A pair of former Ducks may be teammates at the next level.
Running back Tony Brooks-James (Oregon, 2014-18) and wide receiver Dillon Mitchell (Oregon, 2016-18) have both signed Reserve/Future contracts with the Minnesota Vikings, following their season-ending loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.
Brooks-James was signed on Sunday on the first day of the Vikings' offseason, along with five other players.
#Vikings sign 6 players to future deals and officially announce the Marcus Sayles signing. Signing today were Tony Brooks-James, Jake Browning, Davion Davis, Brandon Dillon, Mark Fields, Kemon Hall off practice squad.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) January 12, 2020
One day later, the Vikings announced that Mitchell had signed a similar contract.
The Vikings drafted Mitchell in the seventh round (239th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft. He got to compete for the Vikings third wide receiver spot on the depth chart through training camp and the preseason but lost out to Olabisi Johnson who was also drafted in the same round by Minnesota.
Mitchell would spend his entire rookie season on the Vikings practice squad, never getting called up despite the Vikings resigning waived wideout Laquon Treadwell and calling up Davion Davis from the practice squad.
Mitchell tweeted out his excitement about the future following the news.
Thankful and grateful to be with the Vikings again, great talks with people. We didn’t like the end— Dillon Mitchell (@DMFM1_) January 13, 2020
of the season but next
year will be great.
Brooks-James was signed to the Vikings practice squad on December 11th, 2019 after being released by the Pittsburg Steelers. To begin his professional career, he went undrafted but got an invite to the Atlanta Falcons rookie minicamp before being waived at the end of training camp. He then played on the Tampa Bay practice squad before getting signed by the Steelers, where he was on the active roster in wake of injuries to their backfield. He played in three games, carrying the ball eight times for seven yards before being released.
By signing the players to a future contract, the Vikings are putting them on the active roster as of now but their contract won't begin until next season begins in March. Any players not on active rosters at the end of the previous season are eligible to be signed to a future contract.