Deals for the first-round picks leave only three unsigned in the draft class.
The Vikings finalized rookie contracts with their top two draft picks, outside linebacker Anthony Barr and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and only three of their 10 selections remain unsigned.
Barr, the ninth overall pick in the draft, agreed to terms of his deal early Tuesday. Later in the morning, the team announced that Bridgewater, the 32nd pick, had signed his rookie contract, along with outside linebacker Brandon Watts and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen.
The contracts for Barr and Bridgewater are four-year deals with a team option for a fifth year, the standard for first-round picks per the collective bargaining agreement. Watts and Stephen, who both were seventh-round picks, signed four-year contracts. Barr’s deal was confirmed by an NFL source.
Third-round defensive end Scott Crichton, third-round running back Jerick McKinnon and sixth-round safety Antone Exum have not yet agreed to terms. The Vikings are expected to finalize deals with those players soon, though, as the current draft system slots players into set salary parameters based on their draft spot.
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 per NFL rules can’t practice with the Vikings again until the June 17-19 mandatory minicamp because classes still are in session at UCLA.
Bridgewater, however, remains in town to participate in the team’s voluntary offseason program. Bridgewater, whom the Vikings targeted and selected after acquiring the last pick of the first round from the Seahawks, has made positive early impressions the coaching staff.
During his final season at Louisville, Bridgewater completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,970 yards and 31 touchdowns with four interceptions. He tossed 72 touchdown passes over three collegiate seasons.
|Univ of Minnesota||6:05 PM|
|New York||6:00 PM|
|LA Lakers||7:00 PM|
|NY Rangers||7:00 PM|
|Liberty||30||2nd Half 17:20|
|Ohio State||29||2nd Half|
|Maine||0||1st Half 17:42|
|George Washington||6:00 PM|
|Tennessee||12||1st Half 14:52|
|Notre Dame||10||1st Half 15:28|
|SE Missouri St||6:00 PM|
|St Francis-PA||5||1st Half 17:30|
|Mount St Marys||0|
|Wagner||5||1st Half 15:52|
|Long Island||7||1st Half 17:17|
|La Salle||0||1st Half 19:16|
|Providence||3||1st Half 16:11|
|Binghamton||4||1st Half 16:30|
|UMBC||2||1st Half 17:19|
|Sacred Heart||4||1st Half 18:19|
|Wake Forest||7:00 PM|
|St Bonaventure||7:00 PM|
|New Mexico St||7:00 PM|
|SIU Edwardsville||8:00 PM|
|St Johns||8:00 PM|
|Miss State||8:00 PM|
|Utah State||8:00 PM|
|Air Force||9:00 PM|
|Colorado State||9:00 PM|
|Boise State||9:00 PM|
|San Jose St|
|San Diego St||10:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara||10:59 PM|
|Auburn||62||2nd Half 2:27|
|Penn State||31||2nd Half|
|Clemson||18||1st Half 2:56|
|Boston U||4||1st Half 17:47|
|Coll of Charleston||0||1st Half 17:29|
|Drexel||3||1st Half 17:51|
|Towson||0||1st Half 19:25|
|William & Mary||2|
|Ball State||4||1st Half 15:34|
|Western Mich||2||1st Half 17:42|
|Ohio U||5||1st Half 16:51|
|Youngstown St||5||1st Half 16:08|
|Illinois-Chicago||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|
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