Chad Beebe

Texans Waive WR DaeSean Hamilton, Sign WR Chad Beebe

DaeSean Hamilton‘s rough run of injury luck will result in a second team waiving him with an injury designation. The Texans jettisoned the former Broncos draft pick Wednesday, Field Yates of tweets.

To fill Hamilton’s spot, Houston is signing wideout Chad Beebe. The second-generation NFLer made some contributions for the 2020 Vikings, working as the team’s No. 3 wideout behind Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. But Beebe suffered a preseason injury and did not play last season.

This represents another tough break for Hamilton, who suffered a non-contact knee injury in practice this week. This injury is not an ACL tear, however, and it is not expected to sideline the Penn State product for the season. It will leave Hamilton without a job, though. Hamilton is attempting to come off a missed 2021 season. The young slot receiver suffered an ACL tear during the 2021 offseason, and the Broncos — who were on the verge of trading Hamilton to the 49ers — cut bait soon after. The Texans picked him up earlier this year.

If unclaimed, Hamilton will revert to the Texans’ IR list. An injury settlement, which would send the three-year veteran to free agency, could follow in that case. Beebe caught 20 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings two years ago. A foot injury sidelined him in 2021.

Beebe, 28, would represent a fringe candidate to make Houston’s roster as a backup while also posing as a practice squad candidate. The team may have more room on its Week 1 roster, however, with second-round pick John Metchie not expected to be ready from the ACL tear he suffered late in Alabama’s season. The Texans roster the likes of Chris Conley, 2021 third-rounder Nico Collins, Chris Moore and Phillip Dorsett as auxiliary options behind Brandin Cooks.

Vikings Cut Everson Griffen, Get Down To 53

Everson Griffen‘s reunion with the Vikings has already come to an end. The veteran defensive end was among the team’s cuts today.

Griffen spent his entire career with the Vikings up until 2020. Splitting time between the Cowboys and Lions, Griffen finished out with six sacks in total. Meanwhile, no Vikings edge rusher finished with more than five. His ten-year run with the Vikes saw four Pro Bowl appearances and 74.5 total sacks.

Running back Ameer Abdullah was among the other players to earn their walking papers today. The veteran spent the past two-plus seasons with the Vikings, collecting 313 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns on 55 carries.

The Vikings made the following moves to get down to 53 players:




Vikings To Re-Sign WR Chad Beebe

The Vikings have mostly made moves on defense so far, but their locking up one of their own offensive players now. Minnesota will re-sign Chad Beebe on a one-year deal, his agent Mike McCartney announced on Twitter.

It’s a veteran minimum deal worth just $920K, a source told Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune (Twitter link). We heard on Monday that the Vikings wouldn’t tender Beebe as a restricted free agent, as the lowest tender would’ve been worth a little over $2MM. Instead they were able to re-sign him for less than half of that.

Beebe had 20 catches 201 yards and two touchdowns in 2020, including a game-winning score with 46 seconds left against the Panthers. The Northern Illinois product signed with Minnesota as an UDFA in 2018, and also split punt return duties for them last season. 2020 was his first time making any significant contributions as a receiver.

Vikings Won’t Tender Chad Beebe

The Vikings will not extend a restricted free agency tender to wide receiver Chad Beebe, as Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press tweets. However, the Vikes are still interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate. 

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Minnesota could have tendered the former undrafted free agent at $2.133MM, but that wouldn’t have fetched them anything in the event of a signed offer sheet. Now, Beebe is unfettered and free to strike a handshake deal with any team during the legal tampering period.

Beebe had 20 catches 201 yards and two touchdowns in 2020, including a game-winner against the Panthers (to erase his earlier muffed punt). He’s not one of the Vikings’ leading receivers, but he would provide the team with consistency and depth. As it stands, they’re pretty thin at WR beyond Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson.

Meanwhile, the Vikings have some extra coin to work with after Anthony Barr agreed to restructure his deal.

Vikings Waive Josh Doctson

The Vikings have waived Josh Doctson, according to a team press release. To take his place on the roster, the club promoted linebacker Cameron Smith from the practice squad. 

Doctson, 26, hasn’t lived up to his 2016 first-round draft billing. He effectively lost his rookie season to injury and didn’t show much in his subsequent seasons with the Redskins. The Vikings gave him a shot this year, but he leaves Minnesota without recording a single reception.

It’s bad news for Doctson, but potentially excellent news when it comes to Adam Thielen‘s recovery. Thielen has been sidelined by a hamstring injury, but his return may be just around the corner. Unfortunately, the release of Doctson will not foreshadow the return of Chad Beebe. The wide receiver was nearing his potential return from injured reserve, but this week’s ankle surgery means that he will not be able to play again in 2019.

The Vikings are 8-3 following back-to-back wins over the Broncos and Cowboys. Next up – a Monday night showdown against the Seahawks.

Vikings Place WR Chad Beebe On IR

Minnesota’s Laquon Treadwell addition occurred after a Chad Beebe injury, and the Vikings will swap out reserve wide receivers on their active roster. The team placed Beebe on IR.

Beebe tore ankle ligaments on Sunday, and while a timetable is not fully known, the young wideout will be shelved for at least eight weeks. The Vikings have not planned a Beebe surgery, per’s Tom Pelissero (on Twitter).

