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Report: Jarius Wright Will Sign With Carolina Panthers

The receiver will not be returning to the Vikings after all

After being released by the Vikings on Friday, it only took three days for wide receiver Jarius Wright to find a new home.

According to Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer (per Jordan Rodrigue on Twitter), Wright reached an agreement with the Carolina Panthers on Monday.

Wright, 28, recorded his best seasons as a Viking under offensive coordinator Norv Turner. The two will be reunited in Carolina with Wright projected to be the slot receiver for quarterback Cam Newton.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Wright’s contract is for two years with a third-year option. He’ll receive a $2 million signing bonus and can make up to $3.5 million with incentives in year one.

Wright’s production diminished the last few seasons in Minnesota. A fourth-round pick of the 2012 draft, he recorded career-highs of 42 catches for 588 yards in 2014. He then caught 34 and 11 passes the next two seasons and recorded 18 receptions last year. Despite the dip in numbers, Wright was consistent target on third down. Of his 153 career receptions, 101 were for first downs.

Following the departure of Wright, the Vikings now have receivers Stefon Diggs (24), Adam Thielen (27), Laquon Treadwell (22), Stacy Coley (23), Cayleb Jones (24), and Brandon Zylstra (24) on the roster.

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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Robert Centofanti
2 years ago

I like Coley a lot, but I think we may need to add another vet, or draft another viable receiving threat. SKOL

2 years ago

The “Show More” button on this article isn’t working for me but it did on the “Bring the Eagles On” one.

Not surprised by this, what with the Norv Turner connection. Hopefully, Wright will get a lot more playing time and many more receptions.

Reply to  cka2nd
2 years ago

Nevermind. My browser was zoomed in. Sorry.