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WR Rodney Adams Signs Futures Deal with Colts

The 2017 fifth-round pick is no longer a Viking.

Minnesota Vikings 2017 fifth-round pick Rodney Adams is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

As a rookie out of South Florida, Adams was seen as a multi-faceted athlete that could replace All-Pro kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson. However, fumble issues in the preseason doomed his opportunity to handle kick return duties. The 23 year-old ultimately lost the job to running back Jerick McKinnon. Still, the wide receiver made the Vikings 53-man roster out of training camp.

Adams remained on the 53-man roster until Week 9. Adams was waived on October 31st when the Vikings claimed RB Mack Brown. He was signed to the practice squad soon after his release and remained there the rest of the season. Adams was active for one game this season (Week 8 vs. Browns) but did not see any game action.

The departure of Adams leaves the Vikings with receivers Adam ThielenStefon DiggsJarius WrightLaquon TreadwellStacy Coley, Cayleb Jobes (futures deal), and Brandon Zylstra (futures deal) under contract for 2018.

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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 previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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  1. I hate seeing our draft picks get poached. That said, Adams probably would’ve been buried on depth chart or practice squad, considering our depth. It will be interesting to follow his career from here though.

    1. Very true. The Colts don’t have much for depth at WR so he has a pretty solid chance of making the team this year, with Andrew Luck (possibly) throwing to him.

  2. Even with the questions swirling around the WR3 position – Has Wright re-secured his claim on it? Is Treadwell a bust? Should we bother re-signing Floyd? – it didn’t look like Adams had a chance to climb the depth chart at wide receiver. And if he couldn’t look forward to getting a second chance at kick returner, even with “Jet” McKinnon likely to leave via free agency, it makes total sense for Adams to try possibly greener pastures. Best of luck to him!

    And yes, we should try to re-sign Floyd. Plenty of other veterans have had forgettable first years in the Purple and Gold and then stepped up (Shiancoe, Munnerlyn and Lamur to name just three), and Floyd arguably has more upside than any other option we either have on the roster or could get at the price he can demand after such a year and with NFL sanctions hanging over him for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Heck, the same incentive-heavy deal we had with him this year should do the trick.

    1. You make a good point with veterans having forgettable first year. That could work in the Vikings favor when it comes to negotiating a contract. However, with Wright, Treadwell, Coley, Jones and Zylstra the team has options at WR3. That’ll limit Floyd’s chances of getting any guaranteed money this time around.

      1. Coley, Jones and Zylstra are competing for WR5 or WR6, maybe WR4, and only by a miracle for WR3, so Floyd should still get minimal, if not the league-minimum, guaranteed coin. Unless Treadwell can take a great leap forward in 2018 – comparable to Shamar Stephen’s jump from PFF scores in the mid-40’s for three years to the mid-70’s this year – Wright’s the only sure competition for WR3, and his ceiling is just lower than Floyd’s.

        1. I still have faith in Treadwell, especially after that one-handed snag against the Packers. Would love to see the new OC get him more targets