Given the Minnesota Vikings' improbable run to the playoffs, and the excitement that fans are feeling over the regular season that was just completed, it's tempting to say that the team will be even better next year.
After all, they are a young squad, and it's likely that a lot of these relatively inexperienced players will get better as they gain experience. The team has drafted well in the past couple of years, and with a free agent here and there...you never know.
However, while watching the Vikings upset Green Bay to get into the playoffs, it occurred to me that the team still has glaring weaknesses in several areas. Instead of resting on their laurels, the Vikings brass should be thinking about how to improve the squad for next year.
Here are five guys that the Vikings should consider trading, either for veteran talent or for draft picks to shore up the roster.
In compiling the list, I considered salary against production, the viability of replacing them on the roster as well as the value a player might bring in a trade. While I truly love some of these players, I think they could bring more value as trade chip than they do as a team member.