EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Whatever drama unfolds in Mankato on the first day of Vikings training camp will not involve top draft choice Matt Kalil.
The team announced Thursday afternoon that the top-rated offensive tackle has signed a deal and will report to camp. Kalil was the final member of the Vikings 10-player 2012 draft class to sign.
Profootballtalk.com reports that the deal apparently had been held up by the Vikings' insistence on offset language that would allow the team to recoup some of his guarantee in the unlikely event that he becomes a bust and is cut before his contract gets done.
As it turns out, PFT has confirmed that the Vikings gave in and there was no offset language. The deal will be a four-year contract worth $19,770,598. It is fully guaranteed and includes a signing bonus of $12,818,620.
The Southern California product was the highest offensive line¬man selected in the 2012 Draft and became the 2nd highest drafted offensive lineman in Vikings history behind Hall of Famer and fellow USC Trojan OT Ron Yary who went No. 1 overall in 1968.
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