Depending on who you ask, the Minnesota Vikings are still on the lookout for a third option at wide receiver behind Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. While we don’t know if that’s 100% true, an old friend appears to be volunteering his services.
Well, not “volunteering,” necessarily. I mean, the team would still have to pay him and all.
Former Vikings’ wide receiver Jarius Wright appears to be hoping that the purple will bring him back into the fold at some point.
Wright was drafted by the Vikings in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft after an outstanding career at Arkansas. In his six seasons with the Vikings, he caught 153 passes for 2,039 yards and 10 touchdowns. Following the 2017 season, he signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. In those two seasons, he caught 71 balls for 743 yards and found the end zone just once. Wright was out of the league for the 2020 season.
Bringing back Wright would potentially give the team an established veteran option at the WR3 spot. Given that the Vikings really don’t use three-wide sets that much. . .less than any team in the league, in fact. . .WR3 might not seem like a position that could make that big an impact. But it’s not as though Wright would demand a ton of money and he would bring a wealth of experience to the table.
So, Jarius Wright has expressed that he’s interested in a return to the Vikings. I’m not sure if the Vikings have any inclination to reciprocate, but it’s certainly something to think about.