Kendall Wright jumps from Bears to Vikings

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Another year, another failed former first-round receiver from the 2012 draft signed by the Vikings.

Last year, the Vikings added Michael Floyd, the 13th overall pick in 2012. He’d been drafted by the Cardinals and traded during his option year to the Patriots. This year, the Vikings have added Kendall Wright.

The 20th pick in 2012, Wright spent five years with the Titans before joining the Bears last year on a one-year deal. On a depleted receiving corps, Wright caught 59 passes for 614 yards and one touchdown in 16 appearances, with four starts.

In 2013, Wright caught 94 passes, generating 1,079 receiving yards. He has 339 career receptions, for 3,858 career yards.

Wright mainly operated out of the slot for the Bears, and the Vikings recently dumped veteran slot receiver Jarius Wright. So the move makes sense.

The Vikings have plenty of question marks on the receiving depth chart behind starters Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Laquon Treadwell, a first-round pick in 2016, has been a bust through two seasons. The rest of the current options are no-names and fringe players.

71 responses to “Kendall Wright jumps from Bears to Vikings

  1. Although this looks like a good move to add an experienced, reliable, third receiver, the true motivation for this signing was so all the jerseys with “Wright” already sewn on the back wouldn’t go to waste. They have to pay for that Cousins contract somehow.

  2. Nice pick up. I wouldn’t call him a bust, he did have 94 catches his 2nd season. Treadwell is a bust :). Wright is a perfect fir as a #3 WR to play along side Diggs and Thielen. He typically went up against the other teams #1 or #2 CB while playing in a poor passing offenses in Tenn and Chicago. Going up against the #3 CB in a very good passing offense should serve him well.

  3. Wright has 339 career receptions for 3,858 yards. Floyd has 256 career receptions for 3,859 yards. Considering the Vikings drafted Cordarrelle Patterson and Laquon Treadwell in the first round, “failed first-round receiver” is a relative term.

  4. @touchdownelvis

    Excellent comment. He’s not a superstar but he’s a solid receiver that’ll get around 60 catches for around 700 yards a year.

  5. It’s incredible how more and more players are willing to take less than market value just for an opportunity to play this Minnesota Vikings team and for Mike Zimmer. The word is going around the NFL that is the place to be.

  6. Hoping that one of the later round receivers they drafted last year will step up — Treadwell doesn’t seem to have it. Hopefully, the Wright for Wright swap will work out. They got basically nothing out of Floyd last year.

  7. Rodney Adams wound up someplace else. They only have Coley and another low level wideout so they had to do something. I would rather have had Jarius Wright, but these are the experts so I assume this makes sense.

  8. Laquon Treadwell, a first-round pick in 2016, has been a bust through two seasons.
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    A little harsh but tough to argue against. Treadwell better step it up big time now. Wright is a legit 3rd wideout with the speed this offense likes. Competition is always a good thing.

  9. “Failed” is a strong word. He’s been serviceable and hasn’t benefited yet from playing in a strong offense with a good QB. I bet he catches 50-60 balls for 600-700 yards and scores 5-6 TDs this season. That’s a very solid WR. Good signing for a #3 slot WR.

  10. touchdownelvis says:
    March 30, 2018 at 3:41 pm
    I feel like referring to him as a failed receiver is a little bit harsh. Has he ever been in a great pass-friendly offense?

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    Yeah no kidding. That 94 catch, 1079 yard season came with Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick splitting duties. He’s in the upper half of slot receivers in the game. Hardly a “failure”.

  11. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 30, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    It’s incredible how more and more players are willing to take less than market value just for an opportunity to play this Minnesota Vikings team and for Mike Zimmer. The word is going around the NFL that is the place to be.
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    Thanks for the skoLOL of the day!

  12. I think they grossly overpaid Cousins, and they destroyed the market for QB’s. They will have big problems paying their other players in coming years because of their insane contract with Cousins. When he fizzles, it will be a catastrophe for the Vikings.

  13. Depth is never a bad thing I guess.

    And hey coachkilla6, it’s also 23 to 10 somewhere too isn’t it? I’d use 16-0 game where your team lost worse with its MM “developed” QB, but the Vikings beat your team so bad that score doesn’t even fit within the parameters of a clock.

