Vikings pass on Patterson’s fifth-year option

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The Vikings have informed wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson that they won’t exercise the fifth-year option on his contract, ESPN’s Ben Goessling reported Monday.

That means 2016 will be the final season of his rookie contract. The Vikings exercised the 2017 options on their other two 2013 first-round picks, Sharif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes, ahead of Monday’s deadline.

Though the Vikings passing on Patterson’s option is no surprise, he could still have a chance to play his way into the team’s longer-term plans if he can make big plays when called upon. He’s been good in flashes and led the NFL in kick returns last season, but he only caught two passes.

Patterson had four receiving touchdowns as a rookie and has just one since, though he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns last year. He has 80 career receptions for 863 yards and finds himself on a more crowded depth chart at wide receiver after the Vikings drafted Laquon Treadwell in the first round last week.

51 responses to “Vikings pass on Patterson’s fifth-year option

  1. Kick returners just ain’t worth $8M/yr, particularly with all the rule changes.

  2. but I thought he was 10x’s the player Harvin was and Hawks got taken, and, and SLOL!

  3. ketch20too says:
    May 2, 2016 1:42 PM
    but I thought he was 10x’s the player Harvin was and Hawks got taken, and, and SLOL!

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    Remind me, who is Harvin playing for this year?

  4. Million dollar speciman with a two dollar brain. He’ll be gone after the rookies show their stuff at training camp.

  5. Ya think? This guy is everything Zimmer does NOT want in a player on his team. I still haven’t figured out if “Flash” simply doesn’t have enough upstairs to make it in the league, or if he just doesn’t care enough to give it his best try.

  6. I thought Patterson was supposed to be Harvin (if not better) without the off the field issues?!?!

  7. Smart move by the Vikings to keep Rhodes and Floyd.

    As for Patterson, I’m not only disappointed that he hasn’t seemed to make the effort to advance as a WR, I’m also ticked at Norv Turner for not getting him more involved in the passing game. Like it or not, except for maybe Stefon Diggs, Patterson is the team’s most dangerous receiver with the ball in his hands. He has shown that talent on special teams. Even if he’s not a good route runner, he was a decent WR before essentially being benched. Turner needs to find a way to get the ball in Patterson’s hands, and Zimmer needs to be pushing this.

    With Treadwell on board, and Wright and Diggs under wraps for the next few years, it is going to get interesting to see who mans the remaining WR spots. Adam Theilen is a special team’s ace and will be hard to supplant. The descent of both Patterson and Charles Johnson in Turner’s offense has been a mystery. Johnson was Bridgewater’s favorite target by the end of 2014, and barely showed up last year. My guess is one of these two (Johnson / Patterson) doesn’t make the final roster in 2016.

  8. ketch20too says:
    May 2, 2016 1:42 PM
    but I thought he was 10x’s the player Harvin was and Hawks got taken, and, and SLOL!

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    Patterson produced at a higher level and longer for the Vikings than Harvin did for the Seahawks. And, yes, the Seahawks did get taken in that trade. The Seahawks got Harvin ( for a couple games and 1 play in the SB), and the Vikings got Xavier Rhoades (not Patterson), a very good CB, a 7th rd pick that didn’t turn out, and Jerrick McKinnin (in 2014), a very good 2nd RB behind Peterson. Before the 2014 season was over, the Seahawks traded Harvin away for a 4th ( I believe ), after giving Harvin over $10M for a dozen or so plays over a season and a couple games. Anybody but you would find that favorable for the Vikings.

  9. bassplucker says:
    May 2, 2016 1:59 PM
    Ya think? This guy is everything Zimmer does NOT want in a player on his team. I still haven’t figured out if “Flash” simply doesn’t have enough upstairs to make it in the league, or if he just doesn’t care enough to give it his best try.

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    I think it’s a little of both. He stated he didn’t take his rookie year seriously enough. Kinda tells me right there, he’s not smart enough or motivated enough.

  10. packsupersoldier says:
    May 2, 2016 1:45 PM
    How is that Minnesota keeps spending first round picks at QB and WR and still ends up dead last in passing offense?
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    They spent 1 pick on each, and finished #31. Which, oddly enough, was only 6 spots below the green & yellow.

  11. Charles Johnson will more than reappear this season, after missing most of last season with a painful rib injury. It may be off the bench, but we’ll see him break games open deep against dimes.

  12. Who cares about Patterson this or Harvin that, who did what better, one guy is unemployed right now and the other guy is probably right behind him.

    The big picture is if you want to draft a KR/WR/RB sort of athlete, wait til after the 1st round to do it. Cribs, Cobb, and Hester.

