Minnesota officially declined the fifth-year option on Treadwell's contract Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The option would've paid Treadwell a $10.2 million salary in 2020, but the first-round bust won't be seeing a lick of it now that he's set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year. The Ole Miss product has produced just 56 receptions for 517 yards and one score in three seasons since entering the league in 2016. Chad Beebe (hamstring) may have an opportunity to challenge Treadwell for the No. 3 spot at wide receiver.
He'll be a free agent after this season as a result. The 2016 first-round pick has been a disappointment with just 56 receptions for 517 yards and one touchdown in three seasons. He could see a reduced role this season if the Vikings utilize more two-tight end sets with the acquisition of tight end Irv Smith Jr. in the second round of the 2019 draft.
Treadwell finishes up the season with 35 catches for 302 yards and one touchdown -- all career highs. The former 2016 first-round pick hasn't come close to living up to his draft capital, but it's somewhat encouraging that Treadwell managed to slightly improve in 2018 -- though it shouldn't be forgotten that the 23-year-old's lack of production led to Aldrick Robinson and Chad Beebe passing him on the depth chart. With one more year left on his rookie contract, Treadwell will remain a developmental project for the Vikings in 2019.
Treadwell (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Detroit.
Treadwell has been given every opportunity to establish a foothold behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs in the Vikings' receiving corps. Since the team's Week 10 bye, though, Treadwell managed just seven catches (on 12 targets) for 42 yards and no touchdowns across five games, spurring coach Mike Zimmer to roll with Aldrick Robinson and Chad Beebe (who is returning from a four-game absence) behind the top duo.
Treadwell failed to catch his lone target during Sunday's 41-17 win over the Dolphins.
Week 15 wasn't too kind to Treadwell, as he finished without a reception for the first time in 2018. Granted, Kirk Cousins only completed 14 passes, but depth receiver Aldrick Robinson was able to finish with two catches for 44 yards and score despite playing seven fewer snaps than Treadwell. The third-year wideout will look to bounce back against the Lions on Sunday.
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