The Minnesota Vikings were able to win the NFC North division title last season with a Week 17 victory over the Green Bay Packers. They are hoping to repeat that success, but that won’t be easy. Rumors are still floating around about what the Vikings could do to improve their roster even more, and there is one player in particular who is being mentioned at this point in the offseason.
Russell Baxter of Bleacher Report opined that the Vikings could end up signing former Atlanta Falcons’ star wide receiver Roddy White to boost their offense.
White has had a rough past couple of seasons with the Falcons. He was used less and less each year, but no one can take away his prime years when he was one of the top receivers in the NFL. Minnesota would be signing White to be a supporting member of the offense rather than a focal point.
Last season with the Falcons, White ended up catching 43 passes for 506 yards and a touchdown. The majority of his career, White has been a 1,000-yard wide receiver, although those days could very well be behind him. He is still a capable receiver with great hands and the ability to run a route very well.
Teddy Bridgewater is one of the brightest young talents at the quarterback position in the NFL. He showed superstar potential throughout last season, but the Vikings know that they must give him more to work with if they want him to break out as a top quarterback in the league overall.
At 34-years-old, White would be an excellent veteran leader in the locker room for the young Vikings’ offense as well.
There are a few other teams that could look to sign White before the start of the season. Carolina is one team that could use some wide receiver help, as is the Chicago Bears.
Minnesota currently has Stefon Diggs, Charles Johnson, Laquon Treadwell, and Jarius Wright as their top receivers. Rookie Moritz Bohringer has a chance to step up in his first NFL season, but the Vikings cannot afford to hope that a rookie can be a different maker. White would immediately step in as the Vikings’ No. 4 or No. 3 wide receiver depending on how training camp and preseason action goes.
Looking ahead at the upcoming season, the Vikings’ offense has a chance to take a major leap forward.
Adrian Peterson will be back looking to prove once again that he is still the best running back in the NFL. He was a bit inconsistent at times last season but still had vintage Peterson games as well. Having that kind of threat on the ground will open up Bridgewater and the passing game.
If the Vikings want to beat teams like the Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, and Panthers, they have to bring in as much help for their aerial attack as possible. All of those teams have talented defensive backs who are more than capable of shutting down offenses.
Adding White may not end up being the piece that takes the Vikings to another division title, but he will certainly be a consistent presence whenever they need one.
Expect to see the Vikings continue being mentioned as a landing spot for White. It would be a deal that made sense for both sides, but there is no telling whether the two parties will make something happen.
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