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Vikings sign wide receiver Lestar Jean

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The Vikings added a little more pass catching depth on Tuesday, announcing the signing of former Texans wide receiver Lestar Jean.

The 26-year-old Jean appeared in 27 regular season games with Houston, catching 10 passes for 186 yards and one TD. He had received interest from Carolina and Miami in free agency.

Jean (6-3, 202) will compete for a reserve role in the Vikings’ receiving corps. Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jerome Simpson and Jarius Wright are Minnesota’s top four wide receivers.

Jean was eligible for restricted free agency, but the Texans did not offer him a contract, leaving him an unrestricted free agent.

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40 Responses to “Vikings sign wide receiver Lestar Jean”
  1. thevikesarebest says: Apr 8, 2014 3:52 PM

    The vikings always have a solid recieving core.this guy has a chance to play against the laughable turd bay packer defense twice next year if he makes the roster.those two games will be easier than playing the practice squad defense.anyway,more depth,more talent.SKOL

  2. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Apr 8, 2014 3:53 PM

    Superbowl.

  3. thepftpoet says: Apr 8, 2014 3:54 PM

    What a great pickup by the historic Minnesota Vikings.

    Has any other team dominated free agency like we have this year?

    Linval Joseph and Captain Munnerlyn are the future stars at their respective positions and we signed them for solid deals while they’re still in their prime.

    We also filled our backup roles with players like Corey Wooton, Lester Jean and Derek Cox for league minimum contracts while they also have very high upside and could turn out to helpful building blocks around the great coaching staff we hired this offseason.

    After we draft our franchise QB in this draft, we will have a top 5 defense under Zimmer and a top 5 offense under Norv Turner.

    I can already see the gold and purple confetti flying down.

    #Skol

  4. tjacks7 says: Apr 8, 2014 4:00 PM

    “The vikings always have a solid recieving core.”

    Uh, where were you from 2005-2008? It was brutal watching the “solid receiving core” of bernard berrian, bobby wade, koren robinson, Marcus Robinson, Robert ferguson, Troy Williamson….

  5. jayovalentine says: Apr 8, 2014 4:02 PM

    Vikings will still end up 4th place in the division. SKOL

  6. wesridge11 says: Apr 8, 2014 4:02 PM

    Why do we need another wide out? How about spending our money on another cb or linebacker

  7. deltaoracle says: Apr 8, 2014 4:08 PM

    “Solid” Vikes’ record vs. “laughable” Packer defense for the past four years: 1-7-1.

  8. lovemyqueens says: Apr 8, 2014 4:09 PM

    Rip the Vikings WR of 05-08. Man.. just sitting here laughing at how chock full of nobodies they were.

  9. ariani1985 says: Apr 8, 2014 4:12 PM

    if he was a packer he would easily be their number one receiver! Then again we are talking about green bay which plays clown music at their practices!

  10. chicagosports2014 says: Apr 8, 2014 4:12 PM

    Lmao, who is this guy, and what he do in 27 games? Ooooo ok nothing.

    BEAR DOWN

  11. chicagosports2014 says: Apr 8, 2014 4:16 PM

    Let’s not forget the Texans receivers were garbage if his last name wasn’t JOHNSON or DANIELS

  12. Celebrity Man Guy says: Apr 8, 2014 4:18 PM

    Probably won’t make the team. The draft is so deep in wide receivers this year that an undrafted free agent would probably have more upside than Jean.

  13. rajbais says: Apr 8, 2014 4:25 PM

    What is so good about this guy?

    Wouldn’t he have outjumped Kevin Walter and DeAndre Hopkins if he was any good??

  14. summitmech says: Apr 8, 2014 4:25 PM

    Why are we bothering with receivers? Other than backups I guess. I think we’ve got one of the top overall corps in the league. I’d take all 4 of those guys in fantasy, assuming we finally have a quarterback and a passing scheme that can go down the field.

    Down with West Coast Offense!!!

  15. td30 says: Apr 8, 2014 4:30 PM

    Lestar? is that the guy from adams family?

  16. stexan says: Apr 8, 2014 4:30 PM

    Remember, he’s been coached (if that’s the word) by that bunch in Houston that’s wasted an entire decade trying to get some help for Andre Johnson.
    Hard to say what he can really do.

  17. skololvikings says: Apr 8, 2014 4:34 PM

    Vikings pay Greg Jennings $9 million per year. His production? 68 receptions for 804 yards and 4 TDs, in 15 starts.

    Packers pay Jarrett Boykin less than $600,000 per year. His production? 49 catches, for 681 yards, and 3 TDS. In 8 starts.

    Tell me more about this “solid” Vikings WR corps.

    SkoLOL.

  18. khmer379 says: Apr 8, 2014 4:37 PM

    Wrangler or Levis jean? Lol

  19. purplehaze28 says: Apr 8, 2014 4:44 PM

    That genius, Norv Turner, sees something in him. Let’s hear him out.
    He may just want him as a decoy!

