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.