Vikings release Jarius Wright

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 14: Jarius Wright /

In an effort to create more cap space, the Minnesota Vikings have parted ways with veteran wide receiver Jarius Wright.

The Minnesota Vikings released veteran wide receiver Jarius Wright on Thursday. Presumably a cap related move, Wright has also been less and less involved in the offense week to week with the Vikings over the past couple years.

Wright’s best season came in 2014 when he finished with 42 receptions for 588 yards and two touchdowns, although he followed it up with a comparable 2015 Wright never got close to that kind of production over the past two seasons.

Jarius Wright is an interesting player because even in his less productive seasons, he still showed flashes of brilliance and at times, was even somewhat of a playmaker for the Vikings. After drafting Laquan Treadwell in the first round, most of Wright’s snaps were then reallocated to the young WR. Treadwell still has not found his footing in the Vikings offense and with the emergence of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, Jarius Wright is now looking for employment, confirming once again that the NFL is a very strange place to work.

The victim of circumstance here in Minnesota, Wright was never able to carve out a spot for himself as a starter, mostly because of the players that were brought in around him who were then gifted top reps. There are rumors that Wright could be brought back by the Vikings on a smaller contract but obviously, that remains to be seen.

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Wright has shown as recently as last season that he still posses the skills needed to help a team win and should resurface somewhere, even if it’s not in Minnesota.