Former Vikings draft bust signs with his seventh NFL team

Baltimore Ravens WR Laquon Treadwell
Baltimore Ravens WR Laquon Treadwell / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has been given another chance to continue his NFL career after signing with the Baltimore Ravens.

After he was selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell struggled to live up to the high expectations that came with being a top draft pick. Treadwell eventually parted with the Vikings in 2020, and on Monday, he reportedly agreed to sign with the Baltimore Ravens, his sixth different team since leaving Minnesota.

Since his last season with the Vikings in 2019, Treadwell has had stints with the New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, and now the Ravens.

Former Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell given another shot in the NFL by the Baltimore Ravens

In Baltimore, Treadwell will be joining an offense that is, obviously, led by quarterback Lamar Jackson, in addition to a group of wide receivers that includes Odell Beckham Jr., rookie Zay Flowers, Rashod Bateman, Nelson Agholor, and Devin Duvernay.

Given the guys ahead of him on the Ravens' depth chart, it's likely going to be very difficult for Treadwell to make the team's final 2023 roster. But stranger things have happened, and perhaps he will end up being able to fill in nicely for a receiver or two that goes down with an injury later this year.

During his four seasons with Minnesota, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Treadwell caught a total of just 65 passes for 701 yards and two touchdowns in 53 appearances. Since he became a free agent in the 2020 offseason, he's accumulated a total of 45 catches for 525 yards and three scores in 23 appearances.

Treadwell will turn 28-years-old later this month, and even though his time in the NFL hasn't gone the way he had probably hoped it would back when he was drafted in 2016, he still hasn't given up on his dream of playing football for a living. He at least deserves a pat on the back for that.