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Minnesota Vikings Offseason: Trade Rumors are buzzing

Minnesota Vikings Offseason: Trade Rumors are buzzing

There are many things in question when it comes to the Minnesota Vikings 2020 offseason. Is Diggs leaving? Is Everson Griffen leaving? Are they able to keep Waynes? What about Linval Joseph? Those are just a few of the questions. Minnesota has a cap space problem and are looking to make room which will see some of our loved, and not so loved players leaving this offseason. That is the NFL. Now I think Minnesota has some great plans for the offseason and they have already made some good moves by repositioning Gary Kubiak to Offensive Coordinator and now the hire of Dom Capers as the defensive assistant. Let’s get into it!

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Let’s start with star wide receiver Stefon Diggs! Most notable for his role in the Minneapolis Miracle, where he scored a 61-yard touchdown pass as time expired to win a Playoff game vs the Saints. Not Only did Diggs put his name down in Vikings History, but also NFL History with that play. Diggs has been a big impact player for the Vikings. Since being drafted in the 5th round of the 2015 draft, he has had 365 receptions, 4,623 yards, and 30 touchdowns. He had back to back 1,000-yard seasons getting 1,021 in 2018 and 1,130 in 2019. That is impressive for a wide receiver who was taken in the 5th round.

A few games into last season, there were rumors swirling about Diggs wanting to get traded. He was frustrated with his lack of catches and just felt he was being underutilized. He was rumored to go to the Patriots as they were lacking in the WR department. After he started getting the rock thrown his way again, he and Cousins went on air and discussed that the rumors were false and that Diggs was happy in Minnesota, he just let emotions get to him. Now at the end of February, trade rumors have emerged once more and Diggs recently deleted all his Minnesota pictures off his Instagram. It might not be anything, but it definitely has Vikings fans worried about his future with the team. What would be the reason for deleting only Minnesota pictures and not his whole Instagram? Only time will tell.

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Everson Griffen has been with the Minnesota Vikings since they drafted him in the 4th round of the 2010 season. He has been a huge playmaker over the years and a fan favorite. He has totaled 355 combined sacks, 97 assists, 74.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 1 touchdown. You can see why he has had a long tenure in Minnesota. Griffen doesn’t seem to be letting age get to him as last season he had 41 combined tackles, 15 assists, 8 sacks, and 1 Interception. Not to bad for a 32 year old.

Griffen claimed earlier in the offseason that he wanted to stay a Vikings for Life. A few weeks later, he decided to void the rest of the Contract he is under, which would make him a free agent this offseason. It has been brought up that this could mean that there is a new contract in the works that would keep Griffen in Minnesota for less money. Griffen is a team-first player and this is a real possibility, if not, then we may be seeing 97 in a different color this season. It would be great news if Minnesota was able to keep him on a cheaper contract, he would provide stability for the defense, as well as manpower. Griffen and Hunter were among the best defensive duos in the league last year.

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Big Man Linval Joseph was brought in to help the defensive line for the 2014 season. Joseph has been a very important piece to Minnesota’s defense as the plugs up the line and prevents Running Backs to get through. If he isn’t doing that, he is already in the backfield getting after the Quarterback. Since joining Minnesota, Joseph has piled up 350 combined tackles, 141 assists, 51 QB hits, and a touchdown. That Touchdown was a staple in his career and he took it 64 yards to the house! What a play by 98.

Joseph has had some injury problems and seems to miss important time. His knees seem to always be the main injury and that could make for early retirement. I think Joseph is a fantastic player and I would hate to see him go, but Minnesota might see him as a candidate to cut to save on cap space. Due to injuries and age, they might see more risk than reward. I think it would be wise to try and keep him.

Minnesota Vikings Offseason: Trade Rumors are buzzing

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Trae Waynes has been a consistent player in the last few seasons for the defense. He started out a little rocky after being taken in the 1st round of the 2015 draft. He was fast and athletic, but his decision making was questionable in his first 2 years. He finally found his groove in the 2017 season which helped their dominant defense become even more so. Waynes and Rhodes Closed were the best CB duo in the league that year. It seemed as no pass could go their way or there would be trouble. Waynes has 247 combined tackles, 32 assists, and 7 interceptions.

For his first few seasons, he was often tasked with handling opponents that wouldn’t want to face Rhodes and did a fine job guarding them. He cleaned up his penalty calls and started playing smart football. With Rhodes taking a turn for the worse, Waynes took over as the best Corner on the team. Waynes is a solid corner, who I hope Minnesota can find a way to keep. He brings great things to the table and is a young star.

Now let us talk about some needs. I think Minnesota needs to use a lot of their draft picks, and cap on some offensive lineman. Year after year I see their o-line struggle and I am tired of it. They don’t need another star CB in the first round, they need an offensive linemen to help out. Cousins showed he can perform with a solid line in front of him. They have tried to “fix” the o-line, but that just doesn’t work, they need to rebuild it. They can keep Brian O’Neil, Garrett Bradbury, and even Josh Kline to help another player learn the ways. The rest can go. Riley Reiff was a solid pick up a few seasons ago, but he will cost a bit more then he is probably worth this season. I like Reiff, but he is slowing down, and Minnesota can’t afford that with an offensive line.

There are many things Minnesota has to consider this offseason. There are Veterans they need to keep and let go sadly. That’s just how the NFL league is. You can’t keep what you want, just what you can afford. I think Minnesota has learned from previous seasons and will make better decisions. Next season we could see a young, energetic Minnesota team with everything to prove! Let’s find out, SKOL!

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