Adam Thielen is clearly still the top guy, but he’s getting older and coming off a season that caused him to miss a good amount of games due to injury. If Thielen misses time again in 2020, the Vikings would be in some serious trouble.
So in an effort to avoid this, Minnesota could look to the upcoming NFL Draft to upgrade their receiving talent or they might attempt to add a veteran receiver who is looking to play elsewhere.
Minnesota Vikings reportedly in talks to acquire Odell Beckham Jr. for draft picks.
Instead of hoping a rookie pass-catcher can come in and make an immediate impact, the Vikings appear to be trying to land one of the top receivers who is already in the NFL.
According to WFAN’s Marc Malusis on Wednesday, Minnesota is currently in talks with the Cleveland Browns to acquire wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in a blockbuster trade. Malusis adds that the Vikings would send the Browns next year’s second and fifth-round draft picks to complete the trade.
If true, this would be a huge deal for Minnesota and it would show their fan base that they are still very committed to competing for a championship in 2020.
Beckham spent last season in Cleveland after they landed him in a trade with the New York Giants and he ended up finishing the year with 74 catches for 1,035 yards, and four touchdowns. It wasn’t his most productive season and rumors began to spread throughout the year that he wanted the Browns to trade him.
Despite his struggles in 2019, Beckham would provide an immediate upgrade to the Vikings’ receiving room. He’s still only 27-years-old and his contract after 2020 would be easy for Minnesota to get out of (no dead money) if things didn’t end up working out.
Crazier things have happened in Minnesota, but it appears that Rick Spielman is at least trying to keep his team in the hunt for a championship by potentially acquiring a superstar receiver.