Vikings Free Agency: Cordarrelle Patterson To The Raiders

The enigmatic wide receiver signed as a free agent Monday night with Oakland.

With Oakland's defense an Achilles Heel for this team much of last season, Patterson is not necessarily the player fans hoped to see come in for a sit down. I want to go somewhere and know that I can help on special teams.

Patterson is listed at WR, but has never really shown the ability to be great at the position and take over games. Yes, Patterson had some issues with consistency in Minnesota and fell out of favor.

But yes, the 6-feet-2, 216-pound Patterson, who is coming off a career-high 52 catches, for 453 yards and two touchdowns, was intrigued by the notion of the Raiders utilizing him more as a receiver.

His career in Minnesota saw him make two Pro Bowls in four years, but both were as a return specialist, not a first-round wide receiver. He has five kick returns for touchdowns, including one at Oakland in 2015.

Patterson had a base salary last season of $1.009 million. His kick returning skills should bolster a special teams unit that was in the middle of the pack last season, and, if he can figure out the trick-of-the-trade of running routes in the National Football League, then he may be one of the steals of free agency.

Want your voice heard? As a third or fourth receiver on his new team behind Pro Bowler Amari Cooper and the veteran Michael Crabtree, Patterson can find himself open in the slot or on shorter passing routes.

It stands to reason that, given Patterson's emergence as a pass catcher during the second half of last season and the proficiency with which Carr can sling the pigskin, the young man can emerge as a game-breaking receiver for the Raiders. He visited Washington and Chicago earlier this week.

There's nothing solid at the moment and the situation is very fluid, but it's something interesting that's definitely worth keeping an eye on.

  • Loretta Pittman