Vikings Sign Former Packers WR Ferguson

FergusonLooking to upgrade a rather lackluster wide out core, the Vikings on Tuesday signed former Packers WR Robert Ferguson to a deal.  Ferguson was let go by the Pack last week, and with signing with the Vikings right away becomes the most experienced receiver the team has.  He also talked to the Houston Texans, but instead will stay in the division with signing with Minnesota.  Bobby Wade was the teams vet until now the bringing on of Ferguson.  “It’s a good idea to take a look at Ferguson,” Wade said prior to the deal getting done. “He’s a developed receiver, he has played in some big games, he knows what it is like to compete. Especially when you have a young corps, the more of those guys you can have the better.”

Green Bay was looking to deal Ferguson, but could find no takers of his $1.8 million base salary.  He was in the fourth year of a five-year, $13 million contract.  Drafted by the Pack in the second round of 2001, he has missed 36 of a possible 96 regular-season games and was sidelined for 12 last season because of a foot sprain.  He had 116 receptions for 1,577 yards and 12 touchdowns in six seasons; he also had a 22.6-yard kickoff return average.

“We look at all eventualities and if a guy is on the street that we feel like has a chance to compete and make our team better, we don’t ever exclude that guy,” head coach Brad Childress said after a walkthrough practice when asked about his evaluation of the young receivers already on the team. “With that said, I think there are a number of those guys that have done a nice job, but it’s a dog-eat-dog, hand-to-hand competition at that wide receiver position.” To make room for Ferguson, the team placed offensive lineman Adam O’Connor on waived/injured.

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