Vikings bring back Laquon Treadwell

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The Vikings will be without wide receiver Chad Beebe for a while due to torn ankle ligaments and that means they only have three healthy wideouts currently on the 53-man roster.

They’re set to make a move to bring that number to four and the player who will be added to the roster is a familiar name in Minnesota. ESPN reports that the team is signing Laquon Treadwell.

Treadwell was a 2016 first-round pick by the Vikings and spent the last three years with the team before being released this summer. He was let go despite having his salary guaranteed for the 2019 season, so the Vikings were already paying him and will now try to get something for that money.

If history is a guide, they won’t be getting much. Treadwell only caught 56 passes over the last three seasons and the Vikings have thrown the fewest passes in the league through three games.

103 responses to “Vikings bring back Laquon Treadwell

  1. And POOF another first rounder is back. Like a rabbit pulled out of a hat. It’s like everyone in that front office is a magician!

  2. Wtf? Why? There are better options in free agency, and on other teams practice squads. Dumb move.

  3. I can hear the Vikings fans complaining now but it’s commendable that he’s signing with them. He can get paid to sit at home. How many of you would do that?

    Vikings are actually being cheap which is actually smart especially if they believe he is at least equal to whoever is sitting on a couch. He does know the system and that’s 1/2 the battle, if not more.

    Of course it’s a unique situation, for Treadwell too. He has a chance to continue in the league if, by some miracle, he becomes something more than a 4th receiver. So it is smart for him to earn his pay.

    PS: A 5th receiver is a special teams ace. Treadwell is not that person.

  4. It’s a move that makes sense but I hope they give Olabisi Johnson a lot of opportunity before they stick Treadwell in there. We know what Laquon can do; let’s see if Bisi can make an impression. He looked good in preseason, which is more than you can say about Treadwell.

  5. Irv Smith is basically WR #3 in this offense. Look for the TE to explode soon. Cook, Thielen, Diggs, Smith, Rudolph…pick your weapon to defend.

  6. He’s being brought back for his tenacious run-blocking mostly, and his gunning on kick coverage. Irv Smith Jr can be freed up for more opportunities in the passing game as an added benefit. He’ll be the big-time option that Treadwell wasn’t. Could be a smart move.

  7. He’s a clipboard holder that knows the offense. He’ll be gone, as soon as they have more time to bring in a legit 3rd wide out in free agency.

  8. Strange that they payed the guy for 2019 but then didn’t even stash him on the PS, even though they didn’t have that many receivers on the roster.

  9. This is a team that has played 12 or 21 personnel 90% of the time. Heck, last week they used 3 WR formations only 12 times. If they run additional personnel on routes, they have been splitting out a TE (Smith), the RB (cook) or FB (Ham). That’s why they have only 4 WRs on the roster and have 3 on the practice squad. Treadwell knows the system, and will play sparingly. While cheesers harp on this as a depth issue, its a system issue. This is no bigger of an issue than the Pack putting their starting OG (Taylor) on IR, as its a low impact move. Also, Bebe is starting to look awfully injury prone, which is too bad, as he can be an effective WR..

  10. The Vikings and their ugly uniforms will march straight to the cellar of north starting this week!
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    Look at the standings.They’re already in the cellar!

  11. This is definitely a World Class move if I ever saw one.
    (Sniff Sniff) It’s beginning to reek of desperation just West of the Mississippi.

    Also: I’m disappointed to hear the news about Chad Beebe’s ankle.
    Major injuries suck, especially this early in the season, and I sincerely hope he makes a full and rapid recovery.

  12. Hmm, maybe one of those 5th round picks would have been better used on a WR rather than a kicker who didn’t pan out. Vikings seem to always have a personnel hole that Speilman fails to resolve and it always seems to bite them. Last year it was the OL and that was blamed for them not making the playoffs. This year they failed to find WR depth. Perhaps when all of the CBs are back and healthy (Alexander, Hughes, and Hill) to go along with Rhodes and Waynes, they could trade one of them for a decent WR? Clearly they need to use all their draft capital next year on moving up to take one of the top QBs.

  13. This is a good signing. Why waste time teaching a new player the offense when Cook, Mattison, Diggs, AT, Rudy, and Irv will touch the ball 95% of the time anyway. Treadwell was actually our 4th WR but he wasn’t going to get the ball so why keep him. He now is going to be insurance if Bisi can’t carry the light load. Welcome back LT.

  14. Everyone just relax. Treadwell is who we thought he was.. it’s not like the Vikings brass thinks he’s going to come back and blow up the league. He’s a warm body that knows the system and can block for the other playmakers on the team, period. Irv Smith is the #3 receiver right now, anyways.

    Keep handing the rock off to Cook, let Cousins do his thang.. we’ll be fine.

  15. Want to see how smart the Viking talent evaluators are? Cut a first round draft pick , watch 31 other teams pass on him for 4 weeks and then turn around and re-sign him.

