A Minnesota Vikings draft selection from 2017 has already retired

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 31: Rodney Adams /

Picked in the fifth round by the Minnesota Vikings last year, wide receiver Rodney Adams has apparently retired from the NFL.

After the Minnesota Vikings selected him in the fifth round of last year’s NFL Draft, there was some hope that wide receiver Rodney Adams could turn into a productive player for the team in the near future.

During his time at UCF, Adams was a threat as both a receiver and as a ball carrier out of the backfield. In his final two college seasons, he scored a total of 21 touchdowns (14 receiving, six rushing, and one on a kick return).

When it came time for the Vikings to make their final preseason cuts last year, Adams was actually one of the team’s final 53 players to make the roster. However, he was a healthy scratch for most of the 2017 season and was only active for one game.

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Minnesota waived Adams midway through the year and then signed him to their practice squad, where he remained for the rest of the season and the playoffs.

Since players are still able to be signed elsewhere when on the practice squad, the Indianapolis Colts swooped in and snatched the young wide receiver away from the Vikings back in February. Although his time in Minnesota didn’t go as planned, Adams was given another chance by the Colts.

But that chance seems to have already come to an end. Indianapolis announced on Monday that the team has moved the receiver to their reserve/retired list.

So at 23-years-old, it looks like Adams is already calling it a career in the NFL.

No details were given for why the receiver was placed on the list. Perhaps it could be due to an injury or maybe he just doesn’t want to play football anymore at this time in his life.

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Adams is the second Vikings 2017 draft pick to no longer be on the team’s roster. Tight end Bucky Hodges (selected in the sixth round) was waived a day after Minnesota’s first game last season.