The Vikings continue to make key moves in free agency.
After making big-name signings like Kirk Cousins and Sheldon Richardson, the Vikings have signed veteran wide receiver Kendall Wright. The deal is for one year and worth $1 million. Wright fills a need for the Vikings, who had little receiving talent outside of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Kendall Wright will also come to Minnesota for pennies on the dollar, making this an excellent depth signing for general manager Rick Spielman.
What the Vikings are getting
After being drafted by the Tennessee Titans, Kendall Wright failed to live up to his potential as a No. 1 receiver. Wright struggled to stay on the field for the majority of his time in Tennessee and only surpassed 1,000 receiving yards once. After leaving Tennessee, Wright signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.
In Chicago, Wright was one of the team’s most reliable targets, snagging 59 balls for 614 yards. He was one of the bright spots on an offense that rarely passed the football and was a key third-down contributor. He widely played as a slot receiver, and will likely assume that role again in Minnesota.
Wright should see a bump in his production while Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen take attention away on the perimeter. Wright will also see an improvement under center, going from Mitch Trubisky to Pro Bowler Kirk Cousins.
Trouble for Treadwell?
The Kendall Wright signing likely means the end of the Laquon Treadwell experiment in Minnesota. After being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft only two years ago, Treadwell has been a major disappointment for the Vikings. After a silent rookie season, Treadwell barely made a mark on the Vikings offense, catching 20 passes for 200 yards.
As a result of the Wright signing, Treadwell will most likely be fourth on the depth chart. While there is time for him to bounce back, Treadwell’s future in Minnesota is now in doubt.
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