Ham had one year remaining on his contract, as a restricted free agent. Now, he is locked in with his hometown club through the 2023 NFL season.
Reportedly, Ham’s deal is worth $3.3 million per year, giving it a four-year value of $12.5 million.
Ham ventured through the NFL Regional Combine process in 2016 before signing with the Vikings. The Duluth, Minn., native found success on the Vikings’ practice squad during his rookie campaign and his NFL career took center stage in 2017.
During his second season with the Vikings, Ham amasses 20 carries for 38 yards and caught 35 passes for 302 yards. In that same year, the former Augustana star scored his first NFL touchdown, which was on the ground against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week Two on a one-yard carry.
Ham’s second career touchdown came last season, his first as a receiver when he caught a five-yard pass in the flat against the Detroit Lions in Week Seven.
In his 2019 NFL campaign, the football world finally recognized Ham’s excellence as a complete football player. His stats does not jump off the paper with seven carries for 17 yards and 17 receptions for 149 yards, however, his skill set is evident. Not only is Ham a solid ball carrier when needed, but he can line up split out and in the slot. Ham is deadly in the screen game for the Vikings as well.
Ham also spearheads as a lead blocker, creating holes for star running back Dalvin Cook.
The Vikings’ rushing attack finished sixth in the NFL last season, averaging 133.3 yards per contest. Cook set career-highs with 303 carries for 1,654 total yards and 13 total touchdowns.
In over 47 career games, Ham finally earned a Pro Bowl spot, the only RC pioneer who accomplished this feat last season, and a sizable contract.