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Vikings guarantee most money ever under Zimmer to undrafted free agents

The fact the Vikings selected 15 players in the draft meant they could be more selective in undrafted free agency this year — and uncertainty about the start of the 2020 season meant teams would likely spend more on players they believed could contribute even with COVID-19 concerns wiping out spring practices.

In any case, as the Vikings worked to sign rookie free agents this year, they continued their trend of giving out larger sums of guaranteed money to lock up their undrafted rookies.

According to sources with access to NFLPA salary data, the Vikings guaranteed $473,300 to their 12 undrafted free agents, giving $103,300 in signing bonuses and $370,000 in 2020 base salary guarantees.

The $473,300 sum is the most money the Vikings have guaranteed to undrafted free agents in the Mike Zimmer era, surpassing the $347,500 they guaranteed in 2019 and $316,000 they guaranteed in 2018.

Central Florida cornerback Nevelle Clarke led the group with $115,000 in guaranteed money, receiving a $15,000 signing bonus and $100,000 base salary guarantee. Texas A&M receiver Quartney Davis ($10,000 signing bonus, $100,000 base guarantee) was the only other player to surpass six figures in guaranteed money.

Here is the Vikings’ full list of guaranteed money for undrafted free agents:

Nevelle Clarke, CB, Central Florida: $115,000 ($15,000 signing bonus, $100,000 base salary guarantee)

Quartney Davis, WR, Texas A&M: $110,000 ($10,000 signing bonus, $100,000 base guarantee)

Dan Chisena, WR, Penn State: $60,000 ($10,000 signing bonus, $50,000 base guarantee)

Brady Aiello, T, Oregon: $45,000 ($10,000 signing bonus, $35,000 base guarantee)

Blake Lynch, LB, Baylor: $40,000 ($10,000 signing bonus, $30,000 base guarantee)

Jake Bargas, TE, North Carolina: $30,000 ($10,000 signing bonus, $20,000 base guarantee)

Myles Dorn, S, North Carolina:  $30,000 ($10,000 signing bonus, $20,000 base guarantee)

David Moa, DT, Boise State: $30,000 ($10,000 signing bonus, $20,000 base guarantee)

Jake Lacina, C, Augustana: $6,300 ($6,300 signing bonus)

Nakia Griffin-Stewart, TE, Pittsburgh: $5,000 ($5,000 signing bonus)

Tyler Higby, G, Michigan State: $2,000 ($2,000 signing bonus)

Jordan Fehr, LB, Applachian State: $0

'My voice will be heard.' Vikings players talk about George Floyd

Eric Kendricks, the Pro Bowl linebacker, was among Vikings players releasing emotional statements calling for change this week as protests over racism and police brutality continue across the country after George Floyd was killed in the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department.

“We’re trying to reach people as best we can. Obviously we need to improve, clearly,” Kendricks said. “But we’re doing so and continue to do so. But I want to hold you guys to the same standard because it’s going to take all of us — for real. It’s not going to happen overnight but we got to do something, and if you’re doing nothing it’s not good enough.”

Safety Anthony Harris shared a few thoughts on “what I’ve been thinking as I’ve watched things unfold not only in the past couple weeks, but my entire life.”

Running back Alexander Mattison

Linebacker Anthony Barr

Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson

Tight end Kyle Rudolph and Wolves guard Josh Okogie

Nose tackle Michael Pierce

Linebacker Troy Dye

Safety Josh Metellus

Receiver Adam Thielen

Twelve Vikings players, including Mattison, Rudolph and Thielen, attended Floyd’s funeral service on Thursday along with Okogie and Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck.

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