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3 Trades the Vikings Need to Make Ahead of the Deadline for a Super Bowl Push

Larry Rupp
Three trades the Minnesota Vikings need to make ahead of the NFL deadline for a Super Bowl push.
Three trades the Minnesota Vikings need to make ahead of the NFL deadline for a Super Bowl push. / AP Photos/Alex Menendez
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The Minnesota Vikings have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2022 NFL season. They sit atop the NFC North with a 5-1 record and have a chance to secure their first playoff berth since 2019. Of course, keeping up their current run of success could be aided by upgrading the roster in a few ways.

The NFL trade deadline presents the perfect opportunity for Minnesota's front office to show the team isn't messing around. Adding a few missing pieces to the puzzle could put the Vikings in line to compete for a Super Bowl title. Here's a look at three trades they need to make before November 1.

Minnesota Vikings Trade Rumors

1. Trade For Chase Claypool

Justin Jefferson's excellence is overshadowing how underwhelming the efforts of Adam Thielen and K.J. Osborn have been this year. Thielen is averaging only 47.8 yards per game, which is his lowest mark since his injury-shortened 2019 campaign. Meanwhile, Osborn has logged only 177 yards and 1 touchdown on 19 receptions despite playing in 75% of the offensive snaps. Chase Claypool logged more than 800 receiving yards in each of his first two NFL seasons before taking a back seat in Pittsburgh's offense in 2022. He could benefit from a change of scenery and still has one year left on his rookie contract. The idea of him taking over Thielen's role in 2023 should be enough to persuade the Vikings to give up a draft pick.

2. Trade Away Irv Smith Jr.

Before Vikings fans get confused here, trading away tight end Irv Smith Jr. lines up as a logical move as long as Minnesota gets a TE in return. Smith has failed to live up to expectations through the first seven weeks of the year, compiling 140 yards and 2 touchdowns on 18 receptions (29 targets). His career-low 7.8 yards per reception mark shows that he is only being relied on as a dump-off option for quarterback Kirk Cousins. Kevin O'Connell's offense could benefit from having a big receiving TE such as Mike Gesicki. Smith would give Miami the blocking TE it is looking for and Gesicki would provide Cousins with a much-needed end-zone mismatch. Noah Fant and Will Dissly are other possible options here.

3. Trade For Desmond King

The Vikings signed veteran Chandon Sullivan in free agency with a hope that he could serve as a reliable third cornerback. His early struggles could be linked to learning a new scheme, but it has been seven weeks of mediocrity now. Sullivan has allowed 80.8% of the passes thrown his way to be completed for 296 yards and 1 touchdown. Finding an upgrade in the secondary will be crucial and Desmond King fits the bill. King has only allowed 10 completions in pass coverage for 46 yards and 0 touchdowns in 2022. The 27-year-old also has one additional year built into his contract, meaning he could take over for Patrick Peterson in 2023. This is a player Minnesota should not be afraid to overpay for.

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