Big-Name WRs Mentioned for Vikings’ WR3 Spot

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Right now, the Minnesota Vikings may have the best wide receiver tandem across the National Football League. Justin Jefferson is the gold standard at the position, and Jordan Addison has emerged as a solid second. What they do with the third wideout position remains to be seen, but a big name could work.

Big-Name WRs Mentioned for Vikings’ WR3 Spot

Of course, the in-house battle to focus on is between Brandon Powell and Jalen Nailor. If Kevin O’Connell is going to stand pat with how his roster currently sits, those two are the pair of rostered wideouts that will fight for reps outside of the top pairing. It’s conceivable that Powell could settle in and work, and Nailor could stay healthy and put it together.

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It’s also entirely plausible that relying on either of those options, especially without T.J. Hockenson, would often leave Sam Darnold or J.J. McCarthy searching for options. So, what if the Vikings swing a trade?

Minnesota Vikings beat writer Alec Lewis from The Athletic suggested it may be possible that someone like Amari Cooper, Chris Godwin, or Robert Woods may fit the bill. He said, “Amari Cooper, Chris Godwin, Robert Woods and Noah Brown. These receivers all have one quality in common. In 2025, each is destined for free agency. All four might be accessible for that reason. But they would come at different costs. And the Vikings have already mortgaged plenty of their future draft capital. They are in line for compensatory picks in 2025, but otherwise, Minnesota only has a first-rounder and a fifth-rounder.”

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Expecting the Browns or Bucs to move Cooper or Godwin seems like something of a pipe dream. Both teams have eyes on competing in 2024, and removing a talented wide receiver wouldn’t help that goal. Woods and Brown play for the Houston Texans, though, and there are already too many mouths for C.J. Stroud to feed. That’s even before Stefon Diggs starts to chirp.

If the Vikings could find a way to utilize a late-round pick for someone like Woods or Brown, they would have to feel like the offensive come-up represented a pretty solid get.

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Woods has been the number one, and Brown has shown plenty of production at the highest level. Pushing Powell and Nailor down a notch with someone more established only gives the Vikings’ offense a more well-rounded chance to compete.

Ted Schwerzler is a blogger from the Twin Cities that is focused on all things Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings. He’s active on Twitter and writes weekly for Twins Daily. As a former college athlete and avid sports fan, covering our pro teams with a passion has always seemed like such a natural outlet.