As the Vikings draw closer to April 16, when they can officially welcome Kirk Cousins into their new practice facility for the start of offseason workouts, they continue to explore the possibility of putting more talent around their new quarterback.
According to an NFL source, the team is hosting wide receiver Kendall Wright on a free agent visit. Wright, who caught 59 passes for 614 yards a year ago for the Bears, would provide the Vikings another complement to Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
The 5-10 Wright played mostly slot receiver for Chicago, starting four games in 2017. Before that, he played from 2012 to 2016 with Tennessee, where his best season came in 2013, when he caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards in his second year in the NFL.
Wright, 28, visited the Chiefs last week. If he were to sign with the Vikings, he would help fill the opening in the team’s offense created when the Vikings decided to release Jarius Wright earlier this month.
The Vikings continue to hope for growth from third-year receiver Laquon Treadwell, who caught 20 passes a year ago and started seven games after his one-catch rookie season in 2016. Treadwell, though, has worked mostly as an outside receiver, whereas Kendall Wright could play the slot in packages where the Vikings want to keep both Thielen and Diggs on the outside.
Tennessee selected Wright with the 20th overall pick in the 2012 draft, after he led the Big 12 with 1,663 receiving yards as Robert Griffin III’s top target at Baylor.
The Vikings also announced Thursday they had officially re-signed punt returner Marcus Sherels for a ninth season with the team. They also added a linebacker to their roster who could help on special teams and provide depth at the position.
Reshard Cliett, a sixth-round pick of the Texans in 2015 who has spent time with six teams over the past three seasons, signed with the Vikings. The University of South Florida product could give the Vikings another option at weak-side linebacker, after backup Emmanuel Lamur left for the Raiders.
The 6-foot-2 Cliett ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and flashed a 38½-inch vertical jump at his pro day before the draft. After Houston released him before the 2016 season, he spent time on practice squads with the Broncos, Jets and Cardinals.