    Sometimes the players fit those molds, seem so unbelievably athletic teams feel they are too good to pass up, like a Harvin, Ginn or Bush. The thing is those guys have been relying on that freakish athleticism, and raw ability their whole lives, and while football is a team game at every level, its much tougher to “Out Athlete” everyone on the NFL level. Which is why they don’t merit the 1st round pick.

  13. They spent 1 pick on each,

    Harvin, Ponder, Patterson, Bridgewater, now Treadwell…I won’t even mention all the money they’ve thrown at the likes of Greg Jennings and Mike Wallace.

  14. Prior to the 2013 draft, it was said his ability to run routes was horrible. I was hoping the Vikes wouldn’t draft him. Why they did draft him was beyond me. Almost threw something at the TV when they announced the pick. The Vikes may be upset with him, but they only have themselves to blame for drafting him.

    The moral of the story is, is I would rather have a receiver a tad slower but can run routes and can catch, as opposed to one who’s only asset is running fast.

    I’ll take Treadwell as opposed to the “speedy” Fuller with the stone hands and who doesn’t know how to catch the football. correctly. Who was those other “slow ” guys??
    Jerry Rice, Steve Largeant, Chris Carter. All HOFers.

    – Vikes fan

  15. seapoeschl says:
    May 2, 2016 2:00 PM
    I thought Patterson was supposed to be Harvin (if not better) without the off the field issues?!?!

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    You realize Harvin has stunk since he got traded right? He has played a total of 19 games in 4 seasons. Less than 5 games a year. He caught a total of 71 passes in that time. 2 whole TDs.

    In 2013, on 22 catches with the Seahawks he got a total of 133 yards, 6 yards a catch.

    Has Patterson been good? Not really. But Harvin has not been good at all either.

  16. I still cant understand how you cant figure out a package of quick slants/screens to utilize his talents. I get he’s a meat head but his ability to beat defenders in space is top notch. Feel like the Vikings have made it harder than it needs to be.

  17. As a Bears fan, it terrified me when the Vikings drafted this kid. I was envisioning Devin Hester in a 6’2 220-lb body. Of course he never came close to that in terms of consistent impact although Cordarelle did seem to make some of his best plays against the Bears pretty routinely.

  18. joker65 says:
    May 2, 2016 2:56 PM
    seapoeschl says:
    May 2, 2016 2:00 PM
    I thought Patterson was supposed to be Harvin (if not better) without the off the field issues?!?!

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    You realize Harvin has stunk since he got traded right? He has played a total of 19 games in 4 seasons. Less than 5 games a year. He caught a total of 71 passes in that time. 2 whole TDs.

    In 2013, on 22 catches with the Seahawks he got a total of 133 yards, 6 yards a catch.

    Has Patterson been good? Not really. But Harvin has not been good at all either.

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    I know but the people acted like Patterson was going to be this amazing WR and he was a “steal”.

  19. I think the Packers are having the same issues with Janis that the Vikings are having with this guy. It happens.

  20. stellarperformance says:
    May 2, 2016 4:14 PM
    I think the Packers are having the same issues with Janis that the Vikings are having with this guy. It happens.

    Except that the Vikes spent a 1st round pick on Patterson and the Packers spent a 7th round pick on Janis. Janis was a raw project to begin with and now he looks ready to take off judging by his playoff performance. Patterson is a poor man’s Devin Hester.

  21. stellarperformance says:
    May 2, 2016 4:14 PM
    I think the Packers are having the same issues with Janis that the Vikings are having with this guy. It happens.

    \\\\\\\\\\\\

    Huge difference in players. One was a 1st round pick while the other was a 7th round pick. It makes more sense when a 7th round player struggles with a playbook.

  22. Patterson and Jamarcus Russel can go play catch with each other!
    I realized he had a couple down games but Minnesota just gave up on him. how can you go from that many touches and get touted the second coming of Jerry Rice at the end of a year just to play a couple games then NOTHING!
    I am betting there is more to this story than has been released.
    Lets hope for him he gets his stuff together or he will
    be joining up with Ponder in the arena league

  23. joker65 says:
    May 2, 2016 2:56 PM

    You realize Harvin has stunk since he got traded right? He has played a total of 19 games in 4 seasons. Less than 5 games a year. He caught a total of 71 passes in that time. 2 whole TDs.
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    He wasn’t exactly lights out before he got traded either, his Rookie year he put up numbers a little better than Stefon Diggs did in his.

    He had one season where he had more than 900 yards receiving. He was decent, but the Vikings should have paid more attention to some of those flags that raised on him coming out of college. Both of those picks were bad in my opinion. They did manage to get Seattle to give up a 1st, but Seattle doesn’t feel 1st round picks carry the same weight as a team like the Vikings does. Which is way one team trades out of it, and the other one seems to trade back into it.

