The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly heard from multiple teams around the NFL about the possibility of trading running back Alexander Mattison.
Despite the fact that the Minnesota Vikings already had Alexander Mattison and Kene Nwangwu in their running back room behind Dalvin Cook, the team still went out and selected former North Carolina running back Ty Chandler in the 2022 NFL Draft earlier this year.
During the last few weeks, Chandler has been very impressive in Minnesota’s preseason matchups, and it has apparently led to other teams around the league wondering if someone like Mattison could be acquired in a trade.
According to multiple reports, the Vikings have recently heard from several teams that are interested in a potential trade for Mattison. Will Minnesota reach a deal before the start of the regular season?
What are people hearing about the trade rumors surrounding Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison?
The trade speculation about Mattison was started on Monday after Heavy.com’s Matt Lombardo revealed that the Vikings are “listening to offers” for the running back.
Shortly after Lombardo’s report, the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson confirmed that Minnesota is “open to trading” Mattison this year. Tomasson also revealed that at least 12 teams from around the NFL have contacted the Vikings about what it would take to acquire the running back in a trade.
As for what Minnesota could be looking for in return for Mattison, KSTP’s Darren Wolfson believes that a deal could potentially happen if the Vikings received a third-round draft pick or possibly a fourth-round selection in exchange for the running back.
Mattison is coming off a 2021 campaign where he rushed for 491 yards and three touchdowns in addition to catching 32 passes for 228 yards and a score. Despite setting a new single-season career-high with four touchdowns, his yards per rush (3.7) and yards per reception (7.1) were the lowest they’ve ever been in his three years with Minnesota.
Will Mattison still be the Vikings‘ No. 2 running back when they open up the regular season against the Green Bay Packers in less than two weeks?