How Plausible Are Bleacher Report’s Vikings Trade Ideas?

Rick Spielman
Jun 11, 2019; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman after practice at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Trade chatter, quite often, makes for interesting reading. Over at Bleacher Report, there was a recent article that put forth a handful of trade ideas (feel free to hop over to VT to see what Dustin thinks of these possibilities). Two of the five pertain to our Minnesota Vikings.

Now, I’ll say from the outset that I don’t think either one happens in the end. However, what do I know? If I truly knew NFL rosters, trade values, and the salary cap, I’d be working for a team rather than merely writing about them. Take my perspective with a grain of salt as you form your own opinion.

That said, the trade ideas. First, they suggest that SF make a move for Cameron Dantzler:

San Francisco 49ers receive: CB Cameron Dantzler

Minnesota Vikings receive: 2022 fourth-round draft pick

The Vikings shouldn’t be in any rush to move on from their sophomore corner. Has he hit a rough patch? Without question. I’d be really surprised, though, if that means Minnesota will be willing to move on. Not too long ago, I suggested that purple fans should avoid getting overly disappointed with Dantzler’s struggles: “Playing corner in the NFL isn’t easy. The corner’s mistakes are supremely easy to see, even for the untrained eye. Dantzler has hit a rough patch, but it doesn’t need to be a damning moment for his career. He’s still only 23-years-old. He has the chance to learn a ton from Peterson and Breeland. If he can overcome this adversity, he’ll go on to be a far better player as a result. Corners need to be mentally tough; it’s difficult to go back out there and cover the WR who just roasted you for a long TD. Building resilience will serve him well in the future.”

Unless SF (or another team) offers a massive amount, I expect Minnesota to keep Dantzler.

Second, BR suggests that Minnesota makes a move for Dallas Goedert, a TE with the Philadelphia Eagles:

Minnesota Vikings receive: TE Dallas Goedert

Philadelphia Eagles receive: 2022 third-round draft pick

This one seems more plausible, at least to my small football mind. The team really likes Tyler Conklin, but we could definitely use help at TE.

Minnesota is clearly going for it in 2021 given that they made several notable moves in free agency. When Irv Smith went down, they made a deal for Chris Herndon to give the offense another weapon. Adding Goedert would certainly make the offense more difficult to contain.

My hesitancy is with the price.

Would Spielman really move on from one of his coveted draft picks after already moving one for Herndon? We may get our answer in the next couple weeks. If Herndon can contribute, the Vikings will look elsewhere for improvement. If Herndon struggles, though, perhaps the team makes a move.

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