Vikings not expected to pick up Laquon Treadwell’s fifth-year option

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The deadline for NFL teams to exercise their fifth-year options on the contracts of 2016 first-round picks is Friday and many teams probably didn’t have to think long about their choice.

For most of them that’s because they want to continue their working relationship with their players for at least one more year. The Vikings fall into the other category, though.

Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has been a disappointment through his first three NFL seasons and the team has invested a lot into wideouts Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen while Treadwell has floundered. As a result and as reported by Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, the Vikings are not expected to put themselves on the hook for another year with Treadwell.

Treadwell has 56 catches for 517 yards and a touchdown in 40 career games.

64 responses to “Vikings not expected to pick up Laquon Treadwell’s fifth-year option

  1. Treadwell was the #3 WR last year, pretty much by default. Here are Cousins’ passer ratings when throwing to his four top targets:

    Thielen – 115.4
    Diggs – 107.9
    Rudolph – 113.5
    Treadwell – 80.3

    Replacing Treadwell with a legitimate receiver should vastly improve the offense. They didn’t get a new WR in the draft but Irv Smith will play a lot as a TE and will probably be the de facto third receiver because they will go with two tight ends much more often than they go with three WRs. It’s dangerous to count on a rookie but how could he be worse?

    I’ll also note that Pierre Garcon is still out there as a free agent. I think the Vikings’ plan is to find some salary cap space and then sign Garcon, who was very successful with Cousins as his QB in the past.

    The best move would be to trade Treadwell for a conditional 7th-round pick and get his $3.16 million off the cap. Cutting him wouldn’t do it because it’s guaranteed money. A rebuilding team with cap space should be willing to give a former first-round pick a chance for a year.

  2. I really thought, based on his college production, he’d at least be a viable 6-7 year starter in the league. He hasn’t even come close. I wonder if that horrific leg injury at Ole Miss took more out of him than we know.

  3. The sad thing is he will probably take up a spot on the 53 because i thought i remember reading the Vikings will take a cap hit if released. I hope i’m wrong because this guy is a bust.

  4. 2016 Draft:

    2nd Round – Michael Thomas – Saints
    2nd Round – Tyler Boyd – Bengals
    5th Round – Tyreek Hill – Chiefs (but a better cultural fit for the Vikings)

  5. There is absolutely 8 spots on the packers defense he could start on after this year if that works out for him.
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    Not sure what’s more frightening, that you say such ridiculous things or that 6 other MN fans upvoted your comment.

    Dude was a serious bust…just own it.

  6. This guy needs to get it together! Too many dropped passes and can’t run a route. He is bust just like cordarelle Patterson. Maybe a new place for him to play will revitalize his career. It won’t be in Minnesota.

  7. I was really hoping he would’ve proved me wrong. The moment I saw his reaction and his body language told me he doesn’t want to play or play for The Vikings. My buddy was high on this guy. I told him he wasn’t going to be star on this team. I said to him you can tell he doesn’t have what it takes. Look at his body language. He didn’t even seem excited. I really wanted him to prove me wrong. So far he hasn’t.

  8. The film doesn’t lie. I watched this guy at Ole Miss and flat out rejected him. I wouldn’t have signed him as a free agent. You could see he hated football. He has the talent to be as great as he wants to be, but he just doesn’t play football. He doesn’t compete. I have a strong feeling this wasn’t Spielman’s pick.

  9. Vikings will be using 2 TE sets this year. Diggs, Thielen, Rudy, Smith and Cook. Watch out NFL, best skills position group in the league. Can’t wait to see Irv Smith burn the Packer linebackers over and over and over…

  10. The best move would be to trade Treadwell for a conditional 7th-round pick and get his $3.16 million off the cap. Cutting him wouldn’t do it because it’s guaranteed money. A rebuilding team with cap space should be willing to give a former first-round pick a chance for a year.

    I thought weed wasn’t legal in Minnesota but it must be at least available to Mr. Magician.

  11. My guess is we see lots of 2 WR/2 TE sets this year, and Irv Smith takes most of LT’s reps. Had high hopes for him, and he was the guy I was hoping the Vikes drafted the year he came out. Seems like a good guy and he definitely works hard, but for some reason he could not turn talent and work ethic in to something that paid off on Sunday. Too Bad hopefully he finds a special teams role for the year and excels at it if he hopes to make the roster.