    Even I have to admit, Spielman is indeed a genius.

  16. I like this kid and hoping he turns it up a notch and realizes that this might be his last shot in being in the nfl.

  17. Spielman with some questionable recent moves. Cutting Sloter, Badget, keeping Abdullah. Now bringing back LaQuan.Hmmm

  18. All fools commenting on this. They have under $1.5 in cap space. They are already paying him so no cap hit. Treadwell would never ever get another opportunity in the league if he took his money and didnt sign. He would be blackballed. Its simply a guy who will get 5 to 10 snaps and has a pulse on special teams. What he does with this chance remains to be seen. This makes the most sense for MN today as there isnt a big role in this offense for a third WR.

  19. How does that work contractually/cap wise? I guess it depends on if he had offset language, but if he did NOT have offset language, and they pay him $1M for this contract, does he count his old salary + the new contract?

  20. The one thing about Treadwell is that is a very good blocker on the outside…The Chef will appreciate this…

  21. NOOOOOOOO! Why would you bring him back?! I’d rather have them elevate a member from the practice squad who WANTS to be there then Treadwell….yuck. Prove me wrong Treadwell and I’ll gladly eat crow.

  22. starchild53 says:

    September 24, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    “….and Aaron Rodgers is still the most overrated QB in the league.”

    And yet I would never, ever, ever, ever, never, ever trade him for yours! Focus on your own problems, bottom dweller.

  23. Not good enough Saturday but Monday we want him (also he remained a free agent…that says alot). Been there…………..done that! Treadwell is not the answer. Vikes do this…do a deep dive into AB and if things are cleared bring him in. I understand high risk but ohhhh the potential reward. Fans are fans because we want to WIN!!!! Treadwell is not the answer.

  24. vavikingfan says:
    September 24, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    Why not? He knows the system and can block and play gunner.

    Yep

  25. Diggs, Smith, Rudolph…pick your weapon to defend.

    +++++

    Keenan Allen basically matched these three “weapons” stat totals for the season……in his game last week.

  26. gopack12go says:
    September 24, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    starchild53 says:

    September 24, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    “….and Aaron Rodgers is still the most overrated QB in the league.”

    And yet I would never, ever, ever, ever, never, ever trade him for yours! Focus on your own problems, bottom dweller.

    ———————————————–

    @gopack12go Then way are you commenting on a Vikings thread? Border Battle was over 9 days ago. Actually 3rd place I believe and a game out from your beloved Headcheese team. You’re acting like you have the division all sewn up all ready. Like I’ve said you’ve beat Trubisky, Cousins and Flacco. Better focus on your own problems of Wentz coming to town Cheezer.

  27. packertruth says:
    September 24, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Diggs, Smith, Rudolph…pick your weapon to defend.

    +++++

    Keenan Allen basically matched these three “weapons” stat totals for the season……in his game last week.
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    If you haven’t noticed the Vikings are running the ball effectively, everyone’s targets have gone down. If you know anything about the game you would know this. Cook leads the league in rushing and the Vikings as a team are only behind the Ravens in total yards rushing. The Packer truth is your squad is an INT away from being 2-1, because you couldn’t stop the running game your D line was getting beat like a drum.

  28. Keenan Allen basically matched these three “weapons” stat totals for the season……in his game last week…
    ——–
    You can’t be serious? SD passes three times as much as the Vikings. Apples and Oranges. My respect for your knowledge of football was low, now it is non existent.

  29. Vikings resign Treadwell, Viking fan says:

    “and Aaron Rodgers is still the most overrated QB in the league.”

    Don’t know what’s more laughable, the pathetic attempt at misdirection or the fact that someone actually thinks this is true.

  30. So how does that work? Do they have to give him another contract but then they can withhold that money due to offset language?

  31. vavikingfan says:
    September 24, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    Why not? He knows the system and can block and play gunner.
    __________

    I get that but if the Vikings are truly looking for depth at WR, there are better options… who are they gonna call next troy williamson?

  32. starchild53 says:
    September 24, 2019 at 12:15 pm
    ….and Aaron Rodgers is still the most overrated QB in the league.

    ===

    Until December 23rd, Vikings fans should have far bigger worries than Rodgers and the Packers. But we know you’re all delusional. Therefore, enjoy your upcoming loss this week to a far superior Bears team.

  33. shaggytoodle says:
    September 24, 2019 at 1:45 pm
    vavikingfan says:
    September 24, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    Why not? He knows the system and can block and play gunner.
    __________

    I get that but if the Vikings are truly looking for depth at WR, there are better options… who are they gonna call next troy williamson

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Troy Williamson? Imagine that, a packer fan living in the past. Who are the packers going to get to replace Taylor at guard, Forrest Gregg?

  34. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 24, 2019 at 12:08 pm
    This is a great thing for Treadwell and Packers fans.

    @@@@@@@@@@@

    And yet all Treadwell does is catch TD against the pack.

