The Minnesota Vikings took a flier in the sixth round by drafting the super-athletic wide receiver from Germany, Moritz Boehringer. In doing so, he became the first player drafted out of Europe in NFL history. On Monday, the rookie wasted no time signing his first contract — the first player in the class to do so — and he had a good reason for it.
Because he’s from Germany, he has to apply for a P-1 Visa, which may take some time to get. And in order to be granted one, you have to have a job. So, he’s got that covered now with a four-year $2.49 million contract, including a $150,000 signing bonus.
Moritz Boehringer on signing: "I wanted to get it done early because of my visa.''
The contract, of course, doesn’t guarantee him a roster spot. He’ll have to earn that in training camp. If he plays to the level of his athleticism, he’ll be just fine. And he may even make good on his goal down the road.
Moritz Boehringer. My ultimate goal is to be the Dirk Nowitzki of the NFL but it's a process. I've got to make the team (first).''
There’s no doubting his physical abilities. At his pro day, which caught the attention of scouts around the NFL, he ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash with a vertical of 39 inches. His 10-foot-11 broad jump was exceptional, as well.
Boehringer will be an easy rookie to cheer for this offseason.