Vikings News: Rookies finally starting to sign their contracts

(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) Justin Jefferson
(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) Justin Jefferson /

Wednesday has been full of new and exciting Minnesota Vikings news.

Football games being played again is getting closer to being a reality and as players around the NFL begin to report for training camp, the amount of Minnesota Vikings news is starting to increase more and more.

Rookies will be among the first players to check in to Vikings camp this year and up until Wednesday, the majority of the team’s draft picks weren’t even under contract yet.

For a team like Minnesota, who added 15 guys in this year’s NFL Draft, things were getting a little down to the wire with training camp getting underway in the near future. However, it seems like the Vikings and their draft picks are starting to finally put some pens to paper.

Vikings News: How many rookies have signed so far?

News of Minnesota’s 2020 draft picks starting to agree to their rookie deals began to trickle in on Wednesday. Below is a list of the players who have signed already and we’ll continue to update the post until each draft pick is under contract.

Justin Jefferson – WR (First Round, Pick 22)

This year’s top draft selection for the Vikings, Jefferson reportedly signed his rookie deal on Wednesday according to ESPN’s Field Yates. He is expected to come in and take over as Minnesota’s No. 2 receiver to try and help make up for the loss of Stefon Diggs.

Ezra Cleveland – OT (Second Round, Pick 58)

The franchise’s potential long-term solution at left tackle, Cleveland and the Vikings were able to reportedly agree to terms on Wednesday according to multiple reports. He could potentially be a starter at tackle or at guard for Minnesota in 2020.

D.J. Wonnum – DE (Fourth Round, Pick 117)

Now that he’s reportedly signed his rookie contract according to the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson, Wonnum should be able to help improve some of the Vikings’ pass-rushing depth that they are currently lacking.

James Lynch – DT (Fourth Round, Pick 130)

A versatile defensive lineman who can line up on the inside or the outside, Lynch agreed to terms on his rookie deal with Minnesota on Wednesday according to multiple reports.

Troy Dye – LB (Fourth Round, Pick 132)

Someone who should at least be a solid contributor for the Vikings on special teams in 2020, Dye has signed his rookie contract with Minnesota according to Tomasson.

K.J. Osborn – WR (Fifth Round, Pick 176)

A likely contender to be a factor in the return game for the Vikings in 2020, Osborn revealed on his Instagram account on Wednesday that he has signed his rookie deal.

Blake Brandel – OT (Sixth Round, Pick 203)

Minnesota’s second offensive tackle from this year’s draft class reportedly signed his rookie contract with the team on Wednesday according to Tomasson.

Nathan Stanley – QB (Seventh Round, Pick 244)

A solid quarterback out of Iowa, Stanley was actually the first of Minnesota’s 2020 draft picks to sign with the team this year. The Vikings announced last week that he had signed on the dotted line of his rookie contract.

Kyle Hinton – OG (Seventh Round, Pick 253)

Minnesota and the small school guard agreed to terms on Wednesday according to multiple reports. Given his position, Hinton might have a better shot to make the Vikings final roster this year than some of their other late-round draft selections.

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*Update: The Vikings announced on Thursday that their entire 2020 draft class is now under contract, including first-round pick Jeff Gladney.