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Raiders sign Cordarrelle Patterson

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Free agent wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has signed with the Raiders.

Patterson never lived up to his first-round draft status after the Vikings used the No. 29 pick on him in the 2013 draft, but he played in every game the last four seasons had a career-best 52 receptions last season. He’ll give the Raiders more speed in what shapes up to be a talented receiving corps for quarterback Derek Carr.

Patterson, who turns 26 later this week, had two touchdown catches and a kickoff return for a touchdown last season. He’s a two-time Pro Bowl pick as a kick returner and has caught 132 passes in his four seasons with the Vikings.

With the Vikings planning to retain restricted free agent Adam Thielen and wanting 2016 first-round pick Laquon Treadwell to have a role next season, Patterson’s departure comes as no surprise.

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  1. raiderrob68 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:18 PM

    Welcome Cordarrelle!

  2. Matt from San Diego says: Mar 13, 2017 11:19 PM

    Well, that was fun!

    Thanks for the memories CP84, good luck in Oakland/Las Vegas!

  3. raiderheart says: Mar 13, 2017 11:19 PM

    Now we can see what he can do with a QB that can actually get him the ball!

  4. gzup83 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:23 PM

    He’ll have the best QB he’s ever played with, so that’s a refreshing start.

  5. therealraider says: Mar 13, 2017 11:24 PM

    Sweet. He can take the top off of a defense and hes a great return man. Solid #4 WR.

  6. upnorthvikesfan says: Mar 13, 2017 11:24 PM

    Best wishes to him. Much of the knock on him was he just can’t grasp route running. Myself, I gave up on him after watching him go to the sideline laughing & smiling after fumbling a return and losing the ball to the other team. I mean, seriously, who does that?!

  7. kowboydmac says: Mar 13, 2017 11:24 PM

    Dang it. I thought he played his tail off for the Vikings during the downward spiral.

    The Vikes pursuing Alshon Jeffrey must mean they are going to go a more traditional route with their receivers next season. Would like to see Jarius Wright come back with a vengeance.

  8. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Mar 13, 2017 11:27 PM

    Looks like Al Davis is work-from-heaven today

  9. illumination666 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:28 PM

    Vikings fan here- Let’s see what he can do with a QB of Carr’s caliber throwing it to him. Best of luck.

  10. raidernation707 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:28 PM

    No more Taiwan Jones mishandles on kickoffs

  11. tjacks7 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:30 PM

    This is the one that hurts. Watch what he does with an offensive coaching staff with a brain. Norv and Zimmer wasted 3 years of the guys career because they couldn’t figure out how to do anything except run it up the middle 66% of the time.

    From my perspective, Ricks head is on the chopping block. All of his eggs are currently in the Mike Remmers basket (essentially the Matt Kalil of RTs).

  12. hutson14 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:33 PM

    Congratulations, Rick Spielman.

    Yet another first round bust.

  13. FrankRizzo says: Mar 13, 2017 11:33 PM

    Another weapon for DC, now he’s playing with a real QB, no more tiny hands Ted

  14. SouthTexasRaider says: Mar 13, 2017 11:35 PM

    I wonder if he is replacing Seth Roberts in the slot or taking the place of Andre Holmes? Well at least our kick return has improved just with the signing alone…. RAIDER NATION BABY!

  15. raidercode says: Mar 13, 2017 11:36 PM

    Boom. Raiders WR group one of the best in the game. CP can fly. Derek’s gonna put some TD’s on him this year. Welcome to the Dark Side!

  16. tdubdizzle says: Mar 13, 2017 11:36 PM

    This low key might be the best free agent signing the Raiders make this offseason.
    We’ve needed a great returner for a long time.

    Hope we get Poe and see what’s good with Jamaal Charles. I think he’s got something left and could be good in our system.

  17. gmoney52 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:36 PM

    Excellent pick up!! Now maybe fellow ex Viking AP will follow

  18. muthafknzeus says: Mar 13, 2017 11:41 PM

    The Raiders have a legit return man for the first time in years. Also gives them a potential true deep threat option at WR they’ve needed.