  12. Not a good pick by Spielman — lucky they hit on a 5th rounder with Diggs and Theilen as a street free agent — two pro bowlers or all-pros. If folks are gonna trash Spielman for this Treadwell pick, they should spout out equal praise for those two moves.

    And in response to the usual gleeful cheeser comments thrown from their glass houses, I’m just too lazy to list the numerous Packer first round busts — instead just look at the 2015 draft.

  13. Can’t wait to see Irv Smith burn the Packer linebackers over and over and over…
    >>>>><<<<<<
    And so it begins…at the Combine:

    Irv Smith 40 yd dash time – 4.63
    Rashan Gary 40 yd dash time – 4.58 (packing 30 more pounds)

  14. No team will trade anything for this guy because his base salary is $1.8M. His cap number is $3.1M but his guaranteed salary is only $1.15M (pro-rated signing bonus accounts for the rest). His cap hit would be ~$2.5M but he would save them $654k in cap space. At this point, the cost to keep him on the roster is only ~$654k so if he makes the roster they may keep him.

    Maybe he’ll put forth some effort this year since it’s a contract year. If he doesn’t I’ll be surprised if he could convince any team to sign him for anything more than the veteran minimum in the form of roster bonuses so they can get rid of him at any time. If turning down the option year doesn’t get his attention I doubt anything will. He better have saved some of that ~$10M he made. That won’t go very far once he’s out of the NFL.

  15. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 30, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    In other breaking news, water is wet.
    ======================================
    Ah, you stole my comment! Regardless, the Vikings have had better luck with receivers chosen late or not drafted at all than they have with drafting them high. Troy Williamson, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Cordarrelle Patterson, and now Treadwell, all chosen since 2005, and none worth keeping after their rookie contract.

  16. I was told that Treadwell was going to be an amazing WR and probably the best WR in the NFC North. We all were.

    I just wish Vikings fans would learn the basics about football before they started talking to everyone else.

  17. I’ll take the Magicians drafts over the last decade over your pathetic Thompson/Geuty picks any day.

    Get back to us when you have a top 5 defense three years in a row or have a team built from one of the worst in the league and taken to the NFC Championship (twice) without Rodgers and the refs in your pocket and maybe we’ll be impressed. Maybe. Not likely, but maybe.

    I love how the 48 member board of cheerleaders squandered Favres and Rodgers careers. It’s hilarious. Hey, you’ll always have cow tipping and that new special at Applebee’s though!

  18. Alan Light says:
    April 30, 2019 at 3:58 pm
    Vikings will be using 2 TE sets this year. Diggs, Thielen, Rudy, Smith and Cook. Watch out NFL, best skills position group in the league. Can’t wait to see Irv Smith burn the Packer linebackers over and over and over…

    As long as the game isn’t vs. a winning team, away or on primetime, you’ll be fine. Really Alan you bold prognostications are what keep me laughing carry on.

  19. philcodean says:
    April 30, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Can’t wait to see Irv Smith burn the Packer linebackers over and over and over…
    >>>>><<<<<<
    And so it begins…at the Combine:

    Irv Smith 40 yd dash time – 4.63
    Rashan Gary 40 yd dash time – 4.58 (packing 30 more pounds)
    ____________

    Another difference besides that 0.05 second difference in 40 time is that Smith actually produced in college while you couldn't find Gary with a searchlight.

  20. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    April 30, 2019 at 3:37 pm
    What’s the big deal? It’s not like the Vikings wasted a first round draft pick on this guy.

    ——————————————
    Well Carl since you bring it up, your favorite team knows a little something about wasted 1st round picks seems you know of what you speak. Just a quick glance the Vikings have drafted 12 players who have played in a pro bowl since 2001, you would have to go back to 1977 to get to 12 first round pro bowlers from your squad.

