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Updated: May 15th, 2013 2:34pm
Only first-rounders left after Vikings sign three more draft picks

Only first-rounders left after Vikings sign three more draft picks

by Tom Pelissero
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For the second consecutive day, the Minnesota Vikings signed three of their draft picks, announcing on Wednesday afternoon they've finalized deals with punter Jeff Locke and offensive linemen Jeff Baca and Travis Bond.

That puts six of the Vikings' nine draft picks under contract more than two months before training camp, leaving only first-rounders Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson to go.

Terms of the deals signed on Wednesday weren't immediately available, though the way rookie contracts are scaled under the collective-bargaining agreement doesn't leave much room for negotiation.

All three picks the Vikings signed on Tuesday -- linebackers Gerald Hodges ($420,108) and Michael Mauti ($62,728) and defensive tackle Everett Dawkins ($50,352) -- received the maximum signing bonuses allotted for their respective slots, according to NFL sources.

Locke, the fifth-round pick from UCLA, was in line for a signing bonus of $184,192. Baca, the sixth-rounder from UCLA, was in line for a bonus of $96,600. Bond, a seventh-round rounder from North Carolina, was in line for a bonus of $62,448.

All the contracts are for four years.

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