The Vikings have announced via their Twitter account that Chad Beebe has in fact agreed to a new contract. He will come back to Minnesota in 2021 on what is very likely a team-friendly deal. In order to keep him from hitting free agency, the Vikings would have had to offer the 26-year-old $2.133 million. Details have not been released as of yet on how much he will make in 2021. Clearly, though, the Vikings didn’t want to offer him that much as he was allowed to enter the market.
Beebe joined the team in 2018 as an undrafted free agent, and while he has certainly outperformed that status, he is not quite the ideal WR3 for this team. That showed at times last season. In games against great defenses such as Tampa Bay, he was unable to step up when Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson were largely held in check. In that particular game, he was targeted just three times and held without a catch.
That is certainly not what you want out of a team’s third-best wide receiver, so I would expect (hope) the Vikings are not done in this department. Whether that means the rumored coming home party for Larry Fitzgerald, or a flyer on a player in the draft, the Vikings should continue to address this position.
All that said, Beebe certainly had his moments in 2020. The biggest that comes to mind is the game-winning touchdown against Carolina. Of course, that touchdown was only necessary because he muffed a punt just minutes earlier.
PFF would agree that Beebe’s performance in 2020 was very average at best. He graded out at 57.4 by their metrics. For reference, the Buccaneers’ wide receiver with the third-most targets was Antonio Brown. He graded 85.8. Just a bit higher, yeah?
Even the Green Bay Packers, whose fans have constantly complained that they have not given Aaron Rodgers enough help, had a much better WR3 in 2020. Allen Lazard caught 33 of his 46 targets for 451 yards and three touchdowns. PFF also gave him a grade of 71.7.
Overall, if the Vikings want to keep Beebe for consistency’s sake and to keep Cousins familiar with his targets, this is a fine signing for under $2 million. That said, Minnesota should not be content with keeping Beebe as WR3. The best teams in the league have consistently had multiple targets that can make a big impact on a game, and Beebe simply has not proven that thus far into his career.