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5 free agents who could replace Cordarrelle Patterson

By Matthew Coller

After spending several days trying via social media to coax the Minnesota Vikings into a new deal, wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson signed with the Oakland Raiders on Monday.

His departure leaves the Vikings with Adam Thielen (RFA), Stefon Diggs, Jarius Wright and Laquon Treadwell as their current receiving crops. Considering the fact that Wright was inactive for the majority of 2016 and Treadwell only caught one pass in his rookie campaign, the Vikings should be on the market to add one more receiver. According to reports, they have been on the lookout for receivers since the opening bell of free agency, showing interest in ex-Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery before he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

We may be in Week 2 now of free agency and most of the biggest names are off the table, but there are still a few unsigned players who could interest the Vikings. Here are the best five:

Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens

2016 stat line: 29 receptions, 328 yards, 1 touchdown

The Ravens’ 6-2 receiver was a major part of their offense in 2015, grabbing 75 passes for 944 yards, but he was phased out last year. He was reportedly bumped down the depth chart by proven veterans Mike Wallace and Steve Smith along with a former high draft pick Breshad Perriman, not demoted for poor play as his dropoff might suggest. Aiken is mostly a possession receiver who is considered to have very good hands but does not possess breakaway speed like Patterson.

Michael Floyd, New England Patriots

2016 stat line: 37 catches, 488 yards and 5 touchdowns

It’s hard to be overly enthusiastic about a player who just finished up a 24-hour stint in jail and is now starting three months of house arrest stemming from a DWI arrest. Floyd had a bad season in 2016 both on and off the field. He caught less than 50% of the passes thrown his way and was inactive when the Patriots won the Super Bowl. Floyd has been a dangerous deep threat at times in his career, but there are a lot of red flags surrounding him.

Anquon Boldin, Detroit Lions

2016 stat line: 67 catches, 584 yards and 8 touchdowns

You can’t make a much better argument for a job than the one Boldin did made the Vikings at US Bank Stadium last year. He dominated the slot, especially in the red zone, showing he can still use his size and stretch despite diminished speed. Considering the Vikings have struggled inside the 20 during Mike Zimmer’s entire tenure, it might make a lot of sense to sign Boldin, even if he is far past his prime.

Brian Quick, Los Angeles Rams

2016 stat line: 41 catches, 564 yards and 3 touchdowns

With size (6-foot-4) and strength, expectations have always been high for Quick but he hasn’t yet lived up to them. However, he did make significant progress last year after a miserable 2015 season. Quick is, ironically, not particularly fast and hasn’t been anywhere close to consistent enough catching the ball or running routes to be a star.

Steve Johnson, Los Angeles Chargers

2016 stat line: DNP

Over a four year stretch, Johnson was a No. 1 wide receiver in Buffalo, gaining over 1,000 yards in back-to-back-to-back seasons. Since leaving the Bills, things haven’t been the same as he caught 35 passes in 2014 with the 49ers and 45 in 2015 with San Diego before missing the 2016 season with an injury. If he’s back to 100%, Johnson could be a solid role player who is very skilled at finding open space. He caught nearly 70% of passss thrown his way between 2014 and 2015.

The post 5 free agents who could replace Cordarrelle Patterson appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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