Vikings decline fifth-year option for WR Laquon Treadwell
Treadwell will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 season. The deadline for NFL teams to decide on fifth-year options for 2016 first-round picks is May 3.
Selected 23rd overall out of Mississippi, Treadwell has not lived up to the first-round expectations. Over three seasons with the Vikings, he’s caught 56 passes for 517 yards and one touchdown while hauling in just 61.5% of the balls thrown his way.
His spot on the 2019 roster isn’t a for sure thing, either. The Vikings signed former Denver receiver Jordan Taylor, and practice-squad players like Brandon Zylstra and Chad Beebe will compete for a roster spot, as well.
Minnesota was active at the position in last week’s draft. The Vikings brought in Oregon’s Dillon Mitchell and Colorado State’s Olabisi Johnson, both seventh-round picks. Additionally, Minnesota selected Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. in the second round, a 6-foot-4 pass-catcher that can line up anywhere on the field.
Treadwell is set to make $3.16 million in 2019. The Vikings would save $654,770 if they cut Treadwell this summer with $2.51 million in dead money.