6 players the Vikings should consider trading before the deadline

(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) Kyle Rudolph
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(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Everson Griffen
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Everson Griffen /

Everson Griffen – DE

So far this season, Everson Griffen is back to playing like a pass-rushing monster. Through five games, Griffen currently leads all Vikings defenders with 16 quarterback pressures and his three sacks are second only to Danielle Hunter.

As good as Griffen has already been this year, his impressive play is likely going to lead to him becoming a free agent in 2020.

A few months ago, the Minnesota defensive end agreed to a renegotiated contract that will void after 2019 if he finishes the current season with at least six sacks or plays at least 57 percent of the total defensive snaps. Judging by his start to the year, chances seem high that Griffen will hit free agency during the upcoming offseason.

So if it’s already pretty likely that he will be a free agent in 2020, the Vikings should see what kind of return they could get in a trade for the veteran pass rusher before deadline at the end of the month.

Teams are always looking to add more pass-rushing help and Griffen is someone who the guys in the locker room automatically turn to as a leader. It would be sad to see him go elsewhere, but Minnesota should at least see what they can acquire in exchange for the veteran defensive end.