» After being picked ninth overall in the NFL draft, linebacker Anthony Barr officially signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, inking a fully guaranteed contract worth $12,743,596 over four years. He will get a signing bonus of $7,588,072, and the team can exercise a fifth-year option.
He and other former UCLA players must return to campus through spring quarter, however, since NFL rules dictate that anyone who hasn’t graduated cannot stay their teams until their school sessions end.
» Houston Texans sideline reporter John Harris said Xavier Su’a-Filo will become the starting left guard by Week 1, and be a “key figure” in the run game for at least the next five to seven years.
» Picked in the fourth round, Cassius Marsh looked like the best Seattle Seahawks defensive rookie early in minicamp. He’ll likely be a rush end as a pro, with a chance to spot at H-back.
» Shaq Evans signed a four-year deal for $2.3 million and a $450,000 signing bonus, but like the rest of the Jets rookie receivers, dropped passes in minicamp. He is now finishing up a Scandinavian literature course before heading back east.
» Playing under Lou Spanos might give linebacker Jordan Zumwalt a head start in Pittsburgh. A defensive coordinator at UCLA for two years before leaving to the Tennessee Titans in January, Spanos was the Steelers’ defensive quality control coach from 1995 to 2009.
» Former walk-on receiver Jerry Rice Jr. wasn’t signed after the Baltimore Ravens’ rookie minicamp, but will head to the San Francisco 49ers for another shot this weekend.