Former University of Tennessee standout receiver Cordarrelle Patterson signed a four-year deal with Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.
.@ceeflahpee84 is all smiles as he signs his first contract as a Viking. pic.twitter.com/OXxRYePPAE
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) July 25, 2013
Terms of the contract were not immediately known.
Patterson, a native of Rock Hill, SC, was drafted by the Vikings with the 29th pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.
The former Vol was one of three players draft by the Vikings in the first round and all three signed today (Florida State defensive back Xavier Rhodes and Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd are the other two).
Patterson played only one year at Tennessee, as a JuCo transfer.
During his one season with the Vols he made quite an impact. Patterson set the school record for all-purpose yards with 1,858 yards, which also led the SEC.
In addition to his contributions in the return game, Patterson also contributed 778 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns on 46 receptions.
Much like the player that he will be tasked with replacing in Minnesota (Percy Harvin), Patterson can also line up in the backfield. He rushed for 308 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries.
Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has said that Patterson will be given the opportunity to start alongside Greg Jennings this season.
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