  19. QB Film Room says: Mar 13, 2017 11:54 PM

    Derek Carr and Todd Downing or probably put up 70/800 7 TD with Shurmur and Bradford but less $. CP may just catch 75 passes for 1,000 yards in QB Guru Todd Downings System

  20. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 13, 2017 11:55 PM

    His departure comes as a bit of a surprise given that he was openly lobbying for the Vikings to bring him back just yesterday.

  21. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 13, 2017 11:55 PM

    The Vikings are going to load up on compensatory draft picks next year.

  22. luckyjim1980 says: Mar 14, 2017 12:01 AM

    Minnesota traded almost all of their draft picks to New England for the right to draft Patterson. He wasn’t a bust, but he was hardly worthy of such a massive investment. On the other hand, look at the players New England drafted with the picks they received in the trade: Jamie Collins, Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon and (essentially) LaGarette Blount.

    I’m pretty sure the Patriots got the upper hand on this one.

  23. radrntn says: Mar 14, 2017 12:08 AM

    2 time first team all pro team, 1 time second team all pro…and he never achieved 1st rd worth? Glad to have him on our team… nice sign Reggie.

    Go Raiders!!! Go Reggie!!!!

  24. QB Film Room says: Mar 14, 2017 12:09 AM

    Im guessing 16 million guaranteed and vikes offerred 9 mil over 2 years

  25. outlawshark says: Mar 14, 2017 12:13 AM

    Raiders’ collective IQ went down considerably.

  26. packsuk says: Mar 14, 2017 12:34 AM

    Darn I thought he was ready to break out!!!! Let’s get Michael Floyd

  27. shaggytoodle says: Mar 14, 2017 12:38 AM

    If you have 2 solid WRs like the Raiders, Patterson is a great KR/ 4th WR.

    As far as what baffles me, is how was Treadwell looking for a role? They had a horrible offense, without Peterson. They needed a consistent chain mover…. and thats what he should have been trying to do out there.

  28. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 14, 2017 12:50 AM

    you should probably start looking over your shoulder if you spend 4 picks on a guy and don’t even bother trying to resign him.

  29. knew8411 says: Mar 14, 2017 1:12 AM

    I hope, for the Raiders’ sake, that they get a better return on their investment, than Minnesota did.
    Good Luck Mr. Patterson.

  30. billswillalwayssuck says: Mar 14, 2017 1:13 AM

    Great addition in special teams and in spread formations. Way to go Reggie!!!!

  31. droppedinagreasefire says: Mar 14, 2017 1:35 AM

    Championship. GOOOOOOO REGGGGGGGGIEE!!! The best 30-50 GM Evah!!

  32. th56 says: Mar 14, 2017 1:36 AM

    I really wanted the Vikes to keep him, but if your not getting playing time, there’s no reason to stick around. I think he’ll be a good pickup for the Raiders.

  33. rageviral says: Mar 14, 2017 1:56 AM

    Talented? Patterson sucks as a receiver. All he can do is run fast in a straight line and catch the ball 25% of the time.

  34. returntoexcellence says: Mar 14, 2017 2:03 AM

    Solid return guy. Replacement for Holmes at the 4th spot. Okay receiver and should fit in nicely. No offense Viking fans, but I’m anxious to see what he can do with a real quarterback throwing to him.

  35. hbudgess says: Mar 14, 2017 3:37 AM

    Nov Turner set his career back .hope he does well. Norv was a old fossil being a coordinator.

  36. firerogergoodell says: Mar 14, 2017 3:51 AM

    All those first round picks don’t mean anything if you don’t re-sign them to second contracts. Really disappointed in Rick Spielman.

  37. loudpackmatt says: Mar 14, 2017 4:07 AM

    he will shine on the raiders just wait he’s always had the talent just wasn’t used right on the vikings becides return game there carr will take advantage of his speed and he will help stretch the field for crabtree and cooper

  38. footballisnotthatimportant says: Mar 14, 2017 4:25 AM

    Not a polished receiver, but was a threat to take it to the house every time. Gives Raiders another explosive player.

