Vincent Jackson was the former San Diego Chargers receiver a lot of fans wanted to see in Minnesota. Bryan Walters? He was a lot farther down the list. But Jackson signed with Tampa Bay and on Monday the Vikings got Walters. Terms of Walters’ contract haven’t been disclosed yet but I’m going to go out on a limb and say he probably got a lot less money than V-Jax. Just a guess.
Walters played his college ball at Cornell and was signed by San Diego as an undrafted free agent. He made some waves during camp in 2011 and ended up making the team, but saw limited action on the field, catching only 3 balls for 27 yards. He did also see duty as a punt returner. He’s a slot type receiver so don’t look for him to provide that elusive deep threat. My guess is that he’ll mainly be in the mix as a return man. The Vikings wanted to bring in Ted Ginn to return punts and kickoffs but he elected to return to San Francisco. The Vikes have made it clear they want to limit Percy Harvin’s action in the return game, so there’s a spot open for Walters or whoever can return kicks.