5 Vikings who deserve a lump of coal in their Christmas stocking this year

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Chris Herndon – TE

Chris Herndon was acquired in a desperation move prior to the start of the 2021 season. Starting tight end Irv Smith Jr. was lost for the season during the final preseason game, and general manager Rick Spielman made a desperation trade with the New York Jets, acquiring the young tight end for a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

At the time, the compensation was questioned by many. A fourth-round pick seemed a little steep for a guy who had missed time due to injury and suspension. The counterargument was that he was still only 25-years-old and had shown plenty of potential in the two seasons where he played in all 16 games.

Those who were questioning the compensation turned out to be right. Through 14 games, Herndon hasn’t been worth a 2026 seventh-round pick. The dude just doesn’t do much for the Vikings.

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He has just four receptions on the season for 40 yards and one touchdown. He’s garnished a couple of penalties as a blocker and has been outplayed by Luke Stocker, who Minnesota signed off the street a few weeks back. Herndon and his lack of production definitely deserve a lump of coal, and Rick Spielman might as well get one too for making that horrible trade.