  35. Looking at priority Draft needs to Zimmer, the Vikings 2020 1st or 2nd is obvious……

    Corner,
    Linebacker,
    TE,
    Safety….
    Anything but the 2 positions they still need WR, and OL..

  36. californianewton says:
    September 24, 2019 at 2:20 pm
    Even Thielen is catching fewer passes than last year

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@

    No need to pass as much as last year. Vikings are second in rushing behind the Ravens.

  37. No need to pass as much as last year. Vikings are second in rushing behind the Ravens.
    ___________

    Honest question what happenswqhen they play a top 10 rushing def. Or even worse what happens when they get in a shoot out or even worse down but 3 scores at the start of the 4th quarter. I get it you want to win and running is clery the best option, eventually Cousins is gonna need to make a few plays if they are gonna go somewhere this season. Just like any other QB.

  38. @shaggy; Against a top 10 rush defense, you run. It’s what a top 1-2 rushing team does. If you’re down 21, you pass. It doesn’t mean you start with the pass. There’s still Diggs, Thielen, and Rudolph. But it doesn’t mean when you have Cook you don’t use him.

  39. Is Aldrick Robinson not available? Seemed like every time he and Kirk connected last year it was for a touchdown. I like the thought of bringing in a guy Kirk is familiar with but I dont think Treadwell is the right choice.

  40. A lot of people think being able to run the ball is a bad thing. Eight of the top 11 rushing teams last year made the playoffs. Running the ball well does not mean you can’t pass the ball well. The Vikings were fine at passing last year and terrible at running. I think the passing game is still there but the running game was added. We’ll see soon enough, probably this week.

  41. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 24, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    A lot of people think being able to run the ball is a bad thing.
    ________

    No, being completely one dimensional has always been a recipe for success.
    You actually had a Hall of Fame back for an entire decade and look how great that turned out come post season.
    It’s especially inspiring when all of the rules favor the passing game and high octane offenses.

    Rushing the football 50 times a game may work with the short sample size you’ve had, but I would’ve assumed most Barneys have seen this movie before.
    And really not all that long ago.

  42. Chesse eaters talking about minnesota being 1 dimensional and unbalanced offensively. Well let’s take a look shall we.

    Minn
    avg pass yards per game: 164.7
    Avg run yards per game: 193.7
    Diff: 29.0

    GB

    Avg pass yards per game: 197.3
    Avg run yards per game: 89.3
    Diff: 117.0

    So who is more 1 dimensional and less balanced?
    It’s like Every time they open their mouth everyone can see how dumb they really are

  43. Who knows this might just be the wake up call Treadwell needs? I have seen him make circus catches, but also seen him have balls bounce off of his hands, helmet and numbers while wide open!
    But there is ONE thing by reading down these posts.. I simply cannot wait for our 2nd meeting this year! for one to knock these Packer bums OUT of 1st place If they are lucky enough to be there, or OUT of the Playoffs! I have ZERO doubt Minnesota beats Green Bay ANY more games Minnesota plays them this year. I cannot believe the way you guys have been Crowing about them this year?!? Your team really is NOT that good, and you are lucky to not have lost the 1st game with the Vikes. We owned you for 3 of 4 quarters! Zimmer has your Offense AND defense figured out and you cannot match Minnesota man for man.
    Without the NON Calls gifts from the Refs you never win game one. We walked all over you pushed your defense around all second half and most of the 2nd quarter.. YOU GOT LUCKY! So crow for now, I’ll be here waiting with a big smile on my face WAITING TO RUB YOUR NOSES IN IT!

  44. Not sure what Waffle is going for here in his last post. The Vikings shouldn’t have run the ball with 3-4 TD leads? They should pass the ball more with big leads? They shouldn’t try and have equal parts passing and rushing? They shouldn’t use 1 of the best RB’s in the league? What is it you’re trying to say here, bud?

  45. Vikings fans talk like they won the game week 2.

    They didn’t. Without two lucky fumbles by the Packers, that game is a blowout.

    The Vikings won’t have anything to play for the next time, as they’ll have already been eliminated. But it wouldn’t matter. The Packers, who will have the 1 or 2 seed in the NFC locked up, will just let their backups beat up on the Vikings, too.

  46. Cheese
    _________

    Minnesota runs the ball about 63% of the time

    While the packers run it about 44% of the time.

    The playcalling is not balanced and that’s what people are referencing, cuz i nelieve it will be hard for the Vikings to run the ball around the 0 to 60 times.a game during the next 14 weeks.

  47. The Beebe experiment should be coming to an end. He is too frail. Sorry, its true. So this is a good decision for now. We still need a slot reciever. Doesnt it seem bizarre Doctson went on IR immediately? Was he hurt when we got him?

  48. Might as well, they’re still paying him from his original contract anyway. No additional money or cap hit being spent. We have good WR’s & TE’s already, & run the ball. RELAX green & yellow trolls.

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