nwangwu on officially becoming a member of the Minnesota Vikings and a part of the National Football League!