Vikings Reach Deal With 5th Round G Chris DeGeare

Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with fifth-round guard Chris DeGeare to a four-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

DeGeare appeared in 11 games as a freshman at Wake Forest, earning ACC All-Freshman Team honors in 2005. DeGeare started 22 games at guard over the next two seasons before the death of his mother caused his grades to slip to the point where he was ruled academically ineligible for the 2008 season.

The 6-4, 325-pound DeGeare returned to start 12 games at left tackle for the Demon Deacons in 2009, and was honorable mention All-ACC.

DeGeare is likely ticketed to play right guard for the Vikings, a position he is much more comfortable at. DeGeare has been working with the second-team offensive line during the OTAs and mini-camps, and could challenge Anthony Herrera for a starting role.

With DeGeare in the fold, the Vikings have two picks--second-rounders Chris Cook and Toby Gerhart--to sign before opening camp on July 30.

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