3 best trades ever made by the Minnesota Vikings

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The Minnesota Vikings have made some good trades over the years, but these three trades should be considered the best ones the franchise have ever made.

There are three great ways to acquire talent in the NFL: using the draft, signing players from free agency, and making trades with other teams. Since the Minnesota Vikings first season in 1961, they have used all these methods.

With the NFL trade deadline of Oct. 30 rapidly approaching, fans are thinking of ways the team can improve their squad while the Vikings are looking at possible deals that could make sense with their limited salary cap.

Some trades throughout history have been fantastic for the Vikings while others have been notoriously bad. But for now, let’s focus on the good things that Minnesota has been able to do when wheeling and dealing with other franchises.

Please note: this does NOT include trades the Vikings made which did not involve players and instead were pick-for-pick trades, such as Minnesota trading down in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft to pick up an extra selection from the Browns when the Vikings were intending to select Matt Kalil the entire time.

Here are the three best trades involving players the Minnesota Vikings have ever made as a franchise starting with number 3!