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.