Now that the Vikings have agreed to terms with Kendall Wright, have they fully addressed their needs at WR going into 2018?
The Minnesota Vikings signed former first round pick Kendall Wright on Friday, and in doing so have penciled in Wright at the no. 3 WR spot going in to next season. Wright has been a productive NFL wide receiver, has had over 1000 yards receiving in a season, has 19 career touchdowns, has been targeted +90 times a season four of his six seasons as a pro.
The Vikings will most likely select a WR in the mid to late rounds of the draft, but the odds of that player significantly impacting the offense next season are slim. Kendall Wright gives Minnesota a veteran pro who has a much better chance of replacing the loss of Jarius Wright than the average mid to late round wide receiver prospect would.
Letting Jarius Wright go was obviously a cap related move and all signs point to it being a smart move that will turn out well for the Vikings in the long-term. That being said, it does look a little bit foolish to release a player who has proven he can be productive for this coaching staff and replace him with a cheaper, most likely less productive version.
It’s easy to look at this signing as a Wright vs Wright comparison but the money Jarius was making was never going to work and the signings that wound up taking place after the release make for an easier pill to swallow.
There are still some holes for Rick Spielman to fill on this roster and a draft class to select but the 2018 Vikings roster is starting to take shape.