  21. Frazier28/7 says:
    April 30, 2019 at 4:57 pm
    I’ll take the Magicians drafts over the last decade over your pathetic Thompson/Geuty picks any day.
    Get back to us when you have a top 5 defense three years in a row or have a team built from one of the worst in the league and taken to the NFC Championship (twice) without Rodgers and the refs in your pocket and maybe we’ll be impressed. Maybe. Not likely, but maybe.
    I love how the 48 member board of cheerleaders squandered Favres and Rodgers careers. It’s hilarious. Hey, you’ll always have cow tipping and that new special at Applebee’s though!

    —-

    Get back to us when you win a Super Bowl. Until then, stay under your rock, child.

  22. I’ll take the Magicians drafts over the last decade over your pathetic Thompson/Geuty picks any day.

    Get back to us when you have a top 5 defense three years in a row or have a team built from one of the worst in the league and taken to the NFC Championship (twice) without Rodgers and the refs in your pocket and maybe we’ll be impressed. Maybe. Not likely, but maybe.
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    For a guy who spends a lot of time in the Packer comment section, you sure are touchy. If you can’t take the heat and all….

    Also, Gute’s draft was rated the best in the north by PFF….since you brought it up

  23. Frazier28/7 says:
    April 30, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    I’ll take the Magicians drafts over the last decade over your pathetic Thompson/Geuty picks any day.
    ___________

    Really? Ted Thompson had a slew of very successful drafts early in his tenure in Green Bay.
    He was the chief architect in building an absolute offensive juggernaut that led to several divisional championships, 9 playoff berths, including 8 in a row, and a Super Bowl win.

    Yet, you’d rather have the tepid drafts the Vikings dabbled in, as well as the middling play they stumbled through on the field?
    Barney Logic at its finest.

  24. Just a quick glance the Vikings have drafted 12 players who have played in a pro bowl since 2001
    ——
    And yet none have played in a Superbowl

  25. fwippel says

    Troy Williamson, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Cordarrelle Patterson, and now Treadwell, all chosen since 2005, and none worth keeping after their rookie contract.

    ###

    I’ll give you 3 of the 4, but we wanted to keep Rice.

    Seattle, seeking revenge for the Steve Hutchinson deal, wrote a contract that couldn’t be matched without serious ramifications.

    Rice then suffered an injury that he never really came back from, so Seattle ate most of that contract. Just like they did with Harvin….

  26. I get that he’s a bust.

    But to you ‘film watchers’ what you saw was a guy who was the best blocking WR in the nation and it wasn’t even close. Ever met anyone who actually likes blocking? I haven’t. What you also saw was a guy who didn’t look that slow because everyone else was too.

    His problem is he can’t get off the line and when he does, he finds a way to drop a crucial pass. I would be Amami Cooper has more dropped passes but it’s like the guy who hits .300 and it’s always with 2 outs and no one on, when you’re already up or down 10-0.

    You gotta perform when it matters. I thought he’d be good but the college transition for WR seems even steeper than for QB’s.

  27. One of those wasted number one picks we have every now and then. Before Treadwell it was christian Ponder. Be nice to have redo’s on those 2 guys. Maybe this is why Zimmer doesn’t like using top picks on the offensive side of the ball. That being said I do like our 3rd round pick. Tough running back that can catch the ball out of the backfield. Earlier someone had said we didn’t address that position and they must of forgot we drafted Mattison.

  28. PS: Rice was great. Tavaris Jackson? Yeah, he helped.

    Harvin was the best college football player I’ve ever seen. Maybe OJ (ugh). But Harvin has migraines and I have a kid who has the same problem. I’d kill myself, right now, for her to be migraine free. I can’t imagine what Harvin would have been. The amount of different things they try is frightening. From drugs that make you totally apathetic to drugs that make you angry. Or just Pot, in the end as it was for him. It sucks. Bigtime.

    Maybe behind those headaches was not a good person. It’s hard to tell when one has a devastating handicap. And it is devastating.

  29. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 30, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    philcodean says:
    April 30, 2019 at 4:41 pm
    Can’t wait to see Irv Smith burn the Packer linebackers over and over and over…
    >>>>><<<<<<
    And so it begins…at the Combine:
    Irv Smith 40 yd dash time – 4.63
    Rashan Gary 40 yd dash time – 4.58 (packing 30 more pounds)
    ____________
    Another difference besides that 0.05 second difference in 40 time is that Smith actually produced in college while you couldn't find Gary with a searchlight.

