The Vikings on Tuesday announced that they have finally signed third round running back Jerick McKinnon, meaning they have now locked up their entire ten-man 2014 draft class.
Here’s a picture of McKinnon putting pen to paper (via @Vikings).
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) June 10, 2014
Good news Jerick McKinnon, you can now afford to buy a new shirt. You don’t have to keep wearing that Senior Bowl shirt (I hope you at least washed it a few times).
Unlike in past years, the Vikings moved quickly this year to get their draft picks signed, but McKinnon’s negotiation dragged out longer than the others thanks to some odd-ball contracts in the late third round range.
McKinnon was taken with the 96th overall pick out of Georgia Southern, where he played option QB as well as running back. The multi-talented McKinnon has drawn positive reviews already in OTAs and is seen as a potential successor to Adrian Peterson when/if the Vikings have to move on from their Pro Bowl running back.
McKinnon also brings receiver skills to the table, making him very valuable in Norv Turner’s system.
McKinnon’s contract is for four years and should be worth a total of around $2.7 million with a signing bonus in the $600,000 range.