  14. wafflestomp says:
    March 30, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    cheeseisfattening says:
    March 30, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    It’s incredible how more and more players are willing to take less than market value just for an opportunity to play this Minnesota Vikings team and for Mike Zimmer. The word is going around the NFL that is the place to be.
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    Thanks for the skoLOL of the day!
     
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    I am glad I was able to help you have a laugh. Usually you Packer trolls are in here just crying and boo hoo hooing about the mean Vikings trolls. Enjoy!

  15. rho1953 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    I think they grossly overpaid Cousins, and they destroyed the market for QB’s. They will have big problems paying their other players in coming years because of their insane contract with Cousins. When he fizzles, it will be a catastrophe for the Vikings.
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    Thank you for that original comment. We’ve only seen that about a billion times since Cousins signed. Sorry the market for QBs has been “destroyed,” whatever that means, but I’m guessing you’re unhappy about that because you’re a Packer fan and you know Rodgers is going to demand much, much, more. Well, don’t worry about the Vikings. They’re better at managing the salary cap than anyone else in the league and they’ve prepared for signing a high-priced quarterback this year. The Packers? Their salary cap is going to get blown up and they don’t even have any other good players. Thanks, Ted!

  16. coachkilla6 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 3:53 pm
    Another useless target for their sub .500 journeyman QB to underthrow.

    It’s always 38 to 7 somewhere…

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    He only played for one team, so the journeyman label doesn’t fit, and even a broken clock is right twice a day, but it’s not always 38 to 7somewhere….try harder…

  17. I really liked Jarius Wright and he was a very reliable receiver when called upon, but it’s hard to argue that the Vikings didn’t get an upgrade here. Both Wrights entered the league in 2012, Kendall as a first-round pick and Jarius as a 4th-round pick. Jarius has 15 starts, 153 receptions, 2,039 yards, and 10 TDs. Kendall has 45 starts, 339 receptions, 3,858 yards, and 19 TDs. Kendall’s average season is better than the best season Jarius ever had. And Kendall is going to be making less money than Jarius did! This is how a good team gets better while working the cap.

  18. There is your vertical threat and works well out of RPO…….DOUBLE TROUBLE. Good pick up!

  19. LandOf10000MethLabs says:
    March 30, 2018 at 4:17 pm
    Was his contract fully guaranteed?
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    While on the east side of the river they blow their wad on a washed up tight end that can’t block and limps off the field 3 times a game. Oh and Erin rarely throws to TEs.

  20. Oh and Erin rarely throws to TEs.
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    What fully grown adult still thinks it’s clever to call a man a girl’s name? I mean really….you’re better than fourth grade insults, no?

    Good signing by the vikes btw…they needed a competent #3.

  21. He will be a good #3wr/slot for the Vikes, he runs good routes, has good hands and I don’t think he missed any games last year. I was hoping the Bears would bring him back just because of their crap luck with injuries.

  22. But But But… I thought the vikings had the greatest wide receivers in the league… why would they need to pick up some other team’s first-round bust? Oh, maybe I just answered my own question. “Minnesota – Land of 10,000 First-Round Busts”

  23. Liberalsruineverything says:
    March 30, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Wright is a legit 3rd wideout with the speed this offense likes.
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    Really? The Vikings like slow?

    Wright ran a 4.61 40 at the combine. For reference, Jimmy Graham ran a 4.56.

  24. Kendall’s average season is better than the best season Jarius ever had.
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    Jarius Wright’s catch percentage the last four seasons has never been below 67.7%, a figure Kendall Wright has exceeded once in his career.

