Saying that Laquon Treadwell didn’t live up to his first round draft status in Minnesota is kind of like saying that Abraham Lincoln was a little disappointed in how the play turned out. Treadwell had a total 56 receptions for 517 yards and one score through his first three seasons. He was cut before the season even though the move came with dead salary cap money. Treadwell had workouts with both the Bills and Lions after the Vikings waived him, but neither team signed him.
But who says you can’t come home? Courtney Cronin broke the news on Tuesday morning that Treadwell was returning to the Vikings:
It's confirmed.The Vikings are re-signing Laquon Treadwell today sources tell myself and @AdamSchefter. Minnesota is going to re-evaluate Chad Beebe's ankle injury in a week or so from what I was told, but Treadwell provides depth in the short term behind Thielen, Diggs & Johnson— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) September 24, 2019
The wide receiver depth was getting very thin after Chad Beebe went down with an ankle injury against the Raiders on Sunday. According to Cronin, Beebe is likely to miss at least a couple games, which left Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, and Olabisi Johnson as the only healthy wideouts on the 53-man roster.
While the news might not excite a lot of fans, the logic behind the move is pretty sound. Treadwell obviously has a familiarity with the team and the playbook, so there won’t be the typical learning curve that another free agent would have had. The Vikings were already on the hook for the guaranteed portion of his salary since he hadn’t signed with another team yet. Expecting Treadwell to make any meaningful offensive contributions may be a bit of a stretch, but he was performing well on special teams in Training Camp and the preseason.
It sounds like Treadwell will dress for Sunday’s game in his hometown of Chicago against the Bears. We’ll see whether he can make any kind of impact in his second go round in purple.