Stephen Weatherly says he’s back with the Vikings

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Defensive end Stephen Weatherly spent his first four NFL seasons with the Vikings and he says he is headed back to the team for the 2021 season.

Weatherly signed a two-year deal with the Panthers as a free agent last year, but got released by Carolina last month. In an Instagram post on Thursday, Weatherly wrote that he is back with the team for another tour of duty.

The Vikings have not made any announcement about Weatherly’s return.

Weatherly started the first nine games of the 2020 season, but spent the rest of the year on injured reserve after hurting his finger. He had 67 tackles, six sacks, and two forced fumbles in his first stint with the Vikings.

19 responses to “Stephen Weatherly says he’s back with the Vikings

  1. Hell yeah let’s get him back! I wanted Weatherly and Hunter for our starting ends last year.

  2. Stephen Weatherly has 6 sacks in 5 seasons. He also is very injury prone.

    Carolina dumped him for a reason.😌

  3. This is a good move. He is a good player and will help push the younger DE’s. I believe this also takes us out of the Kwity Paye sweepstakes and allows us to go OL/IDL in round 1.

  4. He’ll be a practice body during the offseason but won’t make the final roster.

  5. I was stoked when Carolina got him, thinking he’d be a great addition given more playing time.

    Wrong, he is not good. He is a career backup.

  6. He’s a good player and an incredible person. Anyone who’s interested should look into this guys story. Went to Vandy, I think his mom was one of the first black women to graduate from Harvard (or some other Ivy League school) plays multiple instruments and sings. He had an online TV show type of thing where he would go to different occupations, anything from glass blowing to barista, any try to do the job for a day. And he always killed it. Very intelligent, outgoing, well spoken, and funny as hell. Glad to see him back on my team. Not every player needs to be a superstar to have a significant impact.

  7. Nothing wrong with being a career backup when it means you’re a multi-millionaire by 30.

  8. Any of you calling him a camp body or back up or injury prone clearly have not watched the Vikings. This guy is as good as Hunter and was the clear replacement for Griffin. It will be awesome to have him back and starting, and you will all eat your words.

  9. Brobokil says:
    March 4, 2021 at 11:02 am
    Any of you calling him a camp body or back up or injury prone clearly have not watched the Vikings. This guy is as good as Hunter and was the clear replacement for Griffin. It will be awesome to have him back and starting, and you will all eat your words.

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    I watch almost every snap of every Vikings game. To say he’s as good as Hunter is just plain wrong and stupid. Clearly you watch the games with your purple tinted sunglasses. Hunter is All-Pro caliber. Weatherly is good, not All-Pro or even Probowl material.

  10. Must mean that Everson, despite his pleas and goofy social media posts (or because of them), won’t be signed. Interesting how so many defenders want to come back after playing elsewhere, which says a lot about Andre Patterson. Weatherly is okay, but nothing special, which is reflected in his contract value. And contrary to the usual ignorant cheeser disinfo, he’s not injury-prone — with the Vikings he averaged 16 games per season in his last 4 years with the team.

  11. freefromwhatyouare says:
    March 4, 2021 at 9:29 am
    Stephen Weatherly has 6 sacks in 5 seasons. He also is very injury prone.

    Carolina dumped him for a reason.😌
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    It’s not true at all that he’s injury prone. He had played 55 out of 56 games in the last 4 years prior to his injury and surgery that put him on IR for the last 7 games of last season. It is true that he’s nothing special as a pass rusher.

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