David Yankey’s agent tweeted early Friday morning that his client had signed his rookie contract with the Vikings. Friday afternoon the Vikings confirmed the Yankey signing, and also announced that they have locked up rookie cornerbacks Jabari Price and Kendall James.
James was taken in the sixth round, #184 overall, out of Maine. Price was selected in the seventh round, #225 overall, out of North Carolina.
Both young corners have shown a lot of confidence in their early appearances with the media. Price boastfully told Mike Wobschall, “There’s not nothing that Jabari can’t do, I do it all.”
James told the Star-Trib’s Matt Vensel, “I can bring toughness to them and help on special teams and I’m just an all-around great cover corner. I think I can bring a lot to help this defense.”
Confidence is fine but the truth is both Price and James have a long road ahead of them if they want to lock down a job with the Vikings. In addition to the rookies, the Vikings have veteran free agent Derek Cox and returning players Shaun Prater, Marcus Sherels and Josh Robinson also competing for positions.
Both rookies signed four year deals under the terms of the CBA.