Thompson is being held out of mandatory minicamp Tuesday due to injuries to his Achilles and shoulder, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Thompson signed a one-year deal with the Vikings this offseason after having a career-best year in 2017. Given that the Cowboys are fairly light on depth at wide receiver, chances are any injury won't affect Thompson's roster standing for the upcoming season, but he does have a real opportunity to carve out a legitimate role in the passing game with an impressive offseason. It's unclear, however, how serious these injuries are at this time and how long Thompson will be out for.
The 29-year-old set career highs in 2017, logging 38 catches and 555 receiving yards, while adding a pair of TDs over the course of 16 games (five with the Bears and 11 with the Bills). Dallas is a decent landing spot for Thompson, given that Cowboys are looking to re-tool their wideout corps, which for now is headed by Dez Bryant and also includes Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley. In addition to providing his new team with needed depth at the position following the expected departure of Brice Butler, the speedy Thompson can also contribute as a kick returner.
Thompson, an unrestricted free agent, has drawn interest from the Bills, Broncos and Cowboys, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
The speedy 29-year-old enjoyed a career year in 2017, catching 38 of 69 targets for 555 yards (8.0 per target) and two touchdowns in 16 games for the Bears and Bills. Thompson may find a shot to compete for a No. 3 receiver job, but he's more likely to settle for No. 4/5 slotting and a potential role as a kickoff return man. A reunion with the Bills would provide the easiest path to a major role on offense.
Thompson (shoulder) brought in two of six targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 10-3 AFC wild-card loss to the Jaguars.
Thompson's yardage total -- albeit very modest -- served as the second-highest on the team during an afternoon where both passing games were largely stuck in neutral for the majority of four quarters. The veteran wideout was also the target on Nathan Peterman's season-ending interception. A pickup ahead of Week 6 following his release by the Bears, the 28-year-old was afforded the most extensive playing time of his career and responded with personal bests in receptions (27), targets (51), and receiving yards (430) across 11 games in a Bills uniform. With the team's depth at the position relatively thin, Thompson could conceivably make a 2018 return to Buffalo.
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