All Rookies Are Under Contract

The Vikings managed to sign all of their eight rookies to contracts prior to camp, ending with running back Toby Gerhart finalizing his deal prior to Friday’s practice.  Here are how each rookie deal stacks up:

Chris Cook (pick 34):  4-years, $5.37M ($3.3M guaranteed)

Toby Gerhart (pick 51):  4-years, $3.767M ($1.939M guaranteed)

Everson Griffen (pick 100):  4-years, $2.33M ($540,000 signing bonus)

Chris DeGeare (pick 161):  4-years, $1.954M ($164,800 signing bonus)

Nathan Triplett (pick 167):  4-years, $1.94M ($152,213 signing bonus)

Joe Webb (pick 199):  4-years, $1.882M ($92,515 signing bonus)

Mickey Shuler (pick 214):  4-years, $1.85M ($62,730 signing bonus)

Ryan D’Imperio (pick 237):  4-years, $1.837M ($47,150 signing bonus)

It will take a long time before the rare inter-division trade that the Vikings and Lions agreed to on draft day to be fully evaluated.  Before Jahvid Best and Chris Cook even take the field, however, it is interesting to note the financial difference that the Vikings gained by moving backwards a mere four spots to pick up Chris Cook.

Jahvid Best signed a five year deal worth $9.8 million, or $1.96 million per year.  In comparison, Chris Cook will make $1.343 million per year on average. 

Finances don’t matter to fans as much as normal this year, with the absence of a cap and all, but the financial difference is worth noting in case the cap does return.

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One Response to “All Rookies Are Under Contract”

  1. B. Grant says:

    So if I have this straight, we just guaranteed over six million dollars to eight young men who have never played a down of pro football in their lives. A couple are being guaranteed an amount that might well be more than their parents earn their entire lives. And if they can actually PLAY pro football, then they get another load of cash on top of that. What a business model this is! Guess the recession hasn’t hit pro football yet.

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