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Vikings sign three of their 2014 draft picks

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under Vikings Updated: May 16, 2014 - 4:29 PM

The Vikings have signed three of their 2014 draft picks, the team announced Friday. Guard David Yankey and cornerbacks Kendall James and Jabari Price have inked their rookie deals.

Yankey, a guard from Stanford, was selected in the fifth round last Saturday.

James, a corner from Maine, and Price, who went to North Carolina, went in the sixth and seventh rounds, respectively.

Seven draft picks remain unsigned, including top picks Anthony Barr and Teddy Bridgewater, but the Vikings have plenty of time to agree to terms with those players and the new CBA leaves less to negotiate because draft picks are slotted into certain salaries.

The Vikings also signed another undrafted free agent, guard Austin Wentworth of Fresno State, and put guard Josh Samuda on injured reserve. Samuda had been waived after a serious ankle injury in offseason workouts.

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