4 remaining free agents who have connections to the Vikings

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Demaryius Thomas – WR

Connection to Vikings: Gary Kubiak

Adam Thielen will be turning 30 in August and he’s easily the oldest wide receiver on Minnesota’s current roster. After Thielen, the Vikings’ group of receivers is full of rookies and guys who have very little starting experience.

Minnesota did add former Tennessee Titans pass-catcher Tajae Sharpe this offseason, but there’s a chance he might not even make the final 2020 roster.

If the Vikings are looking to sign another veteran receiver before the start of training camp this summer, Demaryius Thomas could be someone they take a look at.

Thomas has been in the NFL since 2010 and during his career, he’s finished with at least 90 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season five times. During the mid-2010s with the Denver Broncos, he was one of the most productive receivers in the entire league.

Current Minnesota offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is someone who is very familiar with Thomas and his abilities. The two worked together in 2015 and 2016 when Kubiak was the Broncos head coach and the receiver finished with at least 80 catches, 940 yards, and five touchdowns in both seasons with the current Vikings offensive coordinator.

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Thomas is now 32-years-old and after only catching 36 passes for 433 yards and one score in 11 games with the New York Jets last season, his time in the NFL appears to be reaching the end. If he’s looking for one more opportunity though, Minnesota could be the place for him.