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Former Viking Turned Down Reunion Opportunity After Recent Workout

Devon Platana
Former Minnesota Viking Dede Westbrook has turned down a reunion following a recent workout.
Former Minnesota Viking Dede Westbrook has turned down a reunion following a recent workout. / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings were looking to add wide receiver depth on Tuesday when they worked out with Dede Westbrook. The organization ended up being impressed enough to offer the former Viking a contract, but it didn't work out as planned.

In a surprising move, Westbrook decided not to accept his former team's offer, according to St. Paul Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson. It's believed that the 28-year-old could have other potential offers on the table, but it's still shocking not to see him accept the Vikings' offer at this point in free agency.

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It'd honestly be somewhat surprising if Westbrook did have other significant offers. He spent most of the 2021 NFL season catching punts for the Vikings, averaging 8.3 yards on 22 returns. He also caught 10 passes but didn't show much by turning that into 68 receiving yards without a touchdown.

The Vikings may still be interested in Westbrook as a returner, but they scratched their wideout itch by inking Albert Wilson to a one-year, $1.12 million contract after the former didn't accept his offer.

Although Wilson has only surpassed 500 receiving yards once in his career, he still brings 89 games and seven seasons of experience to the table. At worst he'll provide competition for the No. 4 WR spot heading into training camp.

Only time will tell if Westbrook hitting pause on contract negotiations with the Vikings is a mistake. If Wilson did indeed take his spot and none of his other offers materializes, he might have to try and make a team this summer on a tryout contract.

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