6 Vikings players who could be traded next before the deadline

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Eric Kendricks – LB

Trading someone who made the All-Pro team in 2019 doesn’t seem like the smartest thing to do, but moving Eric Kendricks isn’t out of the realms of possibility.

The stud linebacker is set for a significant rise in base salary next year and if the Vikings decide he isn’t worth this sort of financial commitment, then he could be another who is moved on before the deadline.

Kendricks is the defensive lynchpin for the Vikings. He organizes everything on the second level and Minnesota would be far worse off without him. So it will be interesting to see whether the Vikings waving the proverbial white flag in 2020 will result in one of their consistent playmakers also departing for pastures new.

The former second-round pick is still playing well enough for a 66.7 grade from Pro Football Focus, even if he has regressed from the previous campaign that was nothing short of phenomenal from Kendricks’ standpoint.

It’s clear Minnesota has now decided that this is the time to start over and that might see even the most consistent of performers nervously looking over their shoulders.

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It would be hard to replace someone like Kendricks. He has 598 combined tackles (36 for loss), 22 quarterback hits, nine sacks, 37 passes defended, four interceptions, and four forced fumbles to his name. But it wouldn’t be hard to get an above-market value for a player still in his prime.