One of the Vikings’ most prominent rookies is set to sign her first NFL contract. QB Kellen Mond, Texas A&M’s No.66 pick this year, is set to sign his rookie deal soon, according to Chris Tomasson of Pioneer Press.
Mond will likely put pen to paper this week at the mandatory Vikings minicamp. He gets a four-year contract worth $ 5.22 million, with a signing bonus of $ 1.16 million and a salary cap of $ 950,000 in 2021. When Mond signs on, only three of the 11 Vikings draft picks will not be signed: other third-round players Chazz Surratt, Wyatt Davis and Patrick Jones II.
Mond and a few other rookies have been to the rookie minicamp in May and OTAs in recent weeks, although they have not signed their contracts. When recruits do, they have an injury protection agreement in place.
Mond looked a little shaky outside the rookie minicamp, but it looks like he’s already started to improve working with the Vikings’ coaches. From what we’ve seen of him at OTAs, Mond’s footwork and release feels a bit smoother and his confidence seems to increase as he continues to learn the Minnesota playbook.
So far, Mond has been made easy by working primarily with the third team offense, starting his NFL career behind Kirk Cousins, Jake Browning and Nate Stanley on the depth board. However, there is no doubt that Mond is too talented not to beat Browning and Stanley for the backup job for too long. He’ll have to earn it in training camp and in the preseason if he’s going to take that position before the regular season, but I’d be surprised if that didn’t happen.
Mond won’t see any meaningful snaps in 2021 unless Cousins ââgets injured, but he could push for the job as early as 2022 if it develops quickly. In this scenario, the Vikings could seek out a business partner willing to shoulder Cousins’ fully guaranteed base salary of $ 35 million for 2022. The most likely outcome is that Mond will have the chance to compete for the position in 2023. with Cousins ââgone, or – if he doesn’t progress as the Vikings hope he is, he remains the replacement for Cousins ââor someone else for the duration of his rookie contract.
Regardless, the Vikings have an intriguing developmental QB for the first time since Cousins ââarrived in 2018. It will be very interesting to watch Mond in camp and in preseason games this year.