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Updated: July 26th, 2010 5:14pm
Vikings sign 7th-round pick Mickey Shuler; five picks still unsigned

Vikings sign 7th-round pick Mickey Shuler; five picks still unsigned

by Tom Pelissero
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Three down, five to go.

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with tight end Mickey Shuler, a source said on Monday afternoon, putting three of the team's eight draft picks under contract with roughly 72 hours until players report to training camp in Mankato.

Shuler's deal is worth roughly $1.85 million, the source said, including the standard minimum base salaries and a signing bonus of a little more than $60,000.

Linebacker Nate Triplett, the fifth-round pick, and fullback Ryan D'Imperio, a seventh-rounder, agreed to terms earlier. Still unsigned are: second-round picks Chris Cook and Toby Gerhart, fourth-round pick Everson Griffen, fifth-round pick Chris DeGeare and sixth-round pick Joe Webb.

According to NFL sources, talks were ongoing Monday, at least one other deal was close and there are no concerns yet about getting the whole group signed before practice begins at 4 p.m. Friday.

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