6 candidates to be the Vikings No. 3 wide receiver in 2021

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Danny Amendola – Free Agent

Having a receiver who can go underneath using speed and acceleration to gain separation from defenders would be amazing. A player like that could open up shifty pass-catchers like Thielen and Jefferson to gain even more yardage after the catch by drawing defenders closer to the line of scrimmage.

Danny Amendola may not be the player he was when he entered the league in 2009, but when placed in a role where the focus will not be on him and he can use his natural talents to succeed, it makes sense to give him a try in the Minnesota Vikings offense.

The last two years have been good to Amendola in Detroit. In both those seasons, he had over 600 receiving yards and 30 first down catches despite only totaling one touchdown in those 29 games played.

If Danny Amendola could come anywhere near that kind of production in Minnesota, he would be a massive asset for the offense. Not only that, but he could bring more experience to a receiving group that features a lot of youth outside of Adam Thielen.

The only real question with Amendola is what it would cost to bring him to the Vikings. Last year, his contract with Detroit cost the Lions $5M but the longer he lasts in free agency could make that pricetag shrink to a more reasonable number.