Vikings finalize Adam Thielen extension, sign RFA’s Harris, Hill
EAGAN, Minn. -- The Vikings finalized their roster for the start of offseason workouts.
Officially signing one-year contracts Monday, April 15, were quarterback Sean Mannion, who agreed to a deal on April 7, and wide receiver Jordan Taylor, who agreed to one Saturday. Mannion’s deal is worth $900,000, according to a source.
Minnesota also officially signed wide receiver Adam Thielen to his extension. Thielen agreed Friday to terms on a four-year, $64 million extension that could be worth as much as $73 million with incentives.
The Vikings also announced one-year deals for safety Anthony Harris and tackle Rashod Hill, restricted free agents tendered last month. Harris’ contract is worth $3.095 million, Hill’s $2.025 million.
All the deals were signed before offseason workouts got underway Monday. There will be more this spring, most notably with the April 25-27 NFL Draft and the signing afterward of undrafted rookies.
Mannion, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the Rams, is expected to compete with Kyle Sloter to be the backup to starter Kirk Cousins. Sloter, the third-stringer last season, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press last month he is “more than ready” for that role.
Trevor Siemian, last year’s backup to Cousins, signed last month with the New York Jets. The Vikings likely will add a fourth quarterback by taking one in the draft or by signing an undrafted free agent.
The Rams’ third-round draft pick in 2015, Mannion played with the team as a rookie in St. Louis and for the past three seasons in Los Angeles. He made a base salary of $877,778 last year. Mannion, who turns 27 on April 25, has appeared in 10 regular-season games, starting one, and has completed 33 of 53 passes (62.3 percent) for 258 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
Taylor caught 29 passes for 351 yards with the Denver Broncos in 2016 and 2017 before missing last season with a hip injury. He was on the practice squad in 2015. Minnesota assistant head coach/offensive adviser Gary Kubiak was Denver’s head coach for Taylor’s first two years in the NFL.
Jordan could compete with Laquon Treadwell and Chad Beebe to be the No. 3 receiver behind Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Also on the roster at receiver are Brandon Zylstra and Jeff Badet.
The Vikings also are looking at Taylor as a possible punt returner to replace the departed Marcus Sherels. For the Broncos in 2017, Taylor returned 11 punts for 103 yards for a 9.4 average.
Former stars Carl Eller and Steve Jordan are fired up about announcing the Vikings’ picks on the second day of the draft April 26 in Nashville, Tenn.
Eller, a hall of fame defensive end who played with the Vikings from 1964-78, will announce their second-round pick, and Jordan, a six-time Pro Bowl selection at tight end who played with them from 1982-94, will announce their third-round selection.
“That’s quite an honor,’’ Eller said. “That’s a big deal.’’
“I am truly honored and excited about announcing it,’’ Jordan said.”