Minnesota Vikings: Assessing Their Wide Receiver Situation

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Minnesota Vikings: Assessing Their Wide Receiver Situation
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The Minnesota Vikings appear to be done making deals for a wide receiver. They signed free agent Michael Jenkins from Atlanta and have reportedly restructured Bernard Berrian's contract in order to reduce their payroll to meet a $120 million salary cap.

According to the Minnesota Vikings new release distributed this week, the team has a total of 12 wide receivers on the roster for training camp—13 if you include former wideout, and current quarterback, Joe Webb.

Minnesota fans have been hoping the Vikings would make a big move following the free-agent signing of Sidney Rice this week with Seattle. The names of Braylon Edwards and Malcom Floyd have been bandied about on local sports talk as potential free-agent targets, while at the same time urging the release of Berrian. The problem is the Vikings were over the salary cap and needed to find ways to reduce their projected payroll in 2011.

In order for the signing of Donovan McNabb to be successful, the Vikings wide receivers are going to have to contribute.

While it's a good plan to leverage the talents of Adrian Peterson as much as possible, without a competent set of receivers it will be difficult for the Vikings to climb out of the basement of the NFC North.

Here's a look, in numerical order, of the wide receivers set to open training camp in Mankato, and where they will end up when the Vikings open the 2011 season.

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