4 Minnesota Vikings who deserve to be back in 2024 and 4 that do not

Minnesota Vikings receiver K.J. Osborn
Minnesota Vikings receiver K.J. Osborn / David Berding/GettyImages
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Doesn't Deserve To Be Back: K.J. Osborn - WR

KJ Osborn was a player that many had pegged as a breakout candidate in 2023.

Not that he hasn't already made a name for himself, but this was a guy that many figured could hold off rookie Jordan Addison and be this team's number-two option all season long.

He is in a contract year, so it was assumed that he'd ball out and look to make himself some serious money in the free-agent market.

Osborn hasn't had the season many expected of him. He's caught just 46 balls for 531 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games.

He hasn't been able to fend off Addison, and when Justin Jefferson was out, it was the rookie and tight end T.J. Hockenson who emerged as the top targets and not the receiver who was entering a money year.

While the stat line is disappointing, what is even more depressing are the drops. Osborn has had a plethora of balls sneak through his mitts.

The usually surehanded pass catcher has had some key drops that have set the Vikings offense back, and have been especially crucial in the games helmed by a backup when yards and points have been hard to come by.

It was assumed by a few that Osborn would play his way out of the Vikings pocketbook this year.

That hasn't happened but now a new question comes up. Does Minnesota even want him back?

The lack of production and drops make the case that he doesn't deserve it, but maybe that lowers his price tag and is the thing that keeps him with the team moving forward.