  20. jermainewiggins says: Apr 8, 2014 4:44 PM

    Skololvikings… do I need to point out to you who the quarterbacks were for those 2 players. Of course your a packer fan and would leave that out of this argument. Are you rly comparing greg jennings to boykin?

    Packer fan logic when brett left: ypure overrated our wr core made you who u are.
    Packerfanlogic when greg left: youre overrated or hall of famer quarterbacks made you are.
    Smh

  21. beerndrums says: Apr 8, 2014 4:45 PM

    I’m guessing the Vikings will pick 2nd or 3rd in next years draft
    SKOL

  22. fartweasel says: Apr 8, 2014 4:45 PM

    Cheap camp competition. Nothing to see here folks.

  23. whatjusthapped says: Apr 8, 2014 4:51 PM

    I don’t even know the contract details but I am still willing to bet that he will outperform Craig Jennings on a dollar per catch basis. Jennings is a lot of salary invested in a receiver on the decline unless you are of the opinion that the QB situation is so bad in Minnesota that its tough to judge any WR, I will give you that one.

    Last place for 2 out of the previous 3 years, 3 out of 4 years is looking like another good bet.

  24. Celebrity Man Guy says: Apr 8, 2014 5:09 PM

    Jennings is making too much for a receiver on the decline, but Julius Peppers is making just the right amount for a dominant defensive en…linebacker, right?

  25. gbmickey says: Apr 8, 2014 5:12 PM

    Wiggins….do I need to point out Rodgers was gone for half the season? Quit making excuses the queens were fleeced by Jennings!

  26. lovemyqueens says: Apr 8, 2014 5:12 PM

    West Coast isn’t a bad scheme. It’s actually really useful. The problem is the lack of a play book and an even bigger lack of creative play calling. Everybody knew we’re a run run pass punt team. 3rd and 17? Better run that Draw that’s so effective for us. Even if we didn’t get any body in free agency but we fired our coordinators of yesteryear we would be a markedly improved team.

  27. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 8, 2014 5:22 PM

    Another stud signing along the lines of Bobby Wa…, Benard Berr…., Jerome Sim…, Devon Aroma…., Marty Boo, …

  28. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 8, 2014 5:22 PM

    Another stud signing along the lines of Bobby Wa…, Benard Berr…., Jerome Sim…, Devon Aroma…., Marty Boo, …

  29. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 8, 2014 5:40 PM

    Interesting career progression.

    He left one last place team for another last place team.

  30. Celebrity Man Guy says: Apr 8, 2014 6:04 PM

    Maybe he’ll join the Packers next year to make it three years in a row.

  31. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 8, 2014 7:06 PM

    The hapless and tasteless Vikings have cornered the market on NFC North incompetence by finishing last in 3 of the past 4 years.

    This signing fits perfectly into their bottom dwelling strategy.

  32. jermainewiggins says: Apr 8, 2014 7:10 PM

    Lol we still had ponder and boykin had to play bc of injury, therefore he had to put up some sort of numbers.

    Fleeced? You guys were also trying to sign him but he signed a deal with us before he could leave mn. Packer fans love the man but he signs with a rival and now hes trash and you guys dodnt want him. Shows how much class that fanbase has.

  33. skolisstupid says: Apr 8, 2014 8:53 PM

    Best receiver ever. So dangerous. Skol..

  34. Frazier28/7 says: Apr 8, 2014 11:54 PM

    with mike zimmer the future outlook for opponents with-in the divsion looks dimmer.

    decent signing, we needed somebody to take greg childs’ roster spot at wr #7, keep an eye on rodney smith in training camp if he’s still with the team

  35. theytukrjobs says: Apr 9, 2014 9:43 AM

    Camp body.

  36. clintblairjr says: Apr 9, 2014 10:06 AM

    Texan fan here and this guy has been quality special teams player and good route runner. However he seems to drop a lot of passes when he is wide open. I do not see him making the starting roster probably end up cut or on the practice squad.

  37. waggie21 says: Apr 9, 2014 12:30 PM

    The pieces are in place.

  38. wdnemesis says: Apr 9, 2014 1:05 PM

    What about Joe Webb? I like his ability on special teams, and has potential to be the man when it comes down to it whether it be a Qab fake or a WR.

  39. quispavenger says: Apr 9, 2014 7:38 PM

    Personally, I was hoping the Vikings would nab stud WR Danario Alexander from the San Diego Chargers.
    He had season ending injury last year… however the year prior, check out his stats. Very impressive!

  40. ramosj7215 says: Apr 9, 2014 7:44 PM

    Jennings gets what he should, it takes a little time to get going with three different QB’s, he will get his numbers and when picking him up, I think the vikings were also planning on his leadership to a young receiving corp, besides Simpson who was leaving the wrong impression

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