The second-generation NFL wide receiver had been operating as Minnesota’s No. 3 wide receiver. Although the Vikings have been the NFL’s run-heaviest team through three games, Beebe did have a 61-yard catch-and-run in Week 2. However, he’s only been targeted twice this season.

The Vikings’ receiver depth chart now houses only Treadwell, whom the team cut before the regular season’s outset, and seventh-round rookie Olabisi Johnson.

Vikings Sign Laquon Treadwell

Laquon Treadwell has come back to where it all started. On Tuesday, the Vikings signed their former first-round pick to a new contract. 

The Vikings cut Treadwell in late August, bringing an unceremonious end to a run that started with tons of hype. The Vikings never got much out of Treadwell after selecting him with the No. 23 overall choice, but they’re willing to see what he can offer in the wake of Chad Beebe‘s injury.

Treadwell might not be destined for stardom, but he’s familiar enough with the Vikings’ offense to give them a reliable fourth receiver this weekend. Meanwhile, they’ll hope for the best with Beebe, who figures to be out for a while with torn ankle ligaments. Beebe serves as the Vikes’ No. 3 wide receiver and punt returner, so others will have to step up in his absence.

Vikings’ Laquon Treadwell On Trade Block

In three seasons, Laquon Treadwell has not come especially close to justifying his draft slot (No. 23 overall in 2016), and the Vikings predictably did not pick up the wideout’s fifth-year option in May. As training camp has progressed, Treadwell trade rumors persist.

Believed to be available during the draft, Treadwell is back on the trade block, Albert Breer of notes. Specifically, the emergence of second-year UDFA Chad Beebe has prompted the Vikings to make Treadwell available.

Despite Beebe catching just four passes as a rookie, he and former Broncos backup Jordan Taylor were listed ahead of Treadwell on Minnesota’s initial 2019 depth chart. Although neither Taylor nor Beebe is a sure bet to produce, their depth chart placement is obviously concerning for Treadwell’s 2019 prospects. The former Ole Miss talent has not been able to overcome the slow 40-yard dash time (4.63 seconds) he posted at his pro day, joining receivers Corey Coleman and Josh Doctson as underwhelming out of the 2016 first round. Treadwell finished 2018 with a career-high 35 catches but posted only an 8.6-yard average.

Of Treadwell’s $1.8MM base salary, $1.15MM is guaranteed. The Vikings have both starters, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, now making at least $14MM per year — the first NFL team to have two receivers in this salary bracket. Finding cheap auxiliary help for the veteran-heavy team will continue to be a goal. They just unloaded a fifth-round pick for Kaare Vedvik and perhaps would like to recoup that in a Treadwell trade. The Vikings would likely accept a Day 3 choice for the contract-year receiver, Breer adds.

Vikings WR Chad Beebe Could Miss Time

Vikings wideout Chad Beebe might miss some time. Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press tweets that the receiver could miss multiple games with a hamstring injury. Beebe suffered the injury during practice on Wednesday.

If the injury linger, Tomasson wonders if the Vikings would ultimately place the wideout on the injured reserve. If the team wanted some offensive reinforcement as soon as possible, the writer also suggests that the team could promote tight end Cole Hikutini from the practice squad.

Beebe, an undrafted rookie out of Northern Illinois, has already made a name for himself during his short stint with the Vikings. After going undrafted, he caught on with Minnesota, and he landed on the team’s practice squad following the preseason. He was promoted to the active roster earlier this month, and he’s hauled in four receptions for 39 yards. He also compiled a special teams tackle. If he misses any time, wideouts Brandon Zylstra or Aldrick Robinson could see more opportunities on offense.

Hikutini was an undrafted rookie out of Louisville in 2017. The 24-year-old appeared in four games with the 49ers last season, hauling in two receptions for 15 yards. The tight end signed with the Vikings practice squad in early September.

Vikings Promote WR Chad Beebe

With Stefon Diggs ailing, the Vikings have added some reinforcement at wide receiver. ESPN’s Courtney Cronin reports that Minnesota has promoted wideout Chad Beebe from the practice squad.

The undrafted rookie out of Northern Illinois joined the Vikings shortly after this past year’s draft. Beebe ended up having a standout preseason for the Vikings, hauling in nine catches for 95 yards and two scores. After being cut at the end of the preseason, the wideout joined the team’s practice squad, where he’s spent the entire campaign.

According to Cronin, Beebe has been praised by the coaching staff for his work on the practice squad. The 24-year-old provides a bit of a different look at wideout, as he contributed primarily as a slot receiver throughout his collegiate career. Beebe also saw some run as a punt returner throughout the preseason, but Cronin cautions that he’d only contribute to special teams on “an emergency basis.”

Diggs didn’t practice this week as he recovers from a rib injury. The wideout said he expects to play against the Lions tomorrow, but he was ultimately listed as questionable on the final injury report. While today’s move could solely be for insurance, it may also be a sign that Diggs won’t end up suiting up.

Even if Diggs does miss time, Beebe would likely slide in at the bottom of the Vikings depth chart behind Adam Thielen, Laquon Treadwell, Aldrick Robinson, and Brandon Zylstra.