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Updated: May 20th, 2014 10:23am
Vikings sign Bridgewater, three other draftees to rookie contracts

Vikings sign Bridgewater, three other draftees to rookie contracts

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Vikings signed their top picks about two months earlier than last year. 

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, linebacker Brandon Watts and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen agreed to their contracts on Tuesday, the team announced.

Rookie contracts became rather boilerplate after changes to most recent collective bargaining agreement in 2011 slotted their value based upon where they were selected in the draft, therefore teams are wrapping up deals sooner. 

Expect Bridgewater's deal to be around the $6.7 million, including $3.3 million signing bonus, that last year's 32nd overall pick Matt Elam received. 

Linebacker Anthony Barr, taken ninth overall by Minnesota, signed his rookie contract on Tuesday, per ESPN. The Vikings now have 7 of their 10 picks signed after already agreeing to terms with fifth-round guard David Yankey, sixth-round cornerback Kendall James and seventh-round cornerback Jabari Price.

Barr's four-year deal is standard for the ninth overall pick -- worth $12,743,596 with a $7,588,072 prorated signing bonus, per ESPN. Last year's pick at No. 9, the New York Jets' Dee Milliner, signed a four-year deal worth $12.66 million.

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
Email Andrew | @andrew_krammer
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