Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Vikings WR Patterson agrees to deal with Raiders

Vikings WR Patterson agrees to deal with Raiders

Patterson looked to be headed out of his visit without a contract on Monday night, but he returned to the facility and the two sides quickly hammered out a deal.

With Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie notably absent from this year's free agent derby thus far, any scrap of news is making news.

Patterson will be an instant upgrade over promising young running back Jalen Richard, who handled a majority of Oakland's kick and punt returns a year ago but will he find some field time next to Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper?

"He knows what I bring to the table, but he also knows that I've grown as a player since then", he said.

"Things I'm good at, they're going to keep continuing to do that". And while he has yet to find his footing on offense, he's excelled on special teams.

In the passing game, Patterson could give Derek Carr another weapon to use. And the wide receiver took to social media Saturday evening to lobby for a return to the Minnesota Vikings.

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His career in Minnesota saw him make two Pro Bowls in four years, but both were as a return specialist, not a first-round wide receiver.

Where he will be counted on is for kickoff returns; the Raiders haven't had a return for a touchdown since Jacoby Ford did it in 2011.

That said, Patterson said over the weekend that he hoped to stay in Minnesota, even after visiting the Redskins and Bears.

Especially with Raiders fans, who rode him mercilessly the day he scored against them at the Oakland Coliseum, now welcoming him with open arms.

Ironically, Raiders cornerback David Amerson getting roasted by Patterson multiple times during his FBS debut is still noted in Patterson's National Football League scouting profile to this day.

"Man, since I joined the team, it seemed like 30 seconds and like my phone was blowing up on Twitter and Instagram with all the Raiders fans, 'Glad to have you, ' 'Welcome to the black side, ' and everything".

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