Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Cordarrelle Patterson signs deal with Raiders

Cordarrelle Patterson signs deal with Raiders

Cordarrelle Patterson's up-and-down Vikings tenure is over.

Late Monday night, the Oakland Raiders signed Cordarrelle Patterson to a 2 year deal with the option to be voided down to a 1 year deal.

The conundrum facing the Vikings and the other 31 teams in free agency was whether Patterson was going to be paid to be a return man or to be a legitimate passing threat in the offense. He earned All-Pro honors as a kick returner, leading the National Football League in return average for the third time in four years. "I feel like that's my best in the game right there, so I want to go and help on special teams as much as I can and get this receiver stuff down pat".

This comes after it looked like Patterson might want to return to the Vikings.

As for how they will all come together under new offensive coordinator Todd Downing, Roberts added: "All I've got to say is you've got to trust the process". Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman was talking about the two players they had drafted with the 23rd and 25th picks - Sharrif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes - when one of his assistants waved him off the podium.

Patterson also had told the Pioneer Press last December about his desire to return.

Patterson posted a series of messages on his Snapchat account, which we'll sum up thusly: "All I am hearing is stay w/Vikings".

Patterson had a mere two catches in 2015.

He caught 52 passes (a career-high) for 452 yards, reaching the end zone twice.

Patterson showed off against the Raiders in a November 15, 2015 game at Oakland, returning a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. He also has a incredible 30.4 yards per return average for his career.

With Patterson leaving, the Vikings now have Stefon Diggs and Laquon Treadwell, with Adam Thielen still not signed.

Terms of the contract were not released.

Patterson will be behind wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree on Oakland's depth chart but still could play a role in a Derek Carr-led offense that averaged the second-most yards per game in the AFC last season.

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