The Minnesota Vikings clearly need to add some talent at wide receiver this offseason, and no stone should be left unturned in that effort. Could a wide receiver that has recently become available be part of the solution?
In a move that everyone saw coming, the Detroit Lions officially waived wide receiver Titus Young on Monday. He showed some promise as a rookie after being selected in the second round (44th overall) in 2011, with 48 receptions for 607 yards and six touchdowns, but things started poorly in 2012 and he never quite got on track. From a fight with safety Louis Delmas during an offseason workout, to purposely lining up incorrectly during a game and finally having his season officially ended due to a knee injury, Young’s second NFL season was basically a disaster from the start.
In the true form of a modern mercurial athlete, Young recently took to Twitter to air some grievances. That clearly left the Lions with no choice but to cut ties, if there was even any doubt they were planning to get rid of him at some point. Young is also starting to look delusional, with Tuesday’s news he told his high school coach he is better than Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
Even with the clear attitude issues he brings, Young should draw some interest from other teams now that he is available. Most teams may simply stay away until he clears waivers, but there will certainly be at least one team that will focus on his talent above all else. Should the Vikings be among those teams?
The Vikings obviously have some familiarity with Young over the last two seasons, and his apparent inflated sense of self definitely does not make him unique among the league’s wide receivers. But head coach Leslie Frazier, who outwardly presents himself as a cool customer, reportedly had issues with wide receiver Percy Harvin this past season and Young’s baggage seems to be a level beyond Harvin’s. Harvin is also far more talented than Young and has a good track record of production, to say nothing of the fact Harvin’s on-field effort has never been questioned.
Adding Young to what largely looks like a harmonious locker room right now is a bad idea for the Vikings, and exactly what he would be able to contribute on the field is at best unclear. The best franchises in the league generally don’t take risks on players like Young, so that should be left to teams like the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.