Robinson signs contract with Vikings
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — One more signing down, and the Minnesota Vikings are only left with one to go.
Third-round draft pick Josh Robinson has signed with the team -- for four years, according to ProFootballTalk.com -- and now Minnesota has only top pick Matt Kalil to sign before players are required to report to training camp on Thursday.
Robinson, a speedy cornerback out of Central Florida, was the 66th selection in April's draft and one of several players at the top of the third round who were still unsigned as camps opened this week. Robinson is expected to compete for Minnesota's third cornerback spot with free-agent signee Chris Carr and also might figure into the mix as a returner.
Robinson ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the Combine, the fastest time at the NFL's annual scouting event. He had 10 career interceptions while at Central Florida, tied for second most in school history.
Kalil, the Vikings' No. 4 overall pick, is the last of the team's selections left to sign and one of four first-rounders who haven't agreed to deals. The left tackle out of Southern Cal is expected to start immediately and upgrade Minnesota's offensive line. Practices in Mankato, Minn., begin Friday.
Reports have indicated the sticking point between Kalil and the Vikings is offset language in the contract. Minnesota's philosophy has been to add “offset” language in a contract to protect itself against guaranteed money if a player is cut and signs elsewhere. The other top picks have signed complete guaranteed deals, with no offset clause.
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