Vikings reportedly considered trading for Eagles tight end

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Dallas Goedert
(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Dallas Goedert /

Before landing Chris Herndon from the New York Jets, the Minnesota Vikings reportedly had trade talks with the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire tight end Dallas Goedert.

Back in 2016, the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles made a trade that sent quarterback Sam Bradford to the Twin Cities. It was a trade the Vikings felt needed to happen after losing Teddy Bridgewater earlier that year to a severe knee injury.

This year, Minnesota has found itself in another situation in which a top player has suffered a possible serious knee injury right before the start of the regular season. Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. is expected to miss multiple weeks, and apparently, trade talks were recently had with the Eagles, just like in 2016, to acquire a potential replacement.

According to FanSided’s Matt Lombardo, Minnesota and Philadelphia discussed a deal that would have sent Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert to the Vikings.

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Obviously, no trade involving Goedert was agreed to by Minnesota. But did the Vikings make a mistake by not figuring out a way to acquire the Eagles tight end?

Goedert, selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, is heading into his fourth year in the league. Last season, the 6-foot-5, 256-pound tight end finished with 46 catches for 524 yards and three touchdowns in 11 appearances.

Minnesota ended up acquiring tight end Chris Herndon in a trade with the New York Jets on Tuesday, but Goedert certainly would have been the better addition if a deal was able to be worked out with the Eagles.

So why didn’t a trade get done? It’s possible that Philadelphia’s asking price for the tight end was too high or the Vikings didn’t want to add a potential No. 1 tight end with there still being a chance of Smith returning at some point this season.

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In the end, the Eagles wound up not helping Minnesota deal with a player’s knee injury this time around. Hopefully, the Vikings’ decision to not acquire Goedert doesn’t come back to bit them later this season.