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Updated: July 19th, 2012 12:18pm
Chase Baker received largest bonus among Vikings' undrafted signings

Chase Baker received largest bonus among Vikings' undrafted signings

by Tom Pelissero
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NFL teams no longer have unlimited resources for signing undrafted rookies, thanks to the $75,000 limit instituted with the collective-bargaining agreement last summer.

In a memo issued by the NFL Players' Association in May, the largest individual bonus reported in this year's class was $20,000, from the Tennessee Titans to long snapper Beau Brinkley.

That makes it more difficult to analyze the competition for players' services after the draft. But with training camp one week away, it's interesting nonetheless to look at where the Minnesota Vikings deployed their resources.

According to NFL sources, the largest undrafted signing bonus the Vikings handed out this year was $10,000 to Chase Baker, a 6-foot-1, 298-pound defensive tackle who had 100 tackles (43 solo), 6½ sacks and 13 tackles for loss in four seasons at Boise State.

Nicholls State cornerback Bobby Felder and Iowa linebacker Tyler Nielsen received $7,500 each, while UCLA halfback Derrick Coleman, Hawaii linebacker Corey Paredes and Mississippi State center Quentin Saulsberry received $5,000 each.

Others still on the roster who received signing bonuses include end Ernest Owusu ($3,500), receiver Kamar Jorden ($2,500), end Eric Latimore ($2,000) and offensive lineman Austin Pasztor ($2,000).

A half-dozen other rookies -- cornerbacks Corey Gatewood and Nicholas Taylor, offensive linemen Tyler Holmes and Darrion Weems, end Anthony Jacobs and receiver A.J. Love -- received no bonus at all.

All of those players received three-year contracts with minimum base salaries and injury splits in the first two years. Given the relatively paltry nature of the bonuses, it's not uncommon for an agent to steer a player to a better situation rather than the best bonus.

By comparison, the Vikings' lowest-drafted player, seventh-round pick Trevor Guyton, got $60,256 to sign.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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