Rookie Minicamp Concludes & A Few Moves Result
The Vikings have concluded their rookie minicamp, and the release of Chris Kluwe wasn’t the only roster movement of note, so here is what we know:
DURON CARTER: I will be travelling to Middletown, Ohio today where Cris Carter will be honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance in his hometown. As Carter speaks to a group of students, I would expect to hear him relay an important message that will draw on his experiences as a troubled young man that had to overcome numerous demons before becoming one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history. His son, Duron, will also have to overcome his fair share of adversity if he wants to have a successful NFL career. It appears that the Vikings will not be offering the younger Carter a contract after he tried out with the club over the weekend.
BRANDON KEITH: The 28 year-old tackle was a seventh round selection of the Arizona Cardinals in 2008. He started 20 out of 26 possible games as a Cardinal, but knee injuries derailed his career and he sat out the entire 2012 season. Keith was reportedly at the Vikings minicamp on a tryout basis, but the Vikings signed him to a contract, as announced on Monday. Keith is listed at 6′ 5″ and 335 pounds.
ADAM THIELEN: The Minnesota State-Mankato wide out is 6′ 1″ and 192 pounds and also was signed to a contract after his tryout. Last season, Thielen posted 74 catches for 1,176 yards and eight touchdowns. Thielen, prior to the Draft, participated in a set of regional combines with hopes of catching the eye of an NFL scout or two. At his pro day he ran a 4.49 second forty yard dash and could try to establish himself as a viable return man option. A long shot to win a final roster spot? Sure. But he has already beat out some competition, as wide out Nicholas Edwards who was signed last week. This is a significant vote of confidence for Thielen, however, as the Vikings gave Edwards a $5,000 signing bonus which is pretty high for an undrafted rookie.
ZACH LINE: The ‘tweener fullback was signed as an undrafted rookie and the Vikings gave him the largest signing bonus of all the undrafted rookies. He received an $8,000 signing bonus in exchange for his services. If you think that the size of a signing bonus might be an indication as to how serious the Vikings are about developing these young prospects, 1500 ESPN has a full list of bonus amount which you can view right here.