MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings announced on Tuesday afternoon they signed third-round pick Jerick McKinnon to his rookie contract, meaning they've got their entire 10-player draft class under contract.
McKinnon, the 96th pick in the draft, would be in line to receive a total of $2,745,000 over the next four years, with a signing bonus of $515,000. The Vikings, who didn't sign their three first-round picks until the final hours before training camp last year, were able to move through their draft class much quicker this year. Considering how cut-and-dried rookie contracts are in the current collective bargaining agreement, it shouldn't take long for players to sign, and the Vikings can now put the process to bed for the year.
McKinnon got plenty of work as a receiver out of the backfield at the Vikings' open organized team activity last week, and has a chance to carve out a distinct role in the Vikings' offense fairly quickly.
"We have a couple different types of backs. (Jerick) has a chance to do a lot of different things," coach Mike Zimmer said last week. "Matt (Asiata) is kind of an all-purpose guy. He’s a good runner, good protector. He’s probably not as explosive as Jerick is, or Adrian (Peterson), but he can take some punishment, he can give some punishment. So actually, we’re always looking for different types of backs. We’re not always looking for the same guy. You want to have a change-of-pace guy, you want to have a guy who can catch the ball out of the backfield and obviously you want to have Peterson.”