  24. Can the Vikings not pick up the last year of Norv’s contract as well? Considering he’s been the “braintrust” behind the horrible scheme that has made our passing game a joke for 2 consecutive years running now. First, let’s get this out of the way right away: the o line and all the injured were not the reason we suffered in the pass game, they were part of the reason AP had some bad games like in the playoff loss, but the scheme and it’s inability to utilize all the weapons we have at wr and TE were even more the reason for those failures. It’s funny though, that when Musgrave was OC, and Ponder & Cassel the qb’s, this pass game was more productive, with much less to offer at the wr spot than we’ve had for the past 2 seasons. Had we called for 30-50% more passes on early downs, instead of trying to force the run all the time, not only would CP84 have been much more potent, but so would the other two wr’s who were left out in the cold because of Norv(Wallace & Johnson) last year. Was it their fault they weren’t getting more touches, no, just like it isn’t Corderrelle’s fault either.

  25. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    May 2, 2016 2:42 PM
    Where are all of the Rick Speilman is a magician apologists…

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    Trading away a cancer (Harvin), getting a very good starting DT (he just needs to stay healthy), a very good starting CB, a promising but a project of a WR in the 1st round, and a very good 2nd RB the next season, was a pretty magical day, in my opinion. But, I guess getting Datone Jones was far more magical.

  26. 440Barracuda says:
    May 2, 2016 6:12 PM

    Trading away a cancer (Harvin), getting a very good starting DT (he just needs to stay healthy), a very good starting CB, a promising but a project of a WR in the 1st round, and a very good 2nd RB the next season, was a pretty magical day, in my opinion. But, I guess getting Datone Jones was far more magical.

    ——-

    Well, I’ll still take Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews against any of Rick’s first round choices. So would pretty much everyone else. But I guess getting a good starting DT that can’t stay healthy and a mediocre DB was far more magical for you?

  27. So for all the Packer fans talking smack on Spielmans Drafting, Be careful because you open your picks for scrutiny as well!
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    The Draft is not a sure thing, you have to remember these are 21yr old kids, most have never had money.
    But now that you have decided to splash a little mud around, lets see how well you like the taste of it.

    ..10. BRUCE CLARK
    DT, Penn State, fourth overall,

    9. RANDY DUNCAN
    QB, Iowa, first overall,

    8. BRENT FULLWOOD
    RB, Auburn, fourth overall

    7. TERRELL BUCKLEY
    CB, Florida State, fifth overall

    6. AHMAD CARROLL
    CB, Arkansas, 25th overall,

    5. JOHN MICHELS
    T, USC, 27th overall,

    4. JUSTIN HARRELL
    DT, Tennessee, 16th overall

    3. JAMAL REYNOLDS
    DE, Florida State, 10th overall

    2. RICH CAMPBELL
    QB, California, sixth overall,

    1. TONY MANDARICH
    OT, Michigan State, second overall

    Don’t remember them OH YEAH they were BUSTS! another thing take a look at the Draft positions… 7 out of the 10 were 1st round picks
    10th over all to 1st picks over all in that years drafts.

  28. The difference here is that no one is calling Ted Thompson a magician.

    He’s only drafted the people necessary to win a Super Bowl and the NFC North for the majority of his tenure.

    But that’s minimal, I guess.

  29. packsupersoldier says:
    May 2, 2016 1:45 PM

    How is that Minnesota keeps spending first round picks at QB and WR and still ends up dead last in passing offense?
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    Probably the same reason as Green Bay spending their last five first round picks on defense yet that group isn’t any good.

  30. 9. RANDY DUNCAN
    QB, Iowa, first overall,

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    Wow! You had to go back to before the Vikings were even in existence to come up with that one. Talk about a stretch for trying to say Green Bay has had some bad picks.

  31. diveleft says:
    May 2, 2016 8:28 PM
    packsupersoldier says:
    May 2, 2016 1:45 PM

    How is that Minnesota keeps spending first round picks at QB and WR and still ends up dead last in passing offense?
    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷
    Probably the same reason as Green Bay spending their last five first round picks on defense yet that group isn’t any good.

    —-

    Funny…the Vikings allowed 40 fewer yards on the entire season. So that must mean the Vikings defense isn’t very good, right?

    Side note: They’ve also drafted 5 defenders in the last five first rounds.

    Whoops!

  32. Hey dungbarn, which one of the aforementioned draftees did the Packers trade 4 players to get?
    I’ll patiently wait for your response.

    And Randy Duncan? Really?
    You’re going to dig all the way back to the ’50s
    skoLOL!!!

