6 Vikings players who could be traded next before the deadline

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Adam Thielen – WR

Adam Thielen has been playing at a high level during the 2020 season so far. In a campaign full of abject failure for the Vikings, the Pro Bowl wide receiver continues to be a leading light and one of the best in the business.

His tandem with rookie sensation Justin Jefferson is among the NFL’s best and it has more than compensated for the loss of Stefon Diggs, who was traded to the Buffalo Bills prior to the 2020 NFL Draft. For all Minnesota’s faults this season, the finger of blame cannot be pointed at their starting wideout duo.

That being said, there will never be a better time for the Vikings to get substantial value for someone like Thielen, who will have teams queuing around the block to acquire his services if he is put on the trading block.

This would be met with extreme derision by Minnesota’s fanbase who class the receiver as one of their own. But if history has taught us anything, it’s that there is no room for sentiment in the NFL.

The Vikings have found that out to their cost over the years. They continue to reward players with big extensions and most simply, they aren’t worth the money once they get it.

Thielen is the exception to the rule. But Minnesota’s cap constraints in 2021 are no secret and with the player still due more than $50 million in base salary over the next four years, a big trade offer might be hard to turn down.