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Vikings sign pass rusher Karter Schult from defunct AAF

EAGAN, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings continue to pick up players from the defunct Alliance of American Football.

Minnesota signed defensive end Karter Schult on Tuesday, April 9, to a deal that a source said is for one-year for the $495,000 minimum. Schult had seven sacks in eight games for the Salt Lake Stallions before the AAF folded last week.

Last week, the Vikings picked up safety Derron Smith and cornerback Duke Thomas from the AAF’s San Antonio Commanders.

Schult was undrafted in 2017 out of Northern Iowa and signed by the Cleveland Browns, getting 11 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in four preseason games before he was cut. Schult was in Minnesota’s rookie minicamp last May but did not sign a contract. He then signed with Carolina before being waived early in training camp.

Schult was married on Saturday before traveling to Minnesota and then signing Tuesday morning.

“It’s been a crazy week to say the least and I couldn’t be more excited to finally announce my signing to be a part of the Minnesota Vikings organization!’’ he wrote on Twitter.

Schult’s minimum salary does not affect the Vikings’ salary-cap situation since he is not one of their 51 highest-paid players.

According to the NFL Players Association, the Vikings have $2,008,682 of cap room. Smith is on the books for $725,000 in 2019, and Thomas’ cap figure of $500,000 also does not affect their cap situation.

Minnesota’s cap number does not include quarterback Sean Mannion, who is expected to sign when he reports next Monday for the start of spring drills. Mannion is expected to get a minimum deal worth $805,000 plus $90,000 in bonuses for a total of $895,000. But he would count just $735,000 against the cap because of the veteran minimum benefit rule. That would drop Minnesota’s cap room to $1,843,682 since Mannion would displace a player in the top 51 making $570,000.

Assuming the Vikings make no other moves of significance, they then would need to carve out about $650,000 to sign all their picks taken in the April 25-27 draft. They need about $2.5 million cap room to sign the eight picks they now have.


The Vikings will start the 2019 preseason by running into a bunch of old friends.

The NFL’s exhibition schedule was announced Tuesday, and the Vikings will begin with a game at New Orleans between Aug. 8-12. The Saints feature former Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as well as former Vikings running back Latavius Murray, cornerback Marcus Sherels and offensive lineman Nick Easton. The latter three all joined the Saints as free agents last month.

The remainder of the schedule includes an Aug. 18 home game against Seattle at 7 p.m. to be broadcast nationally on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, a home game played between Aug. 22-25 against Arizona and an Aug. 29 game at Buffalo. Exact dates for the Saints and Cardinals games will be set later.

The Arizona game will feature star Cardinals receiver and Minneapolis native Larry Fitzgerald. Many thought Fitzgerald was making his final NFL appearance in Minnesota in a regular-season game last October.

The Vikings’ schedule also features games against the Seahawks in both preseason and regular season for a second straight year. The date for Minnesota’s regular-season game at Seattle is expected to be announced next week along with the rest of the schedule.