  33. One thing you can’t take away from Patterson is that 109 yd kick off return against some team from Wi.

  34. lambeaudungbarn says:
    May 2, 2016 7:27 PM

    If we’re scrounging back that far let’s talk about Mike Lynn – the man who singlehandedly built the Cowboy dynasty of the early ’90s. Quite a feat considering he was the Vikings GM at the time.

  35. 440Barracuda says:
    May 2, 2016 6:12 PM
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    May 2, 2016 2:42 PM
    Where are all of the Rick Speilman is a magician apologists…

    ——————————–

    Trading away a cancer (Harvin), getting a very good starting DT (he just needs to stay healthy), a very good starting CB, a promising but a project of a WR in the 1st round, and a very good 2nd RB the next season, was a pretty magical day, in my opinion. But, I guess getting Datone Jones was far more magical.

    —————-

    Is that the same CB that had to wear boxing gloves during practice so he wouldn’t hold the WR?

  36. linemanguy74 says:
    May 2, 2016 9:52 PM
    One thing you can’t take away from Patterson is that 109 yd kick off return against some team from Wi.

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    That and how he let a Kicker catch up to him and strip the ball.

  37. minnescrotums says:
    May 2, 2016 9:47 PM
    diveleft says:
    May 2, 2016 8:28 PM
    packsupersoldier says:
    May 2, 2016 1:45 PM

    How is that Minnesota keeps spending first round picks at QB and WR and still ends up dead last in passing offense?
    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷
    Probably the same reason as Green Bay spending their last five first round picks on defense yet that group isn’t any good.

    —-

    Funny…the Vikings allowed 40 fewer yards on the entire season. So that must mean the Vikings defense isn’t very good, right?

    Side note: They’ve also drafted 5 defenders in the last five first rounds.

    Whoops!
    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷
    Scrotum (must be proud to call yourself that), the Viking defense must have been good because it carried that last place passing offense all the way to the division title. Meanwhile, the Packers’ defense couldn’t quite bail out Mr. Rodgers and company.

    Side note: 9 of the last 11 first round draft picks of the Packers were for defense. Of the Vikings’ last 12 first round draft picks only 5 were used on offense.

    Whoops!

  38. The difference here is that no one is calling Ted Thompson a magician.

    He’s only drafted the people necessary to win a Super Bowl and the NFC North for the majority of his tenure.

    He’s drafted Aaron Rodgers and an assorted collection of piles of garbage.

    Hooray?

  39. They’ve done comparisons of 1st round picks for the last decade (since spielman took over) and the Vikings LEAD THE LEAGUE IN DRAFTEE RETENTION (45%)!

    Considering Spielman also routinely makes draft day moves to pickup either higher round picks or more picks…there’s no argument to be made against Slick Rick being the best GM in the league.

  40. packsupersoldier says: May 2, 2016 2:37 PM

    They spent 1 pick on each,

    Harvin, Ponder, Patterson, Bridgewater, now Treadwell…I won’t even mention all the money they’ve thrown at the likes of Greg Jennings and Mike Wallace.
    ============================================================================
    Even a Packer fan admitted in another thread that Thompson has drafted 1st round Turkeys since 2009.
    How many 1st round picks Drafted by the Packers in the past 15 years are in the Pro Football
    HOF???
    Patterson is in there.. Longest Kickoff return in History 109 yards.
    But not picking up his 5th year doesn’t mean a player is automatically out. He still has a year to work on his rout running . But if he has 6 or 7 TD returns he may not be done, depends on Charles Johnson.
    I just saw another ridiculous story, Giving Green Bay the #1 seed of the 6 playoff teams ahead of Carolina, The Cards (who beat them twice last year) and Seattle… Packer fans have become brainwashed by the Media.. but no matter how much they try, they can’t “WISH” the Packers into the Super Bowl!
    Giving them the 1st Playoff seed while sucking up and giving them the easiest schedule in the League.
    There has never been a recent team make it that has started the season with the easiest Schedule!!
    The easiest schedule means THE TEAM STINKS!!

  41. Yeah, Patterson has proven to be a bust, based on where he was selected.

    But just remember, Packer Fans, that GB has not exercised a single 5th year option on any of ther three eligible players. The Vikes have on 4/6, and they will on Bridgewater and Barr next year (barring injury of course.).

    The dirty secret is that GB is a mediocre team led by a great QB, and Ted Thompson has been dining out on his three good moves as a GM for a decade (Rodgers, Woodson, Matthews).

    If Bridgewater and Rodgers swapped teams, the Vikes would be 14-2, and the Packers would be 7-9. That doesn’t mean that Bridgewater is a bum, but right now he is incapable of squeezing extra victories out of a team like great QBs can.

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