    Not a pack fan but Gary was a All-Big Ten defensive first-team by the coaches
    Irv Smith was a Second Team All SEC Tight End
    The First Team SEC Tight End was drafted by the Packers this year Jace Sternberger

  30. infinitig:
    ————
    Smith was ranked ahead of Sternberger because Sternberger is a bad blocker. He also had character issues which is the first reason why he transferred to a different college. The second reason he transferred is because the college he went to uses the tight end a lot, hence his high numbers. Time will tell I guess.

  31. roger that says:
    April 30, 2019 at 8:37 pm
    infinitig:
    ————
    Smith was ranked ahead of Sternberger because Sternberger is a bad blocker. He also had character issues which is the first reason why he transferred to a different college. The second reason he transferred is because the college he went to uses the tight end a lot, hence his high numbers. Time will tell I guess.
    __________

    Jace Sternberger never had any character issues, he left Kansas solely on the fact that they just didn’t use their TEs (11 catches total as a position group in 2016.)
    Whether A&M use their TEs anymore than normal is anyone’s guess.
    All of this smells of excuse making.

    From everything I’ve read from a draft analysis perspective, most had Irv Smith and Jace Sternberger matched pretty evenly.
    Neither one blocks particularly well and they’ll both have to work on that to become a more complete product on the field.
    You might say 3-A and 3-B, and in no real particular order.

  32. Patterson. Treadwell. First-rounders. Both coached right into the ground by Viking coaches.

  33. >> you would have to go back to 1977 <<

    Just about everyone would have to go back to the 1970s, because that's the last time anyone actually watched the Pro Bowl.

  34. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 30, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    Another difference besides that 0.05 second difference in 40 time is that Smith actually produced in college while you couldn’t find Gary with a searchlight.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Sure. Two-time, first-team all Big-10…………by the coaches, not writers. That’s happens everyday.

  35. Gary was an underachiever at Michigan too, note that with your coaches pick. It was a risky choice that may pay off or he will just continue to underachieve. Not the kind of guy most would take with the 12 pick in the NFL draft but Gute did it. So there is that.

  36. And if you want to go back a few years, in 2016 Desmond King, Jourdan Lewis, and Jabrill Peppers all earned their 2nd first team awards. Just saying…..

  37. I mean….. there have been 6 two time first team all big ten winners.

    On defense

    In the last 3 years…..

    And that isn’t even counting the fact that Boss won it in ’17 and would likely have in ’18 as well if he had played it out

  38. worst draft pick (aside from Demitryius Underwood) in vikings history. worse than troy williamson. williamson actually had flashes early. treadwell has not once shown potential.

    i said the vikings needed to get phil loadholt’s replacement ready and they needed to draft a tackle that year, and also because matt kahlil was not looking like he’d ever be the same. we needed a tackle.

    spielman took another BUST WR in the 1st round.

    whoever was comparing treadwell to andre johnson should never be allowed near the draft again.

  39. the guy was a 1st round pick and was often a healthy scratch his first year. that was the true sign he would be a bust. 1 catch his rookie season. ONE!

    ONE!!!!!!!!!!

  40. derp363 says:
    May 2, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    worst draft pick (aside from Demitryius Underwood) in vikings history. worse than troy williamson. williamson actually had flashes early. treadwell has not once shown potential.

    i said the vikings needed to get phil loadholt’s replacement ready and they needed to draft a tackle that year, and also because matt kahlil was not looking like he’d ever be the same. we needed a tackle.
    ______________

    Phil Loadholt retired after the 2014 season.

  41. stellarperformance says:
    April 30, 2019 at 11:28 pm
    Patterson. Treadwell. First-rounders. Both coached right into the ground by Viking coaches.

    ——

    Same coaches for Diggs and Thielen, nice try. Worry about the packers many recent busts at DB – first two picks last year – 1 INT. Demarious Randall and Ha Ha both begged to be out of town as well. Kevin King – bust. Quentin Rollins – garbage.

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