Vikings cut receiver Jarius Wright

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With two new, high-priced players signed by the Vikings, something had to give. And give it did with the decision to release veteran slot receiver Jarius Wright.

Wright, who has survived seemingly annual efforts to render him moot by stepping up at the right time with big catches on third down, was cut within the past hour by the Vikings.

A fourth-round pick in 2012, Wright was due to earn $3.6 million this year in base salary. The move creates $2.12 million in dead money, which will be split equally between 2018 and 2019, if the Vikings opted to make the move a post-June 1 transaction.

Wright caught only 18 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns during the 2017 regular season. He had six catches for 107 yards in a pair of playoff games.

53 responses to “Vikings cut receiver Jarius Wright

  1. He was so under used and under valued. Every catch he had was that was a pivotal catch. Clutch in 3rd downs. Good luck jarius. You will be missed by vikings nation.

  2. Good guy, wish him the best. I’m sure they will either restructure or release Robison, as well as extend Barr to create more cap room seeing as though he counts 12 mil against the cap this year. Vikings are still sitting good on cap space if they do that.

  3. BAD MOVE!!! the guy was clutch when allowed to play.. He will be picked up by tomorrow!
    Sad to see you go..

  4. This makes me a bit sad. He never seemed to get a big workload, but he made the most of what came his way. It seemed like each time everyone else was struggling in the passing game, he would be the one that would suddenly get a catch to keep things moving. There is always something special, that I think we can appreciate as fans, when you see a player who can step in on limited looks and do that.

  5. It’s a shame how the Vikings treat their well-liked players that have performed admirably, isn’t it goatherder?

  6. Jarius had 6 years with the Vikings, but his best year was 4 years ago and that was only 42 catches for 500 some yards.

    Last year it was only 18 catches.

    He’s vested and will have a pension.

    Classy guy and I wish him well.

  7. Should have known that Stella would attempt to correlate this to how the Packers insulted Nelson.

    The Vikings didn’t ask Jarius to take a $9 mil pay cut.

    Doesn’t surprise me that Stella can’t
    understand the difference.

  8. One of the most underrated players in the NFL. The guy does nothing but step up and deliver when called upon.

  9. I never understood why they didn’t give him more playing time. Hopefully Coley can step up because Treadwell is not a slot receiver. The only reason Treadwell is still on the roster is because he was a high draft pick.

  10. Way more productive when allowed on the field than the cat fighting with DBs Treadwell. Always wondered why he wasn’t featured more in 3 receiver sets. Coley is going to be a player though, time for him to step up in year 2. Salary Cap Economics 101 casualty. Next call. Hello? Calling Mr. Robison.

  11. Thank you JW from a big Vikings fan. I have been a fan of yours every year. I hope you are resigned. I could think of another receiver that should have been let go instead of you that was drafted two years ago and has made very, very few clutch catches. You have been clutch every time i saw them throw you the ball. You will be missed. I will forever remember the screen play for the 80 yard catch & run for a TD! Best of luck in the future. Go Vikings!

  12. Darn, always liked this kid. I agree Treadwell had one highlght reel catch and not much else. Maybe we will see him back at less money. Kirk better play as advertised, the money has to come from somewhere.

  13. stellarperformance says:
    March 16, 2018 at 7:06 pm
    It’s a shame how the Vikings treat their well-liked players that have performed admirably, isn’t it goatherder?
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    Wasn’t Jordy Nelson kicked aside by your Packers, like a used tire after a heart and soul career?

  14. This cut hurts almost as much as Patterson. Both are great people and can pull off amazing things when the team needs them. Whatever team lands Wright will get a guy who knows how to go the extra mile for their team.

  15. Sorry to see him go. They had to get rid of him to give Treadbust a chance. Problem is, losing Jarius, plus Jet means the Vikes have lost a lot of speed on offense.

  16. This one doesn’t make sense to me. There are other players on this team that should have gone first. Thank you for some thrilling moments, Jarius, and best to you as you move on to the next chapter. Hopefully you’ll catch on with a team where you’re “the guy” instead of an (underrated) afterthought.

