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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Vikings sign Exum, finish Barr's deal

By Ben Goessling

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings now have eight of their 10 draft picks officially signed. The team announced deals on Wednesday with sixth-round safety Antone Exum and first-rounder Anthony Barr (who had agreed to a $12.74 million contract on Tuesday morning).

Exum, who was the 182nd overall pick in the draft, is expected to receive a $115,788 signing bonus and $2,335,788 over the next four seasons, according to the standard deal for his draft slot. He played in just three games last season after tearing his ACL in a January 2013 basketball game and spraining his ankle following his return from knee surgery. Exum intercepted five passes in 2012 and was a second-team all-ACC pick. The Vikings will try him at safety after he spent much of his college career at cornerback.

"The bigger corners that may not be quite as fast that are better tacklers, that are more physical, smart -- they have to be smart -- we always have a little category for those guys to be a possibility of being safeties," coach Mike Zimmer said last week. "And (general manager) Rick (Spielman), their group upstairs, really they have little niche places for all of these guys, so they’ve been doing it for a while."

The Vikings' only unsigned draft picks, at this point, are their two third-rounders -- Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton and Georgia Southern running back Jerick McKinnon.