“It seems entirely likely to me that the Vikings will ignore the tight end position in free agency…”
Well, it appears my free agency previews are off to a stellar start.
News broke on Wednesday afternoon that the Vikings claimed recently waived tight end Brandon Bostick, formerly of the Green Bay Packers. Bostick will be best remembered in Cheese Land as that guy that mishandled the onside kick that allowed the Seattle Seahawks to make their incredible comeback in the NFC Championship Game.
Bostick is a tight end and wide out hybrid (6′ 3″ – 245 pounds) that only managed nine catches in two seasons with the Packers. On those nine catches he gained 123 yards and scored two touchdowns. The Vikings will inherit the third and final year of Bostick’s rookie contract where he is slated to make $585,000, according to Spotrac.
Packers fans can joke all they want about the Vikings picking up trash left at the curb outside of Lambeau, but they’ve all been just as intrigued as anybody about Bostick’s potential since he came into the league. That upside could still come to fruition and there is very little for the Vikings to lose in making this move.
Bostick received death threats following his playoff gaffe, and it is worth noting that Vikings wide out Greg Jennings was one of the first to jump out there and offer some support.
Keep your head up, young brother. The best is still yet to come! @Bostick11
— Greg Jennings (@GregJennings) January 19, 2015
Bostick will now compete with Chase Ford and Rhett Ellison for a job on the active roster and that will likely be an uphill battle.