MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings re-contracted recipient Laquon Treadwell four weeks after separating from the previous first round, the team said Tuesday.
The change reflects the concerns of the Vikings about their great recipient depth after Chad Beebe was placed on the injured reserve on Tuesday. He suffered on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders between 34 and 14 ligament tears in the ankle and should undergo no surgery according to a league source.
Recipient Josh Doctson was placed in an injured reserve at the beginning of the season.
These injuries had reduced Minnesota to three healthy recipients – Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Olabisi Johnson.
24-year-old Treadwell was one of the 37 cutbacks Minnesota made in completing the 53-man list in late August.
Concern for the depth has been increasing for some time. At the end of last week, the Vikings worked out the former recipient of Philadelphia Eagles, Jordan Matthews, the former New York Jets, WR Deontay Burnett, and the former Chicago Bears, WR Tanner Gentry, sources told ESPN.
Treadwell, a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder, has never surpassed the expectations he set for his 23rd place overall ranking in 2016 as a major physical outdoor receiver who also sits in the slot and while running under the routes could lead to disagreements. Treadwell was rejected on the depth map by others and could not secure the position 3 behind Thielen and Diggs in the seasons 2017 and 2018.
Now he has a second chance to ignite his NFL career in the place where it started.
The Vikings were already on the hook for the guaranteed portion of Treadwell's salary for 2019 ($ 1.15 million), as he had not signed with another team after his release and was standing between the guarantees and the granting of his signing bonus (US $ 1,356,360 million) for a total of US $ 2,506,360.
In another roster change, the Vikings signed on Tuesday the return specialist Marcus Sherels and renounced linebacker Devante Downs.
] Sherels signed with the Vikings in 2010 as an unoccupied free agent and spent nine seasons in Minnesota before signing as a free agent with New Orleans in this postseason. He was injured during the preseason and suspended by the saints with a claim settlement. From 1969 to 2019, Sherels returned 231 punts for 2,447 yards and five touchdowns. He also returned 53 kickoffs for 1,350 yards (25.5 average). Sherels finished in the top 10 averages for Punt Return (2013-14; 2016-18) five times – including twice in the top five.