Vikings Rumors: Minnesota interested in acquiring a former Iowa corner?

(Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) Desmond King
(Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) Desmond King /

Recent Minnesota Vikings rumors have them interested in a current Los Angeles Chargers cornerback

With the majority of the 2020 offseason complete, the frequency of Minnesota Vikings rumors is certainly much lower these days as the start of the upcoming regular season inches closer and closer.

But sometimes, the lack of action gets people talking and thinking about possible trade scenarios that could improve their team. Recently, there seems to be a Vikings rumor that is picking up a bit of steam.

Based on the actions of his team this offseason, current Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Desmond King is someone who could potentially be on the trade block right now. For a team like Minnesota who is in need of more corner experience, acquiring King before the regular season seems like something they should at least consider.

How valid are these latest Vikings rumors about a trade for Desmond King?

For now, these are just rumors and nothing more. However, current Minnesota defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson (and former college teammate of King’s at Iowa) made a post on his Twitter account on Thursday that might indicate there could some actual legitimacy to the current Chargers corner potentially landing in the Twin Cities.

To add even more fuel to the fire, King liked the tweet posted by his former college teammate.

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The current Los Angeles cornerback has also been included in some recent articles that have discussed potential trades that could happen before the start of the upcoming regular season.

NFL Spin Zone’s Samuel Teets recently mentioned King as someone who could possibly be dealt during the next few weeks and ESPN’s Field Yates took it one step further when he recently suggested that the Vikings should send left tackle Riley Reiff to the Chargers in exchange for their talented corner.

King is someone who could fill multiple roles for Minnesota in 2020 if he were to land on their roster. He spent a bunch of his time as the Chargers slot corner and he’s currently one of the best punt and kick returners in the NFL.

He’s still only 25-years-old, but King has much more on-field experience than any of the cornerbacks on the Vikings current roster. With Minnesota still trying to figure out how their corner depth chart will shake out for the upcoming season, adding King to the mix would at least take care of finding someone to line up in the slot.

Some might wonder why Los Angeles would even be interested in trading the former Iowa cornerback. Well, the Chargers signed free-agent Chris Harris this offseason and he’s been one of the best slot corners in the league during the last decade. So it seems like King could end up being the odd-man-out.

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With a cap hit of just over $2.2 million for 2020, King is an affordable option the Vikings should be trying to acquire. Minnesota’s secondary would benefit greatly from the addition and it would likely help the team’s pass defense get back to being one of the absolute best in the NFL.