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Vikings To Sign Wide Receiver Not Named Vincent Jackson

September 22, 2010

The Vikings are expected to sign wide receiver Hank Baskett on Wednesday. It’s not the signing Vikings fans were hoping for, but Baskett’s knowledge of the West Coast Offense should allow him to contribute almost immediately.

Baskett was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings in 2006. His time with the Vikings was cut short when he was traded to Philadelphia for wide receiver Billy McMullen before the 2006 season began. Neither player has made a lasting impact in the NFL. In his career, Baskett has 76 receptions for 1,080 yards and six touchdowns.

Baskett will bring his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame to a Vikings receiving corps that is sorely lacking in height. The tallest receivers for the Vikings are currently Greg Camarillo and Bernard Berrian who are both listed as 6-foot-1.

Speaking of the Vikings receiving corps, the team needed to add a receiver this week due to Percy Harvin’s ailing hip. With Harvin’s status unclear for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, the Vikings were left with 3 healthy receivers: Greg Camarillo, Bernard Berrian, and Greg Lewis.

While Brett Favre will certainly appreciate a 6-foot-4 receiver to throw to, I doubt Favre was wishing for a player better known for his wife’s exploits than his receiving skills.

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