Trading for Mike Wallace in 2015
With their eyes set on making the playoffs in Mike Zimmer’s second season with the team, the Vikings attempted to add some more explosiveness to their offense during the 2015 offseason.
Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman got on the phone with the Miami Dolphins and made a deal that resulted in the Vikings acquiring speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace and a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for a fifth-round pick.
Wallace was unable to find a fit in Minnesota’s rushing-centric offense and he ended up getting upstaged by a rookie wide receiver in 2015 named Stefon Diggs.
The 2015 season ended up being Wallace’s only year with the Vikings and he finished his tenure in purple with 39 catches for 473 yards (12.1 average) and two touchdowns in 16 appearances.
Drafting Laquon Treadwell in 2016
Despite the emergence of Diggs in 2015, Spielman still felt it was best for Minnesota to use their first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on former Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.
As a rookie, Treadwell delivered a historically bad season as he had just one catch for 15 yards during his entire first year with the Vikings.
He ended up remaining with Minnesota for four seasons, all of them very underwhelming. Treadwell finished his tenure with the Vikings with 65 catches for 701 yards and two touchdowns.