5 Realistic Moves That the Minnesota Vikings Could Make at NFL Trade Deadline

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5 Realistic Moves That the Minnesota Vikings Could Make at NFL Trade Deadline
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The Minnesota Vikings have found themselves to be surprising contenders for a playoff spot in the tough NFC North, and could be looking to push even further to solidify their spot in the NFC as a playoff team, rather than once more be on the outside looking in.

It is, however, still unlikely that the Vikings (or any other team) make a move—most players worth trading for are players that teams don't want to let go of. The Vikings in particular are more committed to building a young, disciplined team through the draft.

While the Vikings refuse to use the word "rebuilding," they still have a heavy responsibility to look toward the future when making team decisions, regardless of the likelihood of a playoff run.

The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to move the trade deadline back to the Tuesday following Week 8 (October 30) rather than the Tuesday following Week 6 (October 16), presumably to allow teams to cover for injuries in the middle of a playoff run, or to otherwise open the NFL up to trades. It still is unlikely that NFL teams make those moves.

It's extraordinarily difficult to account for the salary cap in trades, and players will take time to acclimate to a system. In a 16-game season, trades involve quite a bit of risk for a longer-term reward.

Most recently, the Vikings famously traded a third-round pick for Randy Moss and a seventh-round selection, only receiving four weeks of production from him, which totaled 174 yards.

That said, it remains a fascinating exercise to determine how the Vikings would work the trading block if it were at all possible.

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