Vikings used $75,000 bonus to keep receiver Jeff Badet from the Jets

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The Vikings don’t have a clear-cut No. 3 receiver behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Jeff Badet possibly could be that guy.

Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that, earlier this year, the Vikings gave Badet a $75,000 signing bonus to keep the 2018 practice-squad player away from the Jets. That would seem to suggest that Badet has an inside track at a 53-man roster spot. The question is whether he has an inside track to the first spot on the depth chart behind Diggs and Thielen.

Badet told Tomasson that the Vikings “let out a little bit” of cash to keep Badet from joining the Jets, who wanted someone who could match the speed and skill of Robby Anderson. Badet was prepared to make the jump, until the Vikings stepped up.

Now, Badet says he’s ready to step up.

“Night and day,’’ Badet said regarding the difference between last year and this year. “My confidence level is up. I got a chance to go against Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and [Mackensie Alexander] every day on the practice squad.”

Badet attended Friday’s rookie minicamp practice, but he has a groin injury. He’s expected to be ready to go with OTAs commence on May 21.

After three years at Kentucky, Badet transferred to Oklahoma, because he wanted to play with Baker Mayfield. Uninvited to the Scouting Combine, Badet ran the 40-yard dash in 4.27 seconds at the Oklahoma Pro Day in 2018.

Badet has said he’s the fastest guy on the Vikings. Of course, that only takes a player so far. After all, Troy Williamson was fast, too.

33 responses to “Vikings used $75,000 bonus to keep receiver Jeff Badet from the Jets

  1. Judging by their actions over the last couple of seasons, they are desperately trying to stay one step ahead of the Jets.
    At least they’ve finally found a counterpart to a worthwhile rivalry.

  2. What do you mean the Vikings don’t have a clear cut #3 WR. They used the 23rd pick in the 2016 on Laquon Treadwell. He is the best 3rd WR in Southern MN. Just ask Vikings fans.

  3. If like last year with Cousins on his back most of the time, he’ll need that 4.27 speed to come back to the ball.

  4. I thought players were falling over themselves to play for free in Minnesota?

  5. Cousins had the following yawn-inducing, predictable, fan-pleasing, cliches to say about this guy:

    “He knows how to take it one game at a time.” “He makes a circus catches.” “He leaves it all on the field.” “He’s deceptively quick.” “He has a motor that won’t quit.” “He really gives 110 percent.” “He can play a full 60 minutes.” “He knows how to take care of the football.” “He has a quick first step.” “He’s a downhill runner.” “The guy’s a throwback.”

  6. The Vikings are loading up on receivers because they can not afford to pay Diggs and Thielen for too much longer. Cousins’s salary is effecting the team. These me first QB’s – Cousins, Grappolo, Brees, Wilson & Rodgers are hurting the NFL.
    This is a huge year for Kirk. The Vikings have done all they can to make it the right fit for him. I think the Vikings find out if signing Cousins was a mistake or not this season. And I am not blaming him for last season here either. Too many had their part in the Vikings 8-7-1 record.

  7. Badet is one of many low-round draft choices and UDFAs that have an opportunity to be the Vikings’ #3 receiver this year. As long as they keep Treadwell off the field and give everyone else a fair shot, one of them should be able to step up and do a good job. I’d also like to see a veteran like Garcon signed.

  8. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    May 4, 2019 at 1:54 pm
    Badet is one of many low-round draft choices and UDFAs that have an opportunity to be the Vikings’ #3 receiver this year. As long as they keep Treadwell off the field and give everyone else a fair shot, one of them should be able to step up and do a good job. I’d also like to see a veteran like Garcon signed.

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    Treadwell won’t even make the final 53 man roster and will be cut.

  9. FlashPatterson says:
    May 4, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    Haha the Jets are gonna hate the Vikings after all this. Cant even swipe a practice squad player.

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    Jets basically forced the Vikings to pay 40+ mil for 2 solid, but overrated players in Cousins and Barr. For that same money the Jets instead got Darnold, Leveon Bell, CJ Mosley, and Quinnen Williams. Why would the Jets hate the Vikings? If anything they love them! lmao

  10. Javier Navarro says:
    May 4, 2019 at 2:44 pm
    FlashPatterson says:
    May 4, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    Haha the Jets are gonna hate the Vikings after all this. Cant even swipe a practice squad player.

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    Jets basically forced the Vikings to pay 40+ mil for 2 solid, but overrated players in Cousins and Barr. For that same money the Jets instead got Darnold, Leveon Bell, CJ Mosley, and Quinnen Williams. Why would the Jets hate the Vikings? If anything they love them! lmao
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    We love the Jets in Titletown, too.
    We absolutely love watching the Vikings overpay for all of that mediocre talent, and then listening to the Barneys rationalize it to everyone else.

  11. Every time anyone mentions Troy Williamson I laugh. I can’t help it. There is a “ doink” video on YouTube that is flat out hysterical. Thanks for reminding me of this.

    And to jziggyblog who said “ maybe cousins could loan him some money.” Classic buddy, classic.

    And finally for atthemurph who says Laquon is the best. 3rd wife receiver in football just ask a Vikings fan, not sure where you got your info but I think that’s s good idea. If you think that’s the perception out there, ask a Vikings fan. They will clarify what they think this for you.

  12. Wafflestomp says:
    May 4, 2019 at 11:36 am
    Judging by their actions over the last couple of seasons, they are desperately trying to stay one step ahead of the Jets.
    At least they’ve finally found a counterpart to a worthwhile rivalry.
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    Since the Packers can’t beat those juggernaut Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau I’m guessing the Packers are watching them closely in the offseason.

  13. Pretty sad over 20% of the responses are from two packer fans who try to tell everyone they don’t care about the Vikings. Your not fooling anyone Ace and Gary.

  14. Treadwell will be gone, he wouldn’t make most arena League teams! I have never seen as many mis-run routs, or balls bouncing off hands, pads, helmets etc!
    At least Patterson was improving and is already in the Football HOF as a Viking, for the longest TD on a Kickoff in NFL history. I would like to ask a question, and have it answered without automatically modded out.
    I wonder why all the Troll comments stay up here on Vikings stories, but replies get removed?

  15. kingthielanscourt:
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    Good question on the end of your comment. I have countless replies to Packer trolls that never make it through and get deleted, even the clean ones. I wonder if one of the ‘moderators’ is a Packer fan?

  16. roger that says:
    May 4, 2019 at 9:04 pm
    kingthielanscourt:
    ————————-
    Good question on the end of your comment. I have countless replies to Packer trolls that never make it through and get deleted, even the clean ones. I wonder if one of the ‘moderators’ is a Packer fan?
    ________________

    Yes, it must be another one of those conspiracy theories again that’s so prevalent in Loserville.
    Trust me, it goes both ways.
    Hardly any of my responses ever get posted, week in and week out.
    Not that any of you will ever read this anyway.

  17. wafflestomp:
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    Well then you must enter A LOT of comments because you’re still on here a lot. You should try taking up some other hobbies, like fishing, coin collecting, being a decent person, etc

  18. Trust me, it goes both ways.
    ____
    That I believe. Your on what, your 3rd version of filthymcnasty because the first two were banned because of things you posted on here. How many total aliases have you had banned in all?

  19. Wow the packer backers are scared because they know whats coming. Last place in the North while they watch The Vikes win it all.

  20. shokner says:
    May 4, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Why are the Jets foaming at the mouth all off-season in pursuit of these Vikings players?////////////////

    I don’t know that the Jets are foaming at the mouth. The Vikings have a good roster so why wouln’t any team be interested in players for the Vikings if it improves their team?

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