Bralon Addison

Former Duck Bralon Addison signs future contract with the Minnesota Vikings

Former Duck Bralon Addison signs future contract with the Minnesota Vikings

What do you and Vikings general manager Rick Spielman have in common?

You're both fans of the Oregon Ducks, apparently.

Days after signing Tony Brooks-James and Dillon Mitchell to future contracts for the 2020-2021 NFL season, the Vikings have also signed another former Duck: wide receiver Bralon Addison.

Farhan Lalji of TSN reports that the wideout turned down similar offers from the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns. 

At Oregon, Addison caught 146 passes for 1,937 yards and 20 touchdowns. Following his junior season, he declared for the NFL Draft, but did not hear his name called. He received a camp invitation from Denver, but was later cut. He eventually worked his way from the Bears' practice squad to the active roster where he recorded his only career reception before being waived.

Then the Missouri City, Texas native went north to the Canadian Football League where he groomed into a CFL All-Star for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats this past season recording 95 receptions for 1,236 yards and seven touchdowns.

Addison's former teammate, Kenjon Barner, took to Twitter to congratulate his fellow Duck.   

Stay tuned for the next Duck to sign with the Vikings, which seems inevitable.

Former Oregon football star receiver Bralon Addison's advice to current Duck Bryan Addison

Former Oregon football star receiver Bralon Addison's advice to current Duck Bryan Addison

Redshirt freshman receiver Bryan Addison has become a key contributor, with tremendous upside, in Oregon’s offense in 2019. In a prime opportunity, Bryan Addison could heed some advice from former Duck football wide receiver, Bralon Addison.

Bryan Addison’s lengthy 6-foot-5 frame, athleticism, and ball skills make him a potential Duck star. “Potential” can often become a dirty word in football when a top 100 recruit is embossed with lofty expectations to quickly transition to the college pace to make an impact. That is not the case with Addison.

With Dillon Mitchell’s departure for the NFL, Oregon searched for its next leading receiver and Addison’s talent remained largely under the radar. That is, until the receiving corps got hit with a nasty injury bug before the season began that sidelined five scholarship receivers.

With a concerning lack of depth, Addison’s name was called, his reps were ramped up and he has delivered with increasing production week after week.

“(Addison) has got a really good skillset,” Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo said. “He’s a long body, he’s fast off the line of scrimmage, he can catch a ball, he’s rangy, has run after catch, he’s tough.”

The Ducks’ passing offense is the most efficient (187.01) in the Pac-12 Conference and ranks sixth in the nation. The Ducks are thriving, minus some of their most veteran and talented receivers, with much thanks to production from Addison, Johnny Johnson III, Jaylon Redd and Jacob Breeland.

After redshirting in 2018, Addison (2) joins Breeland (3) and Johnson III (3) as the top three Ducks with 20 or more yard receptions. Addison’s career-high 58 yards and first Duck touchdown against Nevada came after a drop in the end zone during Oregon’s lone loss to Auburn. Addison didn’t let the drop define him and has become a reliable target for quarterback Justin Herbert. In Oregon’s win over Stanford, Addison caught four passes.

“He’s confident now,” Johnson III said. “He can go out there, jump high and catch the ball but he also has sneaky speed. People don’t realize that he can run. He’s a vertical threat and I think he’s doing a great job.”

Now that two of Oregon’s offensive weapons (Brenden Schooler and Mycah Pittman) are cleared and ready to play, where does that leave Addison? The added depth will bolster a rotation in games that should keep the group fresher and faster for longer.

With likely less, but more meaningful reps, Addison must continue to seize his opportunity and transition into the Duck star his talents set himself up for.  

Speaking of great Oregon receivers, Bryan Addison and former Oregon receiver Bralon Addison are not brothers, cousins or related in any way.

The 6-foot-5 redshirt freshman Bryan stands seven inches taller than Bralon , who is thriving in the Canadian Football League. The two athletes have never met in person and embody different skillsets, but Bralon has advice for Bryan.

“I would give Bryan the advice to stay grounded, keep grinding, don’t worry about outside influences and things you can’t control,” Bralon Addison said. “Maximize every opportunity and everything will work it self out!”

Bryan’s potential has impressed Bralon, who led the Ducks in 2015 with 63 receptions for 804 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for two touchdowns and returned a punt for a touchdown in addition to passing for a touchdown. 

Bralon’s versatility and ability to play wideout, in the slot and at wildcat quarterback recently earned him Top Performer of September in the CFL. Playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Bralon is currently third in receiving in the league, already surpassing 1,000 receiving yards.

Talk about making the most of an opportunity, the Addison’s are in a prime one.