  25. I’m really not sure why the article calls Kendall Wright a bust. I remember watching his games pre 2012 draft and then watching him with tenn and thinking “that dude has it, just needs a qb and competent offense”. I don’t think his numbers reflect a bust at all. I think with cousins and the other offensive weapons surrounding him, Kendall Wright might shock some people with how talented he really is. Even a good 1st round receiver can’t make a bad offense throw him the ball, let alone get him the ball in situations to really show out. Wr, maybe more than any other position, can be hamstrung by the qb and other weapons surrounding him, as they can only really do as much as get open and catch the ball when his poor qb finally is able to get it to him. It’s not always that he couldn’t get open or something like that. Also I think the jury is still out on Treadwell. Vikings rookies almost count as a redshift year as zim doesn’t particularly like to play rookies, especially on offense. And with the way thielen and diggs played last year and what they became, there wasn’t exactly a ton of balls there for Treadwell to catch. I’m not saying it’s not a failed pick by any means, but I will say the few balls he caught were pretty impressive catches when he was able to get in and get the ball. And I do think receivers like Treadwell that are high point wide receivers rather than slot guys like thielen and diggs do have an increased value when played with a qb like cousins who will try to let a guy like Treadwell go up and get it because cousins will try to stay in the pocket as opposed to keenum, who requires a lot of improvised and on the fly adjusted routes when he leaves the pocket. Pure WRs that play on the outside to run go routes among others tend to do well with qbs like cousins. This is the year to see if he really can be what everyone hoped he could be. Again, I’m not saying it will go one way or another, but as far as fit goes, outside of being 4 now instead of 3, he fits the offense now better with cousins than he did last year with keenum

  26. As a Viking fan, I can’t say that this move thrills me. I work in Chicago and watched most of the Bears games on tv last season. Kendall Wright was part of the worst receiver group in the NFL. He’s really not very good, and I don’t think this will be an effective pickup by the Vikes. I hope I’m wrong about that, but I haven’t seen much out of Wright that would indicate otherwise.

  27. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    March 31, 2018 at 10:55 am
    That’s like jumping from the sewer to the outhouse.
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    You must have thought you clicked on the thread about Jeff Janis going to the Browns. No worries, everyone is used to the cheesers not being very bright.

  28. Over the last few years, Vikings’ fans tell us how the Vikings are “a world-class organization”, Spielman is a “magician”, Zimmer is the “best coach”, and Teddy Bridgewater is going to be a “star”.

    Meanwhile, the world-class organization hasn’t won a championship, the magician has little to show for his efforts (so long, Sam Bradford), and the defensive wizard Zimmer’s team was destroyed by 31 points in the NFC Championship after a poor defensive showing (giving up 24 points in the final 17 minutes) in the prior game that required a miracle to bail them out, and Bridgewater isn’t with the team anymore.

    Might want to save the braggadocio until the Vikings at least make it to a Super Bowl, let alone win one, so you don’t sound like a bunch of uninformed Edina housewives.

  29. packertruth says:
    March 30, 2018 at 9:27 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    March 30, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Wright is a legit 3rd wideout with the speed this offense likes.
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    Really? The Vikings like slow?

    Wright ran a 4.61 40 at the combine. For reference, Jimmy Graham ran a 4.56.

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    Do you actually know what the difference is between 4.61 and 4.56 is? .05 seconds. Blink your eyes, that is .05 seconds. That is nothing, what Kendall brings to the table is sharp routes, good hands, something Graham does not have. But at least he can blink his eyes faster.

  30. frank booth says:
    March 31, 2018 at 12:16 pm
    Over the last few years, Vikings’ fans tell us how the Vikings are “a world-class organization”, Spielman is a “magician”, Zimmer is the “best coach”,sounds like a bunch of uninformed Edina housewives

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    Spielman and Zimmer have brought the Vikings back and within one game of the SB. This year they have went out and vastly improved the offense with Cousins and defense with Richardson. We will be a favorite to reach the SB again this year. “Sounding like uniformed Edina housewife’s” sounds like something stella would say…………..Stella?

  31. frank booth says:
    March 31, 2018 at 12:16 pm
    Over the last few years, Vikings’ fans tell us how the Vikings are “a world-class organization”, Spielman is a “magician”, Zimmer is the “best coach”, and Teddy Bridgewater is going to be a “star”.

    Meanwhile, the world-class organization hasn’t won a championship, the magician has little to show for his efforts (so long, Sam Bradford), and the defensive wizard Zimmer’s team was destroyed by 31 points in the NFC Championship after a poor defensive showing (giving up 24 points in the final 17 minutes) in the prior game that required a miracle to bail them out, and Bridgewater isn’t with the team anymore.

