Some good news to pass along as a follow-up to Jason La Canfora's article about veterans on the chopping block when rosters are cut on Saturday. La Canfora wrote that Bobby Wade could have been on the way out because of the crowded field in the receiving corps -- but he also noted that a restructured contract could avoid such a scenario.
Guess what happened? According to Judd Zulgad, Wade's contract has been reworked. His bank account will take a hit as a result of this restructuring-- but at the end of the day, he retains a roster spot.
And that's good news for the Vikings. No one will ever confuse Wade for an elite receiver, but his production makes him an undeniably solid asset for the team.
Still, while this is good news for the Vikings, the same can't be said for some of the receivers currently on the bubble. If you're Darius Reynaud, you're getting nervous. But it's hard to argue that Wade didn't deserve to stay.
Last season, Bernard Berrian made his debut in a Vikings uniform, Visanthe Shiancoe rebounded from a brutal 2007 season, and Chester Taylor firmly established himself as a force in the passing game. And yet, through all that, Wade still managed to lead the team in receptions, tallying 53 for the year.
The year before last? Same story -- but instead of just squeaking past a few other guys for the lead in receptions, Wade set the pace by a long shot. 54 receptions for the 2007 season, with Robert Ferguson the runner-up with 32 receptions. Granted, Wade was much too high on the depth chart, but he's had a successful two seasons here.
So keeping Wade makes sense, especially since the Vikings have received a decent discount. And now this team is confronted with the issue of having an abundance of talent in the receiving corps. That's a good problem to have -- especially considering where the Vikings were just a couple of seasons ago.