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Vikings Agree to Terms with WR Chad Beebe


EAGAN, Minn. — Chad Beebe is staying in Minnesota.

The Vikings announced Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with the wide receiver and punt returner. He has been with the team for the past three seasons.

Beebe's return adds extra depth to the Vikings wide receivers and also gives the team versatile options on special teams.

The former undrafted free agent battled a series of injuries over his first two seasons, tallying just six catches for 109 yards in six games.

But he stayed healthy in 2020, as he played in 14 games and recorded 20 catches for 201 yards and two touchdowns.

The scores were his first NFL touchdowns, and also helped lead to a pair of Vikings victories.

His first professional touchdown occurred with just 50 seconds remaining against the Panthers. After muffing a punt return earlier in the game, Beebe bounced back with the 10-yard touchdown that lifted Minnesota over Carolina for the win.

Beebe's second touchdown came in Week 17 on a wild play to end the first half. With just 11 seconds left, he caught a 40-yard score by tiptoeing down the sideline, staying in bounds and sprinting into the end zone. The score helped the Vikings beat the Lions and end the 2020 season with a win.

The 26-year-old provides depth behind the likes of Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson and is familiar with Minnesota's offensive scheme.

The 5-foot-10, 183-pound Beebe could also be in the mix as a punt returner in 2020. He has 16 punt returns for 88 yards (5.5 yards per return) over the past two seasons, with a long of 15 yards that occurred in 2020.

Beebe played a career-high 314 offensive snaps in 2020, which equated to 29 percent of Minnesota's total snaps on offense. He was also on the field for 45 snaps on special teams.

Beebe's father, Don, played nine seasons in the NFL with the Bills, Panthers and Packers from 1989-1997.