    Might want to save the braggadocio until the Vikings at least make it to a Super Bowl, let alone win one, so you don’t sound like a bunch of uninformed Edina housewives.
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    Hey Frankie did you see the video of Wright talking about signing with the Vikings. He sounded star struck and in awe that he gets a chance to be a part of it. I know it sucks for you being a “Bears fan” and all but you should be happy for him that his career is going to take of exponentially.

  32. A. I doubt that he’s star-struck or in awe of a team that has won 0 championships. I’m sure that he’s excited about being on a good team with potential, but a lot of players get excited about being on new teams, especially good ones, and say the same things that Wright is saying.

    B. What did your screen name used to be? I noted the “Bears fan” reference, as many of you wanted to believe I was a Packer fan. I’ve barely posted on the site in the last 7 months. So you’ve been here for a while, but under a different name.

    C. I could care less what Wright does. He was a Bear for one year. It’s not like we have a connection to him like we did with Matt Forte or some other long-time Bears that have left in the past.

  33. Speed in the slot is a very dangerous tool in this style of offense that is now featuring a QB who excelled at throwing for yardage. Coupled with Delvin Cook’s ground game (He was leading as a rookie until injury)and a streaking big TE, this is sick. Thank god their defense stinks or this could break Vegas…..oops

  34. Hey Frankie did you see the video of Wright talking about signing with the Vikings. He sounded star struck and in awe that he gets a chance to be a part of it.
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    Just what you want, a “star-struck” veteran eager to be a part of “it”. It currently a glorious streak of two playoff victories in 13 seasons.

  35. packertruth says:
    April 1, 2018 at 1:41 pm
    Hey Frankie did you see the video of Wright talking about signing with the Vikings. He sounded star struck and in awe that he gets a chance to be a part of it.
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    Just what you want, a “star-struck” veteran eager to be a part of “it”. It currently a glorious streak of two playoff victories in 13 seasons.
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    He’s not an overpriced washed up TE or a cancerous malcontent DT or an 0-16 backup QB but he’ll work well in the slot for the Vikings.

  36. taintedsaints2009 says:

    Cut Treadwell. He had his chances and he continues to be beaten out by every receiver that suits up.

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    Treadwell is beginning the 3rd year of his 4 year draft contract (with a 5th year option) for $1,353,180 (2018) and $1,804,770 (2019). The NFL current average for a WR is $1,054,437, so Treadwell is costing the Vikings rouhly $300,000 more in cap space this year than a camp body would… with much a higher upside potential if he can figure out why he hasn’t been able to make the transition to the NFL… and Coach Z did that say Treadwell is on notice.

  37. frank booth says:

    I doubt that he’s star-struck or in awe of a team that has won 0 championships. I’m sure that he’s excited about being on a good team with potential, but a lot of players get excited about being on new teams, especially good ones, and say the same things that Wright is saying.

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    I thought you were of the opinion that the Vikings are bottom feeders??? What, if I may ask, suddenly made them “a good team with potential” (your words… not mine) to you?

  38. I think you may have me confused with someone else. I think it’s been some time since I’ve said that that the Vikings aren’t good. While I may have made some comments about individual players (like Bridgewater, who has always been overrated) It’s pretty clear that the Vikings are very good- they made it to the NFC Championship Game and looks like they’ve made some improvements on top of that. They are easily one of the top several teams considered to be a threat to win the Super Bowl.

  39. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says:
    March 31, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Vikings fans being Vikings fans, all talk and zero championships.
    ))))))))))))))
    and Bears fans being Bears fans talk about Ditka with fondness and how he turned a dynasty into a one hit wonder.
    Arguably the best NFL defense put together and the Bears have 1 SB title more than the Vikings.

  40. We do talk about Ditka with fondness more because he was such a character and he made things fun and interesting when he was coach here. However, most Bears’ fans realize that from a coaching standpoint, he wasn’t that great, especially as a game manager, and he depended on Ryan and Tobin for the Bears’ defensive prowess.

    Dynasty? Maybe, maybe not. Bears fans certainly expected more. However, the Giants, Redskins, and 49ers were all very good at that time. McMahon was injury prone and really not as good as some believe and Walter Payton was at the tail end of his career.

