Vikings practice-squad DE Ifeadi Odenigbo spurns Eagles offer, gets raise

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Practice-squad defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo already is planning to re-sign with the Vikings for next season.

Odenigbo said Friday the Philadelphia Eagles recently “were pretty heavily interested” in signing him to their 53-man roster. So the Vikings bumped Odenigbo’s salary to $28,235 a week, which is what he would have made on a minimum contract had he joined the Eagles.

The NFL practice-squad minimum is $7,600 per week.

“When you’re on the practice squad, you don’t really know if you’re staying with a team, but (the Vikings) told me they look at me as part of the future, so it was cool,’’ Odenigbo said. “They told me, ‘We have plans for you and trust the process and we’ll match their offer.’ So that worked out well.’’

If Odenigbo is not called up to Minnesota’s 53-man roster and finishes the season on the practice squad, he said he “most likely” will sign a futures deal to be on the offseason roster. Teams usually sign most of their practice-squad players to such deals after the season.

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