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The Minnesota Vikings now have 80% of the 2022 draft class underneath contract as 4th-Spherical cornerback Akayleb Evans made it official with the staff on Wednesday.
Coincidentally, Evans signed the dotted line on his birthday. Evans turned 23 on Wednesday.
Vikings followers turned acquainted with Evans just a few months in the past when basic supervisor Kwesi Adofo-Mensah instructed the Pioneer Press about his uncommon scouting technique for the Missouri alumnus. Adofo-Mensah mentioned about this discovery of Evans, “Evans was a guy I remember watching at night. I’d sometimes watch him in the dark, and you’re looking at his size…”
Till Wednesday, a logjam existed for rookies from the 4th Spherical as a operating again named Dameon Pierce from the Houston Texans obtained a contract with $25,000 greater than traditional, resetting the market in a junior method for 4th-Rounders. Evans’ contract needs to be 4 years and $4.4 million when the ink dries.
Evans was a reasonably costly addition to the Vikings roster again in April. Adofo-Mensah performed a flurry of trades in the course of the NFL draft, and Evans was the byproduct of a commerce with the Cleveland Browns, Adofo-Mensah’s earlier employer. He shipped a 2022 Fifth-Spherical choose and a 2023 4th-Spherical choose to Cleveland for the draft choose that netted Evans. However that’s evidently a small worth to pay for a person admired late at evening by a first-year basic supervisor.
The Vikings make use of a handful of corners who figured to command a number of taking part in time, together with Patrick Peterson, Cameron Dantzler, Chandon Sullivan, and rookie Andrew Sales space. But, someplace across the CB4 part of the roster, Evans will compete for defensive snaps.