Will the Vikings trade for a defensive back?
Against the run this season, Minnesota’s defense has been outstanding. Heading into Week 9, the Vikings rank eighth in the NFL in rushing yards allowed and ninth in rushing yards allowed per carry.
When it comes to stopping an opposing team’s passing attack, however, this is where Minnesota’s defense has struggled this season. Currently, the Vikings rank 29th in the league in passing yards allowed and 29th in net yards allowed per pass attempt.
If there was one area of their roster that Minnesota could afford to improve before Tuesday’s trade deadline, it would be their secondary, and more specifically, their cornerback group.
Sidney Jones (Seattle Seahawks): Despite being PFF’s 27th-best graded corner in the NFL in 2021, Sidney Jones has struggled to find the field with the Seahawks this season.
Jones has appeared in just three games this year and he’s only been on the field for 45 defensive snaps. Seattle has preferred to play some of their younger corners this season and it’s resulted in Jones watching from the sidelines.
The Seahawks are reportedly looking to trade Jones before Tuesday’s deadline, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. Could the Vikings be a potential landing spot for him?
Greedy Willams (Cleveland Browns): The Browns have reportedly “received multiple calls” about possible deals for cornerback Greedy Williams before this year’s trade deadline, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Willams, a former college teammate of Justin Jefferson’s, has only appeared in two games for Cleveland this season after starting eight times in 16 total appearances for them last year. In 2021, he allowed a completion rate to his coverage of just 55.2 percent, and opposing passers only had a rating of 74.0 when targeting him.
Given that Minnesota general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah spent 2021 and 2020 in the Browns’ front office, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Vikings wound up with Williams before Tuesday’s deadline.
Sean Murphy-Bunting (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Chandon Sullivan has been terrible for Minnesota in the slot this season and Sean Murphy-Bunting could be someone the Vikings might look to add as their new nickel corner.
Murphy-Bunting appeared in at least 74 percent of the Bucs’ defensive snaps in 2020 and 2021, but this season, he’s only been on the field for 12 percent of their defensive snaps. Tampa Bay clearly doesn’t believe he has a role on their team anymore.
If Minnesota is looking to add a new slot corner before Tuesday’s deadline instead of sticking with Sullivan for the rest of the season, Murphy Bunting could be someone that draws their interest.