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Minnesota Vikings Sign Receiver Michael Jenkins to Help Replace Sidney Rice

Michael Jenkins, the latest addition to the Vikings receiving corp., provides a big target for new QB Donovan McNabb
Michael Jenkins, the latest addition to the Vikings receiving corp., provides a big target for new QB Donovan McNabbJ. Meric/Getty Images
Devin RubinkContributor IJuly 30, 2011

The Minnesota Vikings have signed veteran wide receiver Michael Jenkins, who was cut by the Atlanta Falcons last week. The terms of the deal were undisclosed, other than the fact that its for three years.

The signing comes just days after the team lost a bidding war with Seattle to retain free-agent Sidney Rice. At 6'4'', 215 lbs, Jenkins makes up for the size the Vikings lost with Rice's departure, but can he make up for the big-play ability?

Rice had a Pro Bowl season in 2009, catching 83 passes, but has missed games due to injury in every other season since the team drafted him in 2007. In the end, it wasn't worth the price to pay Rice such big money when he could potentially be an injury liability.

Jenkins is coming off an injury-shortened season in which he was on pace for a career-high in receptions. He may not be one the big names on the market, but he does seem very consistent.

Jenkins had at least 50 receptions per season from 2007-09 and ended up with 43 through 11 games last season. Jenkins' signing also made sense considering he spent time working with new Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave while he was the quarterbacks coach in Atlanta.

Jenkins is the type of receiver the Vikings needed to sign. With Bernard Berrian as a speedy downfield threat and the explosive Percy Harvin, the team needed a big body who can be a vertical threat and come down with jump balls for new quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Along with the signing of Devin Aromashadu, who can be a serviceable fourth receiver, and a pair of great pass-catching tight ends in Visanthe Shiancoe and rookie Kyle Rudolph, McNabb seems to have a full arsenal for the Vikings passing game.

Since being drafted late in the 2004 draft, Jenkins has caught 276 passes for 3,512 yards and 20 touchdowns in 103 career games.

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