5 players the Vikings should try to trade for before the deadline

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Larry Fitzgerald
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(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Nick Mullens
(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Nick Mullens /

Nick Mullens – QB

With Kirk Cousins, the Vikings are set with their starting quarterback for the rest of the season and likely for 2020 as well. Behind Cousins is where Minnesota should consider making an improvement before the trade deadline though.

Right now, if Cousins were to miss any time this year, the Vikings would have to rely on Sean Mannion to lead their offense. Mannion has never done anything in his NFL career to make anyone believe that Minnesota’s offense would be even okay with him starting under center for a few games if needed.

Over in San Francisco, the 49ers currently have a young backup quarterback by the name of Nick Mullens. As a rookie last season, Mullens started eight games for the 49ers and he had some promising moments.

What he was able to show in his eight starts last year is more than Mannion has ever displayed out on the field during his entire time in the league. The Vikings would be much better off with Mullens starting in emergency duty this season instead of Mannion.

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Mullens’ contract expires at the end of the season, but then he becomes an exclusive rights free agent. So if Minnesota were to acquire him in a deal before the deadline, it would give them about eight weeks to evaluate the young quarterback and decide if they would want to bring him back in 2020 to be the No. 2 guy behind Cousins or not.