Did the Minnesota Vikings ever consider trading for the All-Pro safety this offseason?
Change was inevitable for the Minnesota Vikings this offseason. With a number of aging veterans heading into 2020 with way-too-high cap numbers, the Vikings had to say goodbye to some longtime contributors this year.
Minnesota’s defense saw the biggest amount of turnover as four members of their 2019 starting defense (five if counting Mackensie Alexander) are no longer on the team’s roster.
The Vikings also made a big decision on the offensive side of the ball when they traded star wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills back in March. While Minnesota’s philosophy remains the same, they’ll be depending on a bunch of new faces and guys with inexperience to get back to the playoffs in 2020.
Did the Minnesota Vikings attempt to make another blockbuster trade this year?
On Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks completed a huge deal with the New York Jets to acquire All-Pro safety Jamal Adams in exchange for first-round picks in 2021 and 2022, a third-round selection in 2021, and safety Bradley McDougald.
While trading for Adams might have been a great option for the Vikings to explore, there were no reports of Minnesota having any interest in the safety this offseason. Suggestions were made by multiple outlets (including us) that the Vikings should at least consider trading for Adams, but there weren’t any actual whispers of Minnesota even making a call to the Jets to find out what it would cost to acquire him.
Instead, the Vikings will roll with Anthony Harris and Harrison Smith in 2020 as their starting safeties. The two make up arguably the best safety duo in the entire NFL, so it’s not like Minnesota will be struggling without having Adams on their roster this year.
Trading for the Seahawks new 24-year-old safety would have been a move for the Vikings to make more for the future and not for the upcoming season.
Harris is coming off a great 2019 performance, but he’s scheduled to become a free agent in 2021, and Smith is now 31-years-old, so he might only have a few more seasons of solid production left for Minnesota.
If the Vikings were able to land Adams somehow, he could’ve partnered with Smith for a few years before taking over as the team’s leader of the secondary in the future.
Now that he has been traded though, it’s clear that New York was looking for a lot in return for the All-Pro safety. Knowing how much Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman is obsessed with his draft picks, it seems safe to assume he would’ve never given up the amount of draft capital it took for Seattle to land Adams.
The Vikings will still get to see the young safety this season though, as they will travel to face him and the Seahawks in Week 5.