Mike Hughes – CB
Trading Mike Hughes wouldn’t save the Vikings a great deal regarding their salary cap. But it might just get them a mid-round draft pick they can put to good use next spring.
Hughes came into the season looking to become the team’s No. 1 cornerback following the departures of Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, and Mackensie Alexander, who were the prominent starters in Minnesota, for good or bad.
The young corner hasn’t lived up to his billing yet and this might be the time for the organization to cut their losses on the former first-round pick.
There is little disputing the talent at Hughes’ disposal when healthy. However, staying on the field has been a significant problem for the former UCF standout and this has hampered his development considerably.
Good cornerbacks are hard to find, and the writing was probably on the wall for Hughes when the Vikings opted to draft Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler early in the 2020 NFL Draft. If Minnesota does end up trading Hughes, he can have no cause for argument.
This is another high-end draft selection that hasn’t exactly gone according to plan. The Vikings don’t have much to play for now, so getting their rookie cornerback duo as many reps as possible and moving on from Hughes might be the best solution for all parties.