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Vikings’ Cordarrelle Patterson Named to AP All-Pro Team

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and kick return extraordinaire Cordarrelle Patterson has been named to the Associated Press (AP) NFL All-Pro Team. Patterson is the only Vikings representative on the list and his inclusion on this year’s team is his second since entering the league in 2013.

Patterson averaged an NFL-best 31.7 yards per kick return this season, finishing the year with four returns for at least 40 yards and a lone, 104-yard touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11. His ranking among returners helped Patterson set a record, as he’s the only player in NFL history to lead the league in kickoff return average three times (2013, 2015, 2016).

Each year, a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the NFL vote for the All-Pro team; a collection of the league’s best players at each position. Patterson was last on the team after his rookie season in 2013, when he averaged 34.2 yards per kick return and scored two touchdowns.

The timing of Patterson’s honor couldn’t be better for the fourth-year pro, who is set to become a free agent this offseason and will likely demand a lucrative new contract. The Vikings did not exercise Patterson’s fifth-year option in May and instead used those designations on Xavier Rhodes and Sharrif Floyd.

If the Vikings had, in fact, picked up Patterson’s fifth-year this past offseason, they’d owe the former Tennessee Volunteer $7.9 million in 2017. Given his resurgence as a receiver — 52 catches, 453 yards, two touchdowns — in Pat Shurmur’s new-look offense, Patterson will likely demand that money from another wide receiver-needy team in free agency.

But the Vikings, who just drafted Laquon Treadwell and enjoyed near 1,000-yard seasons from Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, aren’t in a disadvantageous negotiating position with Patterson. If general manager Rick Spielman wasn’t willing to pay Patterson nearly $8 million per year before the season, it’s hard to imagine he’ll sign the receiver to Tavon Austin money, as Matt Vensel suggested he’ll demand in March.

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Austin Belisle

Austin Belisle is the West Coast's biggest Vikings fan, a football diehard cheering on the purple and yellow from sunny California. After graduating from San Jose State University in 2014, he began working full-time in corporate marketing and blogging on various sports websites. Austin's passion for the Vikings led him to Vikings Territory, where he hopes to share his lifelong enthusiasm for the team with readers on a daily basis. You can follow him on Twitter @austincbelisle

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  1. The physical presence brought as a gunner was a welcomed surprise, and that play down the right side last week notwithstanding, And do we really want to do any horse trading with Bellicheck? Don’t understand this LIMITED ROUTE TREE tag a few years later now, its okay if you drafted a project in the later rounds, but at as a first rounder . . . not so much. Why can’t the Vikings get their 1st round WR’s on the field like normal teams? Like to see us adopt Patriots’ model and spend early picks on the lines and D.

    1. Me too, Matt. It’s perplexing, but I think a lot had to do with Norv Turner’s inability to adapt to his talent. Shurmur did a little more of that, but the timing of Patterson’s free agency doesn’t help his cause with the Vikings and staying in Minnesota. I’d like to see Spielman target an OL/ DT/RB in the second round this year.

  2. Honestly, the most I’d pay Patterson is about $7.2 million/year, the sum of the average annual salary for Jarius Wright ($3.7) and the Giants’ KR/WR Dwayne Harris ($3.5), and I wouldn’t be at all shocked if some other team is willing to pay him considerably more. Load the contract with receiving incentives but don’t pay him as if he is, or will ever be, a true WR1 or WR2.

      1. Totally agree, cka2nd. I think another team’s going to spend a lot more on Patterson, a price Spielman wouldn’t be wise to match. I’d load Thielen with a legitimate contract and disperse assets elsewhere. To me, it becomes a choice between Thielen and Patterson, and to me, the decision should be obvious.


        1. I like cka’s math. Very possible some desperate team would pay more than that. But then again, maybe not for a bona fide star special teams player but very questionable at WR. Still 3rd WR in terms of catches though. Signing Adam long term is much more important in my opinion, but I would still like to see Cord stay. I would be more likely to feel comfortable with his departure if Treadwell had shown to be worth a 1st round pick.

          1. I’d like to see Patterson stay, too, but one reason I’d load his contract with receiving incentives is because (a) Shurmer might be able to make better use of him than Turner could, and (b) with the ideal coordinator, Patterson might develop into a WR1 or WR2, but the odds are against it. Re-uniting with Musgrave in Oakland might be the ideal situation for Patterson except I think they’re already loaded at wide receiver.

            Austin, Thielen is a restricted free agent, so cool your jets and let’s see if he’s more than a one-season wonder.

            1. Jets cooled, cka2nd. I just think at this point, one team is going to value Patterson at a price the Vikings won’t match. Now, if Thielen hadn’t been so successful in ’16, that may be different. I’m rooting for Patterson, wherever he ends up.

    1. Yikes! That price seems steep. If that’s what it would cost, I think it would be wise to just move on as much as I like Patterson.

        1. Seems about right, I think. I’d have to go and look at some recent WR deals.