Which linebackers could be available via trade?
Trades are not all too common in the NFL, but the Vikings have to explore that route this offseason. There are too many question marks on the roster and the salary situation, as it stands right now, is not great.
There are some quality linebackers across the league that deserve a larger role – or more recognition – elsewhere. The next few guys could be fun trade candidates for the Vikings when the league year opens.
Bobby Okereke (Indianapolis Colts)
Bobby Okereke is an explosive linebacker that lacks some size but makes up for it with effort. Playing next to Darius Leonard has allowed Okereke to play freely as a floater and attacker in Indianapolis.
The Colts do have him under contract for one more season on a very team-friendly deal, so a trade would be hard to swing, but it is worth a shot. I think Okereke would be the perfect fit for Minnesota as a ball-seeking missile that is not afraid to get his nose dirty. The team lacks that kind of impact right now.
Kyzir White (Los Angeles Chargers)
The Chargers selected Kenneth Murray in the first round in 2020 and he is proving to be the middle linebacker of the future on the west coast. Kyzir White has been a very solid NFL linebacker after transitioning from safety out of West Virginia and those skills are apparent.
White is a speedy athlete who can cover with the best of them. While he would not be a blockbuster acquisition for the Vikings, they could really use him all over the defense. White has 126 tackles, two interceptions, and three pass breakups this season. He’s also added seven tackles for loss and a sack.
Myles Jack (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Myles Jack has been around for a very long time but is still just 26-years-old. After years of despair in Jacksonville, Jack could seek an exit this offseason and nobody would blame him. The Vikings missed out on him in 2016, but he should make his way over in 2022.
Jack is a stat sheet stuffer with over 500 tackles and 19 tackles for loss in his career. He hasn’t gotten the credit he deserves on a struggling Jaguars team, but Myles Jack is a very good player in this league. He needs to get a fresh start somewhere, so why not Minnesota?