NFL notebook: Treadwell signs with Falcons

Another former Viking may find himself on another team as Seattle is considering signing DE Griffen

Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (11) makes a catch during a Dec. 8, 2019 game against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports)

EAGAN, Minn. - Once again, Laquon Treadwell is leaving Minnesota.

A source said Sunday, March 22, that Treadwell, a wide receiver taken by the Vikings in the first round of the 2016 draft, will sign as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons.

Treadwell was waived at the end of the 2019 preseason by the Vikings after three disappointing seasons. He was re-signed entering Week 3, and was on the roster the remainder of the season.

After being taken with the No. 23 overall pick, Treadwell had just one catch as a rookie in 2016. He did improve to 20 receptions in 2017 and 35 in 2018 before being waived.

Treadwell last season played in 13 games and had nine catches for 184 yards and 20.4 average and a touchdown. His highlight was a 58-yard touchdown reception at Seattle on Monday Night Football in Week 13.


Treadwell was inactive in Minnesota’s 26-20 win at New Orleans in a wild-card playoff game before getting in for three snaps and not being targeted in a 27-10 loss at San Francisco in the divisional round. Overall, in four Vikings seasons he had 65 catches for 701 yards and two touchdowns.

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  • The Seattle Seahawks are awaiting an answer from free agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney on their reported contract offer but reportedly are thinking about Plan B.

As he mulls the offer, the News Tribune reported that the Seahawks are considering Everson Griffen, a four-time Pro Bowl defensive end who spent 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

  • The New England Patriots reportedly are not considering Andy Dalton in the wake of the departure of franchise quarterback Tom Brady, The Athletic's Jeff Howe reported Saturday.

Dalton's name was trendy among potential replacements for Brady, who signed a two-year contract with Tampa Bay this week. The Patriots are left with just Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler as quarterbacks on their roster.
Dalton is entering the final season of a six-year, $96 million extension with the Bengals. Per Spotrac, he is owed $17.5 million in 2020 base salary.

  • Running back Kenyan Drake officially accepted his tender offer from the Arizona Cardinals.

Arizona had applied the transition tag on Monday to the 26-year-old Drake, who is set to earn approximately $8.5 million in 2020. Drake rushed for 643 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games with Arizona.

  • Former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston said farewell to the Buccaneers, a day after Brady signed on to become the franchise's new quarterback.

"It's been a great 5 seasons as a Buccaneer. All love and respect, I love Tampa and I look forward to seeing y'all again in February," Winston wrote on Twitter. Tampa will host Super Bowl LV in February, and the Bucs brought in Brady in hopes he'll get them to the big game.

  • The Indianapolis Colts officially announced the signing of 16-year veteran quarterback Philip Rivers. Terms of the deal were not released, but multiple reports peg it as a one-year, $25 million pact.

Rivers, 38, spent all 16 of his pro seasons with the Chargers, where he worked with current Colts head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni from 2013-15. Rivers said he considered retirement but felt he could still play at a high level.

  • Wide receiver Nelson Agholor is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, multiple outlets reported.

Financial terms were not disclosed for Agholor, who spent five seasons with Philadelphia. The Raiders also reportedly added offensive lineman Eric Kush, tight end Nick O'Leary and running back Rod Smith.


  • Free agent linebacker Jatavis Brown and safety Will Parks agreed to one-year contracts with the Eagles, the team announced.

Brown, 26, spent his first four NFL seasons with the Chargers -- one in San Diego, three in Los Angeles. Parks, 25, spent the past four seasons with the Denver Broncos.

  • Free agent cornerback Artie Burns, a former first-round pick, agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, ESPN reported.

Burns was made the No. 25 overall draft pick in 2016 by the Pittsburgh Steelers but didn't live up to the billing in his four seasons with the club.

  • The New York Jets continued their offensive line overhaul, reportedly adding guard Greg Van Roten and guard/center Josh Andrews.

The team also announced it released cornerback Darryl Roberts, saving the Jets $6 million one year removed from him signing a three-year, $18 million contract extension.

  • The Colts announced the release of cornerback Pierre Desir, with the team set to save $6.85 million in salary-cap space, per multiple reports.

One year ago, Desir signed a three-year, $22.5 million extension, and he started 11 games last season, finishing with a career-high three interceptions.

  • The Washington Redskins officially announced the signings of cornerback Kendall Fuller and guard Wes Schweitzer.

Fuller, 25, reportedly received a four-year, $40 million deal. He spent his first two seasons with the Redskins before being traded to Kansas City in March 2018.
Schweitzer, 26, reportedly received a three-year, $13.5 million deal.

  • The NFL sent an update to the NFL Players Association on its response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Pro Football Talk.

The memo recapped how the league has responded to the COVID-19 outbreak, including plans to hold the draft without fans present, postponing offseason team activities (OTAs), closing team facilities to players and banning interaction of players and team staff except for ongoing rehab programs.

  • The Chicago Bears are donating $250,000 to relief efforts in the Chicago area in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The donation will go to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, a collaboration with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago.

  • Adrian Peterson celebrated his 35th birthday by gifting $100,000 to Houston-area residents who are struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Adrian & Ashley Peterson Family Foundation pledged the funds to "further aid and support senior citizens and students. We encourage everyone who is capable to pay it forward and help those in this critical time of need."
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