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After Some Encouragement Gerhart Signs

July 30, 2010

Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Vikings and Toby Gerhart have agreed to terms on a four-year contract. Gerhart was a second round pick out of the University of Stanford. By signing the former Stanford Tree, the Vikings have all of their 2010 draft picks under contract.

Gerhart is expected to be the second-string running back behind Adrian Peterson. That role was vacated by Chester Taylor after he signed a $12.5 million dollar contract with the Chicago Bears this offseason.

Gerhart was publicly “encouraged” by Vikings coach Brad Childress yesterday on Sirius radio. “He needs to get his tail signed,” said Childress. “He needs to get down here and not miss a snap.” It’s unclear whether or not Gerhart saw Childress’ quote or if Childress’ words had any effect on the timing of today’s signing.

Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com expects Gerhart to be on the field for today’s practice, which begins at 4:00 p.m.

**UPDATE** Judd Zulgad reports Gerhart’s contract is worth “$3.767 million with $1.939 million fully guaranteed.

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