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Vikings Re-Signing WR/PR Brandon Powell on One-Year Deal

Powell played well in his role in 2023, posting career numbers in Justin Jefferson's absence.
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The Vikings are re-signing wide receiver and punt returner Brandon Powell on a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 5'8" Powell, who turns 29 in September, played well in his role last year. He posted the best numbers of his career while helping the Vikings survive Justin Jefferson's injury absence.

Powell beat out Jalen Reagor last offseason for the Vikings' punt return job and ended up having a bigger role on offense than anticipated. He averaged a modest 7.8 yards per punt return and set new personal highs with 29 catches for 324 yards.

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Called upon when Justin Jefferson got hurt, Powell had multiple receptions in all but one game from Week 5 to Week 12. He had over 30 receiving yards in five of those eight games, including 64 in Minnesota's win over the 49ers. Powell's presence was important as the Vikings navigated life without Jefferson — and then without Kirk Cousins, too. His biggest play of the year was catching the game-winning touchdown pass from Josh Dobbs in Atlanta.

Powell, 28, went undrafted out of Florida in 2018. The 5'8" receiver played for the Lions and Falcons and spent time with the Bills and Dolphins before landing with Kevin O'Connell and the Rams in 2021, returning a punt for a touchdown against the Vikings that season. After a solid 2022 as a returner and gadget player for the Rams, he signed with Minnesota.

Retaining Powell is a solid move for the Vikings, who stand to lose K.J. Osborn in free agency this year. Powell should remain their punt returner while having a role in a wide receiver room that features Jefferson, Jordan Addison, and Jalen Nailor.

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