  39. vegaraider says: Mar 14, 2017 4:34 AM

    Wow

  40. cuzzinjoey says: Mar 14, 2017 4:52 AM

    Adding this weapon to an already deadly offence makes the Raiders scaaaaaaaaaary.

  41. namingrights says: Mar 14, 2017 5:32 AM

    This should appease the ghost of Al Davis for a while

  42. v2787 says: Mar 14, 2017 5:53 AM

    Patterson: great physical talent, but a ten-cent head. He never could get it together as a receiver, although he had many chances to do so. It was frustrating because everyone could see the potential there.

  43. jimmysee says: Mar 14, 2017 6:00 AM

    Vikings had no idea what to do with the guy. Nice pick-up for the Raiders.

  44. canadaldavis says: Mar 14, 2017 6:30 AM

    We don’t adjust.We just dominate!

  45. oneilistheone says: Mar 14, 2017 7:31 AM

    And Jano is already in FG range,I like how Reggie thinks.

    Not afraid to admit obvious mistakes, Hayden,Watson.

    Like I said before just because we sign O or draft O first does not mean we can’t solidify the D in the draft and F/A.

    Addressing the D first does not mean it will be better or worst.

    We took Mac in 1st rnd and Carr in the 2nd.The O is better.

    Let Reggie do his thang he has re-animated what was a dead carcass for over a decade.

  46. waggle43 says: Mar 14, 2017 7:52 AM

    A bust, and everyone is getting on our Gm for picking CP in the first round, but this guy looked like a real play maker coming out of Tennessee. Just not a starting receiver on this team. Going to miss him in the return game. Time to move on. SKOL

  47. fmc651 says: Mar 14, 2017 7:56 AM

    Good signing by the Raiders.I wanted the Vikings to resign him. When he has the ball he can get to the end zone from anywhere. The Vikings blew it with this guy. Good move by him too.Good luck in Oakland CP84.

  48. aypeeswhippingstick says: Mar 14, 2017 7:59 AM

    Now it’s all up to Laquonda.

  49. oneilistheone says: Mar 14, 2017 8:14 AM

    I read one Raider fan here say that our O was elite! A few think that the O is set?I say we are close but not there yet.

    I am not satisfied with a wild card.Our D is not the reason that we could not beat the Queefs.

    Yeah our D needs some real work, atleast 3 new starters on each level? The DL interior pass rush, MLB and CB IMHO.

    But there is no mystery here,we will see the Queefs twice a year. We scored 1 td receiving the first game and 1 td rushing the 2nd.That’s it! 2 tds in 2 games!

    That is unacceptable,we have to get better on O as well if we want to ever beat the Queefs again.We have to go through them to win our division and that’s always the first goal.

  50. stellarperformance says: Mar 14, 2017 8:15 AM

    Now he can flourish. Some players simply need a change of venue, and he won’t regret getting out of Minnesota. The coaches never figured out how to best utilize his talents.

  51. fwippel says: Mar 14, 2017 8:26 AM

    As a Viking fan, I hate to see him leave. Despite his shortcomings, he’s a threat to take it the distance every time he gets the ball.

    After seeing Jarius Wright deactivated even though healthy last year, I thought it very possible that with his sizable contract, he’d be released this off-season. What this does instead is put Wright back as the slot receiver, and Treadwell in a position to get more playing time. Looks like Marcus Sherels will take over the KO returns.

    Best of luck, CP.

  52. shiftyshellshocked says: Mar 14, 2017 8:34 AM

    Another first rounder gone. Im starting to wonder how Rick keeps his gig. very poor drafting.

  53. threalwash says: Mar 14, 2017 8:38 AM

    Hope the playbook isn’t too complicated. I hear it’s a two year deal, while he has a four year learning curve.

  54. u4icgroov says: Mar 14, 2017 8:40 AM

    That’s 3 first round draft picks in the WR group. With Cooper and Crab’s rolls well established, it should take some pressure off of Patterson and allow Dowling to find all kinds of exciting ways to get him involved in the offense. This should also help with team’s constantly doubling Amari.