  17. filthymcnasty3 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:04 pm
    Dumbest franchise in all of sports.

    No wonder they can’t win a Super Bowl.
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    No that would be the Packers for letting Nelson go and offering him a low ball deal.

  18. I bet the Ravens wish this happened yesterday so they could have picked him up instead of the dead weight Crabtree that they grossly overpaid…

  19. C’mon stellar performance, your carrying this grudge against the Vikings way to far as to making just unintelligentcomments. Are you that unhappy?

  20. hbudgess says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:36 pm
    C’mon stellar performance, your carrying this grudge against the Vikings way to far as to making just unintelligentcomments. Are you that unhappy

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    He has seen all 13 championships, even the lions share during the roaring twenties, but he does seem very, very sad. Come over to the dark side stella, most of the bandwagon packer fans are.

  21. You know why they didn’t cut Treadwell? Because he makes less and they need cap room now. Treadwell was a 1st round pick that they probably are still holding out hope for. Wright is 28 years old and albeit a great teammate, we didn’t cut Moss in his prime here folks…

  22. Vikes79 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:59 pm
    You know why they didn’t cut Treadwell? Because he makes less and they need cap room now. Treadwell was a 1st round pick that they probably are still holding out hope for. Wright is 28 years old and albeit a great teammate, we didn’t cut Moss in his prime here folks…
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    IF its a salary cap issue I might understand it, assuming a first round pick is making less than a third rounder.
    But the comparison of Moss to Treadwell is out of line. Moss was lighting it up as a rookie. After 3 years Treadwell has caught a total of 10 passes?

  23. stellarperformance says:
    March 16, 2018 at 7:06 pm
    It’s a shame how the Vikings treat their well-liked players that have performed admirably, isn’t it gatherer?

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    Well, the NFL is a business, where the team is only allowed to keep 53 players on an active roster. If they were to be sentimental, and keep players around, when their production no longer meets their cost, you end up with the Clay Matthews, AJ Hawk, BJ Raja, and Nelson type players, all stuck around at least 1 year too long.

  24. Always thought he was underutilized and under appreciated; however, he was paid pretty well and I’m sure will land on his feet. I’d love to see how his game fit with the Pats, but he may be looking for a better payday. It was a pleasure to watch him play for my favorite team and I wish him the best.

  25. filthymcnasty3 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:04 pm
    Dumbest franchise in all of sports.

    No wonder they can’t win a Super Bowl.
    *****
    No, the dumbest franchise would be the Green Bay Packers. Only they could have two back-to-back Hall of Fame QBs for 25+ years and only manage one title for each. And their backup plan in case Rodgers gets hurt is DeShone Kizer, direct from the 0-16 Cleveland Browns. Just when you think they couldn’t possibly find someone worse than Brett Hundley, they actually do. Now THAT’s dumb!

  26. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    March 16, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Vikes79 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:59 pm
    You know why they didn’t cut Treadwell? Because he makes less and they need cap room now. Treadwell was a 1st round pick that they probably are still holding out hope for. Wright is 28 years old and albeit a great teammate, we didn’t cut Moss in his prime here folks…
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    IF its a salary cap issue I might understand it, assuming a first round pick is making less than a third rounder.
    But the comparison of Moss to Treadwell is out of line. Moss was lighting it up as a rookie. After 3 years Treadwell has caught a total of 10 passes?
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    You seriously interpreted that he was comparing Treadwell to Moss?! The point is we all appreciate Wright for his role but he caught 18 passes….HE is not Moss in his prime. On the other hand we still haven’t seen Treadwell’s ceiling, at least we hope not.

  27. ackattack22 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:04 pm
    Dumbest franchise in all of sports.

