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Vikings agree to terms with top picks Anthony Barr, Teddy Bridgewater

Posted by: Matt Vensel under Vikings, NFL draft Updated: May 20, 2014 - 1:44 PM

The Vikings and Anthony Barr, the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, have agreed to terms on a rookie contract, according to a league source. And the team has announced the signing of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the 32nd overall selection.

Both deals are four-year deals with a team option for a fifth year, per the collective bargaining agreement.

Barr and Bridgewater are two of the six 2014 first-round picks who have signed or agreed to terms. The others are No. 5 pick Khalil Mack (Raiders), No. 12 pick Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants), No. 14 pick Kyle Fuller (Bears) and No. 20 pick Brandin Cooks (Saints).

The Vikings had their eyes on Barr, an outside linebacker from UCLA, throughout the draft process and selected him after trading back one spot in the first round on May 8. During his two seasons as an outside linebacker at UCLA, Barr made 149 tackles, forced nine fumbles and racked up 23.5 sacks. He also had 40.5 tackles for a loss.

While Barr was practicing with the Vikings for the first time during the team’s rookie minicamp over the weekend, the Vikings and Barr’s representation began discussing a deal.

Barr is back in California now and can't practice with the Vikings again until next month's mandatory minicamp because classes are still in session at UCLA.

Bridgewater, however, remains in town and is already impressing the coaching staff.

The Vikings also announced deals for outside linebacker Brandon Watts and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen. Three of their 10 picks -- defensive end Scott Crichton, running back Jerick McKinnon and safety Antone Exum -- remain unsigned.

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