3 takeaways from the Vikings not making a trade at the deadline

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The compensation wasn’t enough

While the Vikings weren’t able to make a deal by the trade deadline, it doesn’t mean they didn’t try to. After seeing Desmond King be dealt for just a sixth-round choice, and Kwon Alexander traded for only a fifth-round pick, a safe thing to take away from the failure to secure a deal is that the compensation wasn’t worth it for Minnesota to make a trade.

If Minnesota was only offered a Day 3 draft pick for a player like Riley Reiff who could come in and start for a handful of teams at a key position like left tackle, they were better off just passing.

The same can be said if the Vikings were offered a fourth or fifth-round selection for Anthony Harris. Yes, Harris’ contract situation makes it hard to gauge what is fair compensation, but he’s a hell of a player and one of the best cover safeties in the league.

If Minnesota was getting low-balled by teams just assuming they were ready to give away their players, then Rick Spielman made the right call to stand pat. The Vikings need to stock up on early-round draft choices for 2021 instead of having double-digit picks after the fourth round.

The argument can be made that Minnesota could have settled for less than market value in order to unload some cap space. While there is some truth to that, the Vikings also have nine games left in the season and plenty of time to climb the standings with a fairly soft schedule coming up.