Although there has been speculation that Bobby Wade’s roster spot with the Vikings might be in jeopardy that almost certainly isn’t the case.
That’s because, according to people with knowledge of the situation, the veteran wide receiver has agreed to restructure the five-year, $15 million contract he signed in March 2007. Instead of earning $3 million this season, Wade is believed to have come to an agreement to make somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.5 million in 2009.
Wade has led the Vikings in receptions each of the past two seasons but his primary role as the Vikings’ slot receiver is going to be impacted in a big way by the arrival of rookie Percy Harvin. It’s very possible that if Wade had refused to rework his contract he could have been let go on Saturday as the Vikings cut their roster to the regular-season limit of 53 players.
Wade, entering his seventh season, provides a veteran presence among a mostly young group of receivers that stands to include Bernard Berrian (sixth year), Sidney Rice (third year), Harvin, Jaymar Johnson (first year) and Darius Reynaud (second year). Wade likely will find himself lining up outside this season far more than he did in his first two years with the Vikings.
Wade also provides insurance in case anything happens to Harvin. Harvin is a dynamic offensive talent but one concern about him coming out of college was his ability to stay healthy.