Vikings Rumors about Popular WR Might Be Willy Nilly

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) stands by between drills during training camp practice at the Paul Brown Stadium practice field in downtown Cincinnati on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Cincinnati Bengals Camp. © Sam Greene via Imagn Content Services, LLC.

If you’re a Minnesota Vikings fan who does not believe in Brandon Powell as a prospective WR3 in 2024, well, the team might need an upgrade.

Vikings Rumors about Popular WR Might Be Willy Nilly

And earlier this week, some whispers suggested former Cincinnati Bengals wideout Tyler Boyd could be on his way to Minnesota after the veteran has marinated on the free-agent wire for about seven weeks.

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Vikings Central tweeted Monday, two days after the draft, “Sources: Vikings and free agent WR Tyler Boyd have mutual interest and negotiations are ongoing. Minnesota didn’t select a pass catcher in the draft and are looking to add a reliable weapon to go along with Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison.”

While Boyd to Minnesota could, in theory, come to fruition, the rumor mill might’ve got the mutual interest part wrong. KSTP’s Darren Wolfson, a plugged-in and respected Vikings insider, hinted Boyd isn’t necessarily on his way to the Twin Cities.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tweeted Wednesday, “Free agent wide receiver Tyler Boyd was in Los Angeles this week to meet with the Chargers and will also head to the Titans later this week, per source, Market should heat up for Boyd, who has 513 catches for 6,000 yards over eight seasons in Cincinnati.”

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Meanwhile, some more Titans-themed voices tweeted Thursday that Boyd’s would-be deal in Tennessee is close to done. Tommy R. Callahan III posted on X, “Tyler Boyd is expected to reach an agreement with the Tennessee Titans, per source. Boyd’s projected contract is 2 year/$15.8M. Tennessee will have nearly 23M remaining in cap space, top 10 across the NFL.”

Earlier this week, VikingsTerritory’s sources could not corroborate the team’s interest in Boyd, so the apparent Titans connection isn’t all the surprising. The man is a top WR3 candidate in the NFL’s marketplace, along with men like Hunter Renfrow and DJ Chark.

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Regarding Minnesota’s WR3 situation, on the whole, these are Minnesota’s 14 — yes, 14 — wideouts on the depth chart:

WR1: Justin Jefferson
WR2: Jordan Addison
WR3: Brandon Powell
WR4: Trent Sherfield
WR5: Jalen Nailor
WR6: Lucky Jackson
WR7: Malik Knowles
WR8: Thayer Thomas
WR9: Daylen Baldwin
WR10: Trishton Jackson
WR11: N’Keal Harry
WR12: Ty James
WR13: Jeshaun Jones
WR14: Devron Harper

Quantity obviously isn’t a problem, but that spot separating Jefferson and Addison from the bottom 12 is a little suspect. Adding a Boyd, Renfrow, or Chark would make sense.

Other available free-agent WRs include Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Allen Robinson, Russell Gage, Zay Jones, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

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Minnesota has about $17 million in cap space at the moment before signing its rookie class.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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