Just when it looked like the Minnesota Vikings would be getting one of their best blocking tight ends back, the team announced he would be having surgery.
The Minnesota Vikings have a lot of talent at tight end. Not only do they have veteran pass-catcher Kyle Rudolph but rookie Irv Smith Jr. has had some flashes of brilliance in both the preseason and regular season. Plus, Tyler Conklin has filled in well when needed.
One tight end who hasn’t seen the field at all this season is David Morgan. The blocking specialist has been struggling with a knee injury and it appears as though he won’t be returning to the purple and gold in 2019.
According to the official Twitter account of the Minnesota Vikings, Morgan will be having surgery on his knee that will keep him from joining the team.
Not only is Morgan a blocking specialist, but he’s a sneaky receiver out of the backfield. Considering the Vikings have designed many plays that use multiple tight ends, getting Morgan back would have been a big boost to the offense. However, the team will need to rely on Rudolph and Smith to handle blocking duties.
Morgan is scheduled to become a free agent after this season, meaning that he may never suit up in a Vikings uniform ever again. The 26-year-old Marble Falls, TX native likely won’t be a top priority to re-sign with Minnesota considering their salary cap situation and depth at the position.
Still, it’s great that Morgan is getting the procedure done that he needs to get done. When healthy, he can be an important part of a team’s offense and the longevity of his career is the most important thing for him.
We at The Viking Age would like to wish David Morgan a full and speedy recovery following his surgery and hope that everything works out for him in the future, even if it isn’t with the Minnesota Vikings.