According to the team’s official Twitter account, the Vikings have released wide receiver Jarius Wright.
We have released WR Jarius Wright.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 16, 2018
Wright, 28, had two years left on his contract. He was due to make $4.76 million in 2018 and 2019. Releasing him saves the team $2.64 million in cap space and will create $2.12 million in dead money.
A fourth-round draft pick of the 2012 draft, Wright saw his targets and production diminish over the last couple seasons. He recorded career-highs of 42 catches for 588 yards in 2014, but then caught 34, 11, and 18 passes the last three seasons.
Of Wright’s 153 receptions, 101 have been for first downs.
The Vikings have receivers Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Laquon Treadwell, Stacy Coley, Cayleb Jones, and Brandon Zylstra on the roster.
According to NFL insider Adam Caplan, the Vikings may look to bring back Wright at a more reasonable cap number.
They may pursue bringing him back at a lower salary+cap number. No one else on roster ready to take his spot. https://t.co/FxT5JDVIg3
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 17, 2018