Report: Kendall Wright, Vikings Agree to Contract as Minnesota Bolsters WR Corps

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2018

Chicago Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright (13) runs from Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) after making a reception during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
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Quarterback Kirk Cousins is reportedly getting a new target in the passing game. 

On Friday, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported the Minnesota Vikings agreed to a deal with wide receiver Kendall Wright. The Baylor product spent the first five seasons of his career with the Tennessee Titans and played the 2017 campaign on the Chicago Bears.

Wright entered the league as a first-round pick in 2012 and wasted little time making an impact for the Titans with 64 catches for 626 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. He followed up with a career-best 94 catches for 1,079 yards and two touchdowns in his second year and a solid 715 receiving yards and six touchdowns the following year.

While he struggled to stay on the field in 2015 and 2016, missing a combined 11 games, he led the Bears with 614 receiving yards in 2017 on a team that frequently relied on the rushing attack and a safe passing game with rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Wright is still just 28 years old and familiar with the NFC North after playing the 2017 campaign in the Windy City.

Minnesota has plenty of weapons around Cousins now with Wright joining a wide receiver group that already includes Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Running back Dalvin Cook also figures to benefit if opposing defenses are forced to shift additional attention toward stopping the aerial attack with so many playmakers at receiver.

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