Expect Vikings trade rumors to quiet down after Sunday’s win

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Adam Thielen
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Adam Thielen /

The Minnesota Vikings may no longer participate in this year’s trade deadline.

Prior to Sunday’s win over the one-loss Green Bay Packers, the majority of the recent news related to the Minnesota Vikings had to do with a number of their players being mentioned in trade rumors.

Notable guys from the Vikings roster like Harrison Smith, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph, Riley Reiff, and Anthony Harris have all been a part of at least one trade rumor this season.

But after they were able to get a big road victory over the Packers on Sunday, it would be pretty surprising if Minnesota still ended up dealing one of their top players within the next few days.

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With their win over Green Bay, the Vikings are still just 2-5 and in last place in the NFC North. However, if Minnesota can continue to play like they did on Sunday, then why would they look to dismantle their current roster and ruin any sort of momentum that they might have?

It’s possible that Vikings players like Rudolph and Reiff could still be part of a deadline deal this season. But any chance of Smith, Thielen, or Harris getting traded is likely gone following the results from Sunday.

In fact, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Sunday that Minnesota has “no plans,” to trade Thielen, so it doesn’t look like he’s heading anywhere anytime soon.

Getting another win isn’t the only reason why the Vikings probably won’t be moving any big names before the deadline. Minnesota’s secondary is even more depleted after Sunday and trading Smith or Harris could result in a disastrous outcome for the team’s pass defense.

Don’t expect the Vikings to be buyers though either after Sunday’s win. With how little cap space they will likely have in 2021, giving up future draft assets still isn’t something Minnesota should be doing even if they do believe they can still go on a run to make the playoffs.

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Sunday could have potentially been the last game in a Vikings uniform for some of their longtime contributors. But with how well the team played in their win over Green Bay, it seems like Minnesota will probably be keeping the majority of their roster around for the rest of the season.