Irv Smith Jr. – TE
Heading into the current season, Irv Smith Jr. was projected by many to have a breakout campaign. Smith got off to a rough start during his first few games (two catches for 14 yards during the first four weeks), but during the Vikings last two matchups, the second-year tight end has hauled in a combined eight passes for 119 yards.
Leading up to this season’s trade deadline, Smith’s name has actually come up in the rumor mill. The Baltimore Ravens reportedly asked Minnesota about the tight end recently, but no deal was made.
Deciding not to part ways with Smith was the right choice for the Vikings. At 22-years-old, his potential is still too high for Minnesota to give up on. Unless Smith was some sort of problem in the locker room, there is really no reason for the Vikings to even think about trading for him.
With Kyle Rudolph’s future in Minnesota being in doubt, Smith is the in line to be the team’s No. 1 tight end sooner than later. Plus, Smith’s contract is accounting for less than $2 million in cap space until it expires in 2023.
Trading a guy who is young and cheap that could potentially be their top tight end before the end of the current season just wouldn’t make much sense for the Vikings to do.