Sunday, December 4, 2016

Rick Spielman

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The newest class of Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings rookies are in the building this weekend for rookie mini-camp. Draft picks, undrafted free agents, and tryout players alike will try to climb the mountain of making the Vikings 53-man roster (remember, John Randle was a tryout/UDFA), in what could be the most competitive offseason in team history. There is talent everywhere.

Today we run through a few of the rookies and forecast what their present and future roles could be in Purple. Beyond the headliners in wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and cornerback Mackensie Alexander, there are a number of interesting names who can bring something to the Vikings’ table.

All that and other “Chewbacca was a Rookie” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

Vikings Sign Seventh-Round Pick Jayron Kearse
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Minnesota Vikings rookie safety Jayron Kearse is the second draft pick to sign with the team after agreeing to a four-year, $2.4 million deal with the Vikings. According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, Kearse will sign his contract, which includes a $64,224 signing bonus, on Thursday.

Sign German WR Moritz Boehringer
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Moritz Boehringer is learning that life moves quickly in America. The Minnesota Vikings’ newest wide receiver was drafted in the sixth round on Saturday, fielded questions from reporters on Sunday, and found himself at Winter Park on Monday. There, he became the first 2016 NFL Draft pick to sign a contract.

According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, the German receiver signed a four-year, $2.49 million deal, which includes a $150,420 signing bonus. He isn’t just the first rookie to sign a contract; he’s also the first ever rookie to be drafted directly from Europe.

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On Day Three of the 2016 NFL Draft the Minnesota Vikings have added offensive lineman Willie Beavers, linebacker Kentrell Brothers, and wide out Moritz Boehringer. They also added two picks to their 2017 arsenal on Friday by trading out of the third round.

On Saturday, Spielman once again made a trade, this time with his 186th overall selection. He traded, once again, with his former team the Miami Dolphins. In fact, the pick that Spielman traded to Miami was the sixth rounder he acquired from them just yesterday.

So, what did the Vikings get in return?

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