  55. neuf1948 says: Mar 14, 2017 8:50 AM

    Coop should be put in the slot…. and the O will be even more explosive…go RAIDERS!!!!!

  56. jboody79 says: Mar 14, 2017 8:52 AM

    Another great miss by Spielman and the Vikings! When will the Wilf’s realize Spielman has done way more harm than good to the Vikings?

  57. 250dollarnflowner says: Mar 14, 2017 8:58 AM

    Didn’t want to see him leave. He is a weapon, no doubt.

  58. 250dollarnflowner says: Mar 14, 2017 9:00 AM

    Good luck in Las Vegas CP3!

  59. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Mar 14, 2017 9:05 AM

    Another magical draft pick by Spielman. Although, this is actually going to be a huge blow to the Vike’s offense. His kick returning was pretty much their entire offense.

  60. joetoronto says: Mar 14, 2017 9:29 AM

    The difference in QB play should really help him out.

  61. idurenn says: Mar 14, 2017 9:50 AM

    I’m beginning to wonder what’s going on in the Vikes front office. We’re down to 4 “starting” receivers now. 2 of those guys barley played last year and CP was starting to find a groove under Shurmur.

    I hate to say it, but I think this is going to be an UGLY year for my Vikes. I’m sick of getting outbid on good FAs (Wagner, Alshon, etc) paying below average FAs top tier money, and expecting them to fill the gaps.

  62. dgt178blog says: Mar 14, 2017 11:38 AM

    the only viking player that I wish the Packers would have signed…..the guy is a return threat every time he touches the ball…..

  63. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 14, 2017 11:47 AM

    You guys who think Patterson is going to flourish with a “real quarterback” are going to find out that the quarterback wasn’t the problem. I didn’t see any problems with Stefon Diggs or Adam Thielen last year, but all Patterson could do was catch screen passes. He still can’t run a route despite being in the league for four years. The reason he did better last year than the previous couple of years was because his effort improved. I hope you didn’t give him a long-term contract because that effort may disappear again if he isn’t in a contract year.

  64. idurenn says: Mar 14, 2017 12:13 PM

    You guys who think Patterson is going to flourish with a “real quarterback” are going to find out that the quarterback wasn’t the problem. I didn’t see any problems with Stefon Diggs or Adam Thielen last year, but all Patterson could do was catch screen passes. He still can’t run a route despite being in the league for four years. The reason he did better last year than the previous couple of years was because his effort improved. I hope you didn’t give him a long-term contract because that effort may disappear again if he isn’t in a contract year.
    __________________________
    Agreed 100%, but at the same time you have to have a coach that want’s to get him the ball.

    Musgrave did that. Great rookie season.
    Norv didn’t. Two terrible seasons.
    Last year Shurmur did, he was on the upswing.

    In the hands of the correct system, CP is going to be someone we wish we never got rid of.

  65. ringurbell says: Mar 14, 2017 2:18 PM

    This is amusing watching the tater fans jump on the Patterson band wagon, oh, and they got a great deal too. This and many other reasons is why you will never see a superbowl with the raiders in it. lol

  66. ohgoshhi says: Mar 15, 2017 2:00 AM

    You guys who think Patterson is going to flourish with a “real quarterback” are going to find out that the quarterback wasn’t the problem. I didn’t see any problems with Stefon Diggs or Adam Thielen last year, but all Patterson could do was catch screen passes. He still can’t run a route despite being in the league for four years. The reason he did better last year than the previous couple of years was because his effort improved. I hope you didn’t give him a long-term contract because that effort may disappear again if he isn’t in a contract year.
    =================================
    Precisely. People should go look up Bradford compared to Carr last year, and then consider the fact that Bradford was slightly better with worse receivers, a much worse line, and no running game. The QB change will have no impact on CP. It’s all up to his work ethic, which did improve last year. Hope he does well, but wouldn’t be surprised to see him coast.

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