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Vikings Notebook: First-round pick Treadwell signs four-year deal

Minnesota Vikings first-round pick Laquon Treadwell signed a four-year deal Thursday, completing contract negotiations for the franchise with its entire draft class.

Minnesota Vikings first-round pick Laquon Treadwell signed a four-year deal Thursday, completing contract negotiations for the franchise with its entire draft class.

Treadwell, the 23rd overall pick, was the No. 1 wide receiver in the 2016 NFL Draft according to NFLDraftScout.com, which ranked the 6-2, 220-pound junior ahead of Baylor’s Corey Coleman and TCU’s Josh Doctson. Coleman was drafted 15th by the Cleveland Browns and Doctson went No. 22 to the Washington Redskins. A third receiver, Notre Dame speedster Will Fuller, was selected 21st overall by the Houston Texans.

A three-year starter, Treadwell played inside and outside in the Ole Miss offense. He recovered from a gruesome leg injury that some thought could be career-threatening as a sophomore and had his best season in 2015 with 82 receptions for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns to earn All-SEC notice.

In offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s offense, big receivers are a bonus, and Treadwell has the endorsement of one of Turner’s former pupils, Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.

“He’s going to do great things with Norv,” said Irvin, who compared Treadwell to current Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant.

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Treadwell is the physical prototype of a No. 1 receiver and after Mike Wallace was released by the Vikings in March, Minnesota will give Treadwell a chance to show he’s a lead receiver. The biggest knock on him coming out of Ole Miss was straight-line speed, much as it was with Bryant. Treadwell ran 4.63, 4.65 at his pro day. He was also endorsed by former Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter, who ran a 4.63 coming out of Ohio State.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman attended that workout in Oxford, Miss.

“What he’s going to bring to the offense, just the large catching radius, he’s very physical,” Spielman said. “Maybe the best run blocker I’ve seen in years coming out, but also can make big-time catches with his large hands and catching radius. Great kid. Very humble. Very driven.”

Spielman said any questions about physical ability should have been solved for scouts who watched him dominate top competition in the SEC.

Super Bowl in 2018 to be played Feb. 4 in Vikings’ new stadium

Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis will be played Feb. 4, 2018 at brand new U.S. Bank Stadium.

Roman numbers are back in Super Bowl logos after the league celebrated the anniversary of the game in 2016 with Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif.

The 2017 Super Bowl, LI, will be played in February at Houston’s NRG Stadium. The game was last there in 2004, when the Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 34-31 on a last-second Adam Vinatieri field goal.

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“Super Bowl LII is our opportunity to showcase Minnesota to the world; all that life in the Bold North has to offer, and our incredible hospitality,” said Maureen Hooley Bausch, CEO of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee. “While our bold new stadium plays host to the biggest event of the year, our community will host thousands of members of the media and more than a million visitors throughout the 10 days of festivities leading up to the Big Game.”

When the game ends in Houston next year, Minnesota’s host city will be present at the game to begin “52 weeks of activities” counting down to LII.

Minneapolis hosted the Super Bowl in 1992. The Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Other “cold weather sites,” including Detroit, Indianapolis and New Jersey have hosted Super Bowls since 2006 at Ford Field. Like the Lions’ home stadium, the Vikings’ new venue is enclosed.

 

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