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Vikings Free Agency: Cordarrelle Patterson To The Raiders

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The former first round draft pick is heading to Oakland

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When free agency began, it was assumed that WR Cordarrelle Patterson was going to leave. Then, for about 24 hours, it felt like he might be coming back to the Vikings.

He isn't:

In Oakland, he'll be teamed up with Derek Carr and Amari Cooper. In his rookie season of 2013, he had his best season, totaling 469 (nice) yards receiving, 158 rushing, and developed as the best kick returner in the NFL.

But Patterson's productivity gradually slipped before rebounding somewhat in 2016, yet he still hasn't matched his rookie totals, although he has remained the serious threat as a kick returner.

With Patterson's departure, that means out of the nine draft picks from the 2013 draft class, there are two left, Xavier Rhodes and Shariff Floyd.

Now, with Patterson signing with the Raiders, we can add WR to the Vikings list of needs as free agency rolls on.