As usual, the Texas A&M Football team sent some strong talent to the NFL in 2021. The 2021 NFL Draft saw four players taken from the school in College Station. Most notably, Kellen Mond, the Aggies’ 3.5-year starting quarterback was selected by the Minnesota Vikings near the beginning of the 3rd round.
Mond joins a Vikings team that will still be riding Kirk Cousins into the 2021 season. That said, Cousins’ career is waning and Kellen Mond will have time to learn from a statistically solid NFL quarterback.
But before he gets there, Mond had to sign his first contract to officially get his NFL career underway. On Tuesday, he did just that.
Here are the details of former Texas A&M Football QB Kellen Mond’s first NFL contract
On Monday, it was reported that Texas A&M’s former starting quarterback was getting close to signing his first NFL contract with the Minnesota Vikings. On Tuesday, he took that next step, putting pen to paper and making his contract official.
On a surface level, Mond’s contract is pretty simple. The soon-to-be backup quarterback signed a 4-year, $5.2 million contract in total. Around $4 million of that will be salary-based, while the remaining $1.2 million will come in the form of a signing bonus.
As for how his contract will work against the Vikings’ salary cap, you’ll dive into a different story. In year one, Mond will eat $950,000 of Minnesota’s cap space. That’ll increase to $1.2 million in his second year, $1.4 million in his third year, and finally, $1.7 million in his fourth year.
The Minnesota Vikings have the option to release Kellen Mond whenever they want.
Mond cannot sign a contract extension until his third season with the Vikings, so assuming they’ll make a choice between him and Kirk Cousins in the next couple of seasons, this could bode well for Minnesota’s bank account.
For now, Mond will be fighting to take over Kirk Cousins’ starting spot in Minnesota. As of right now, it’s unlikely, but possible to happen in year one. Time will tell, as the young quarterback will look to learn under the veteran Cousins in year one.