Two potential trades for the Vikings are suggested by ESPN before the deadline.

Two potential trades for the Vikings are suggested by ESPN before the deadline.

 

Are the Vikings planning to make an intra-division trade for a second year in a row?

The knives are out for the 2023 Vikings after a 1-4 start and Justin Jefferson’s injury, which is expected to last for some time.
The Vikings have been the subject of numerous trade rumors and proposals over the past week, and ESPN’s Bill Barnwell has added two more.

The Vikings would send a game-changing edge rusher to Detroit in this scenario, the first of two trade scenarios from Barnwell, just a year after receiving a game-changing tight end from Detroit.

Edge rusher James Houston, a 2024 second-round pick, and a 2025 third-round pick would be acquired by the Vikings from the Lions in trade for Barnwell, along with Danielle Hunter and a 2024 fourth-round pick.

With six sacks through five games, Hunter is second in the league, but he is also in the final year of his contract. The pass rusher, 29, has accumulated 77 sacks over the course of his career and has demonstrated he still has a few productive years left after injuries limited him to just seven games in 2020 and 2021.
Because Hunter doesn’t have a long-term contract, the Vikings can easily trade him.

From a Vikings perspective, pairing Hunter with Aiden Hutchinson long-term seems less than ideal, but getting Houston back in exchange would seem to mitigate some of that impact.
After being selected by Detroit in the sixth round of the draft, Houston totaled eight sacks in his rookie season.
After being sidelined in week two with a fractured right ankle, the 24-year-old’s second season hasn’t gone well.

Hunter is still one of the most sought-after players on the trade market 18 days before the trade deadline despite being in the prime of his career.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have “all sorts of interest,” according to KSTP’s Darren Wolfson, in the Vikings pass rusher.

In the second proposed deal by Barnwell, Jordan Hicks would be traded to the Bills in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2024.

On a young Vikings defense that has occasionally displayed its youth this season, Hicks has been one of the few seasoned players.
Due to Matt Milano’s season-ending injury, the Bills are now searching for a seasoned veteran to play in the middle of their defense.

According to Barnwell, “the 31-year-old Hicks has bounced around the league while starting for the Eagles, Cardinals, and Vikings, giving him experience in a range of systems.
Even though he cannot compete with Milano in coverage, the Bills will need him to be a reliable tackler and effective run defender as the season draws to a close in order to win games against AFC East opponents.

The Vikings could evaluate the potential of a middle-linebacker combination consisting of rookie-UDFA Ivan Pace Jr. if they release Hicks. and what third-round pick Brian Asamoah II in 2022 would appear to be.

 

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