The Oakland Raiders signed former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson on Monday.
Patterson, drafted 29th by Minnesota in 2013, had not developed into the polished pass-catcher the Vikings hoped for when they traded four draft picks to the New England Patriots to move up to make the selection, but he has carved out a niche as one of the NFL's better return men.
The 25-year-old has averaged 30.4 yards per kickoff return in his career and was selected to his second Pro Bowl in 2016.
He also turned in a career-high 52 receptions for 453 yards and two touchdowns to renew his stock as a receiver.
Patterson has led the NFL in kickoff return average in three of four seasons.
Oakland, who already boast a pair of 1,000-yard wide receivers, have long struggled in that department, ranking 20th in the NFL in kick return average last season.
In fact, the last time the Raiders returned a kickoff return for a touchdown was 2011.