    But the Bears still have one more Super Bowl championship than the Vikings. And they have a deep history and were pioneers of the NFL, and George Halas and others paved the way so that teams like the Vikings’ could join the NFL years later.

  41. The bears may have that super bowl win, but they’re also famous for maybe being the worst team ever to make a super bowl and for the team who fielded the absolute worst qb in super bowl history in Rex Grossman. I mean come on, there’s nothing you could tell me that would make me think that there was a time when someone in the bears organization was like “you know who is a great qb? Rex Grossman. Ya know I think he’s a star, I mean, there’s no way our practice team qb could actually be better than him, nah, I’m putting my faith in sexy rexy.” I mean you realize you’re a fan of a team that paid people a lot of money to make decisions, and the best they could come up with was rexy. I’ll keep my Vikings and whatever future we have coming to us.

  42. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

    2006 was the only time Rex Grossman started 16 games. Prior to that, he only played 8 games in 3 years, primarily because of injury. They really didn’t know what they had (or didn’t have) prior to that season. Plus, it’s not as if good QB’s are just scattered all over the place and you just sign one. A player like Kirk Cousins being available in free agency is a rarity. Plenty of bad QB’s have played in Super Bowls. Peyton Manning was absolutely horrible when the Broncos won a couple of years ago. Guys like Jeff Hostetler, Trent Dilfer, Vince Ferragamo, David Woodley (far worse than Grossman) and Tony Eason played in Super Bowls.

    I mean, you realize that you’re a fan of a team that has paid a people a lot of money to make decisions, and the best they could do was get no further than a conference championship game in the last 41 years.
    They certainly weren’t the worst team to make the Super Bowl. They were 2nd in points scored on offense, and their defense was 3rd in the league, plus they were the best defense in the league at creating turnovers. Their special teams were excellent, led by Devin Hester’s 5 returns for TD’s. If you had watched them, you may have known these things. Their being “famous for maybe being the worst team ever to make a super bowl” is something in your mind.

  43. Are you sure you’re counting points actually scored on offense or are you including special teams scoring in there too? Cause I remember that season, since I’m a Vikings fan from southern Illinois, I’m cursed with watching nearly every bears game. And nah man, short of that defense, that was maybe the worst team to make a super bowl ever. And don’t sit there defending the Grossman stuff, the bears gave him a glowing round of support. And none of the guys you listed are worse than Grossman. Watching that super bowl was easily the most predictable outcome in a game I’ve ever seen. If not for Hester, Chicago may still be licking their wounds from how embarrassing that game easily could have been. And manning playing in the Denver super bowl is quite different than placing your confidence in Grossman as “the guy”. None of this is in my mind, I’m from the area, it was hard not to hear all the bears decision making and planning that year. Try again on the “if you had watched them” I was at soldier for a couple of those games just cause I’m a football fan and it was either them or the rams if you wanted to go to a game. Outside of the defense that team was atrocious, and Grossman looked like a hs qb the entire season. I was there.

  44. I mean seriously, the offense and Grossman were so bad, that the only hopes the bears had in that game was that Hester scored on every kickoff return. Indy didn’t even have that great of a defense and that offense looked so bad it was painful to watch. Your entire offense was that you prayed they didn’t actually get on the field because Hester took care of it for you.

  45. Actually, the Bears were in the Top 10 in passing TD’s and in the top half of the league in rushing TD’s. Grossman was wildly inconsistent. He had 7 games with a rating of over 100 and then a bunch where he was awful. While the offense wasn’t the greatest, it certainly wasn’t as horrible that year as you are imagining. They were in the Top half of the league in passing and rushing yards as well. Oddly enough, when looking at Top 10 lists, the Bears typically don’t come up as one of the worst Super Bowl teams ever. And at least they made it to the Super Bowl in 2006, because 30 other teams didn’t.

    Take a look at the ’79 Rams when you get a chance. Led by Vince Ferragamo and his 5 TD’s, 10 INT’s, and 48% completion percentage. They went 9-7. Only beat 2 teams with a winning record. No special teams like the Bears had. You seriously think this team was better than the ’06 Bears?

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