Vikings Finalize 2019 Draft Class Deals

More clarity arrived regarding Vikings long snapper Austin Cutting‘s status recently, and the seventh-round pick agreed to terms on his rookie deal, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (on Twitter).

Cutting’s commitment to the Air Force Academy had left his status in limbo for a while this offseason, but he has been cleared to play. This marks the last of 2019’s Day 3 draft choices to agree to the terms of his rookie contract. Cutting’s deal is for four years and $2.59MM.

Cutting will serve a two-year military commitment but will be allowed to play for the Vikings, with Tomasson tweeting the arrangement will allow the Air Force product to live in Minnesota during that time. Cutting will serve as a first-year recruiting lieutenant, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic tweets.

It is not a given this year’s No. 250 overall pick will make Minnesota’s roster, despite being the rare long snapper draft choice. Kevin McDermott has served as the Vikings’ deep snapper since 2015. McDermott, 29, is signed through 2020.

Only five draft picks — first-rounders Nick Bosa (49ers), Quinnen Williams (Jets), Daniel Jones (Giants), Brian Burns (Panthers), and second-rounder Deebo Samuel (49ers) — remain unsigned.

Here is the Vikings’ 2019 draft class:

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  1. afsooner02

    The academies should all follow this route. Let your better athletes go pro and they can still serve locally in their communities as recruiters or other functions.

    Not a queens fan, but glad this was resolved in the right way.

    • Connorsoxfan

      Plus I’d bet a professional athlete can be a lot more influential than many recruiters so that might even work out better for everyone

    • JJB0811

      Agree. Maybe 1 a year can make it pro from the military schools. Let them play plus work for their branch.

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