Monday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio included a visit from Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman. The topics of the day included the deadline of the day: Deciding on whether to pick up the fifth-year option for first-round picks drafted in 2013.
The Vikings had three that year, thanks to the Percy Harvin trade and a decision to trade back into the round. Spielman said that a decision has been made as to each of them — cornerback Xavier Rhodes, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, and receiver Cordarelle Patterson. Spielman said that he’ll break the news to each of the on Monday.
Rhodes most likely will have his option picked up. For Floyd, it’s likely. For Patterson, it was doubtful before the Vikings added receiver Laquon Treadwell in the first round of the 2016 draft. With Treadwell on board, it becomes an even longer shot.
Patterson has been a very good kickoff returner, but he never has developed as a receiver. In 2016, he’ll likely have extra incentive to do so, since it likely will be his contract year.