Aldrick Robinson was a bright spot in the Minnesota Vikings offense in 2018 and the wide receiver is hoping to return to the team for the 2019 NFL season.
The Minnesota Vikings have two of the best wide receivers in the NFL as their starters, but past Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, the question of who will fill out the roster for the team during the 2019 NFL season has to be asked.
One of the success stories of 2018 for Minnesota was the signing of Aldrick Robinson. A speedy pass-catcher who has bounced around the league, Robinson seemed to find his place with the Vikings by making big plays and picking up third downs.
Robinson had five touchdowns in 2018, which is a career high. In 14 games played, he accumulated 17 catches for 230 yards and helped to stretch the field while making some big plays for the team.
He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but the Duluth News Tribune reports that he is hoping to come back to Minnesota for at least one more year.
"“I want to come back,” Robinson said. “I liked it here. I came in Week 3 and fit right in with these guys. That’s what will make my decision easy to come back if they want me back.”"
Odds are that Minnesota will want him back. However, with limited salary cap space left it could be difficult for the Vikings to bring him back if his asking price is more than the team feels they can afford.
Robinson’s mindset fits right in with the Vikings locker room as he feels the team has the potential to be a playoff caliber team but failed to reach the postseason and would love to get another shot.
"“We had high hopes of getting into the tournament. That didn’t happen. We were happy with the way we worked and the way we came to work every day. We just didn’t get the results we wanted.”"
If Minnesota does bring Aldrick Robinson back, he would immediately be the team’s third or fourth wide receiver on the depth chart, depending on what happens with former first-round draft selection Laquon Treadwell. However, it feels like even if Treadwell does remain the team’s third option at receiver, Robinson would still have a big role with the team if he returns.
The Minnesota Vikings would be wise to attempt to bring Aldrick Robinson back for at least one more season while they search for answers to the depth past Thielen and Diggs. His familiarity with Kirk Cousins and desire to stay with the team make him a good fit for a new contract.