    No wonder they can’t win a Super Bowl.
    *****
    No, the dumbest franchise would be the Green Bay Packers. Only they could have two back-to-back Hall of Fame QBs for 25+ years and only manage one title for each. And their backup plan in case Rodgers gets hurt is DeShone Kizer, direct from the 0-16 Cleveland Browns. Just when you think they couldn’t possibly find someone worse than Brett Hundley, they actually do. Now THAT’s dumb!
    _______________________________________________________________

    You know, that’s a great point that doesn’t come up often enough. I was listening to Colin Cowherd talk about how the Packers went from one legend qb to another. That simply hasn’t happened without at least some gap, it’s truly amazing (and a bit lucky). Now, I fully acknowledge that the Vikings have zero SB’s, but we also have a brutal track record at the most important position. How the heck have the Packers not won more than 2 SB’s with back to back legends at qb for this length of time??

  28. I have a strange feeling the Packers are going to pick him up. He didn’t get a lot of playing time last year but always showed up in the clutch. Good luck Jarius!

  29. This one hurts a little. Such a solid player in key moments last year. I understand this is apart of them trying to get younger and maybe making up some cap space, but boy could he have helped out.

    After all, isn’t one of the reasons for bringing in Cousins his ability to find guys on the 3rd/4th read? That was Wright’s sweet spot. Seems counterintuitive.

  30. flviking says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:45 pm
    He has seen all 13 championships, even the lions share during the roaring twenties, but he does seem very, very sad. Come over to the dark side stella, most of the bandwagon packer fans are.
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    I’m kicked back and loving this. Watching Viking fans whip themselves into an annual frenzy is like appreciating migration. It’s delightful entertainment. The one lesson Viking fans always fail to learn, is; Reputations are made on what you do, not on what you say you’re going to do.”

    Therein is the difference between the Packers and the Vikings. Simple. Elementary.

  31. He’ll get picked up. The Vikes needed the cap and he will get more playing time. Don’t have a cow. But I have to agree that it should have been Treadwell instead. Also, with all that has been going on, what will they being doing with Trae Waynes?

  32. stellarperformance says:
    March 17, 2018 at 7:51 am

    The one lesson Viking fans always fail to learn, is; Reputations are made on what you do, not on what you say you’re going to do.”
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    This from a guy who’s favorite time of year is when the preseason power rankings come out and the chest thumping begins.

  33. Liberalsruineverything says:
    March 17, 2018 at 11:22 am
    This from a guy who’s favorite time of year is when the preseason power rankings come out and the chest thumping begins.
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    From my perspective, preseason polls only serve the purpose of tempering the enthusiasm of overzealous fans banking on good fortune through hope, wishful thinking, prayer, and crossed fingers………like a typical Viking fan. The polls mean nothing to me. I don’t create them. It’s a reality check, that’s all.

  34. Agree with the majority…Treadwell should have been cut not Wright. Treadwell is too slow and stiff to play in the NFL. All Wright did was make a play when given the chance.

  35. I’m disappointed to see Wright released. His stats were not that impressive on the surface, but he made the most of the opportunities he was given, and he certainly showed his value in the playoffs as well. He is a valuable slot receiver, slippery enough to turn short screen passes into long gains, while still a legitimate deep threat. He will be missed unless the Vikings select a replacement in the draft, because they don’t have a guy on the roster right now who could fill that role.

    This makes room for Treadwell to get more balls thrown his way, but Treadwell is not the same type of receiver as Wright. Both these guys’ stats suffered because Keenum was so comfortable throwing to Diggs, Thielen and Rudolph. Hopefully Cousins can build up some trust with the entire receiving corps.

    Wright will not be unemployed long. I just hope another NFC North opponent doesn’t snag him.

  36. Anybody who watched the Vikings play more than two games will tell you that Wright is a far better WR than Treadslow.

    Spielman’s ego prevented him from keeping the better player. Treadslow was a 1st round pick but still, Spielman should have just eaten his pride and kept the Vikings competitive.

  37. I heard Jarius is interested in coming back which is great news. People here commenting on his 18 catches must not follow the team plenty of clutch catches as he was a 3rd down slot. He didn’t drop many passes his way either. If he doesn’t come back I wish him well all he did was make plays.

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