Minnesota Vikings Have Serious Evaluating to do at Wide Receiver

By Andrew Fisher
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One thing is clear when it comes to the Minnesota Vikings, their current group of wide receivers isn’t getting the job done. It was a glaring weakness all season long in 2012, especially when Percy Harvin went down with an ankle injury.

In my mind, this is the area of the team with the most uncertainty, and the unit that needs to improve the most in 2013. The Vikings are not going to make a playoff run with their current group of receivers, it’s that simple.

So who should stay, and who should go?

Devin Aromashodu and Jerome Simpson are both free agents and there’s a solid chance both will not return. Simpson has the best chance of re-signing, but he’s clearly not a No. 2 like the team once thought, he’s more like a No. 4. That’s of course if he wants to stay in Minnesota.

Additionally, veteran Michael Jenkins will be going into the final year of his contract that’s worth $3.1 million. I think Jenkins stays, as he’s proven to be a reliable target for Christian Ponder. Plus, you can never overstate the importance of veteran leadership on the team. Jenkins is the most likely to stay, simply because he’s still under contract and there’s no way both Aromashodu and Simpson re-sign.

The Vikings have a solid young player with Jarius Wright and his role will only increase in 2013. Also don’t forget that Greg Childs is still under contract, and will be attempting a comeback after patellar tendon tears in both of his knees.

The biggest question of course concerns Harvin and if he’ll be re-upped or traded. One or the other will happen.

So when you look at the entire landscape of receivers in Minnesota, it’s clear to me that at least two of these players will not be back. It’s too soon to tell who which players will be sent packing, but I just don’t see a scenario where everyone returns. That’s a good thing for the franchise.

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