The Minnesota Vikings are off and running this morning in free agency after the 130-day lockout ended Monday with a new 10-year labor agreement between the owners and players.
The Vikings signed Kentucky running back Derrick Locke this morning. Locke was considered one of the top 10 undrafted rookie free agents before signing with Minnesota. Locke rushed for 887 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He also was impressive at the NFL Combine, running a 4.37 40-yard dash.
The Vikings have also signed Ohio State cornerback Devon Torrence, Hillsdale wide receiver Andre Holmes and Arizona offensive guard Conan Amituanai. Holmes, who is 6 feet 4, reportedly runs a 4.45 40, but could be the ideal developmental guy for the Vikings.
Other rookie free agents who reportedly have agreed to deals with Minnesota include Iowa tight end Allen Reisner and Miami cornerback Ryan Hill.
Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman estimates the team will sign “almost 30 bodies” in order to get close to a 90-player roster to start camp.