4 other trades the Vikings could have made before the 2022 deadline

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) William Jackson III
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William Jackson III – CB

If the Vikings wanted to look towards adding even more to their secondary, they could of pursued a trade for William Jackson III. Jackson was traded from the Washington Commanders to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, with Washington sending the corner over along with a 2025 conditional seventh-round pick and Pittsburgh sending back a 2025 conditional sixth-round pick.

A low-risk trade does not fit the model the Vikings followed while pursuing Hockenson, but with Cameron Dantzler potentially missing some time due to an ankle injury he suffered in Week 9, an extra player now looks even better.

Patrick Peterson and Dantzler have been solid, however, and with Andrew Booth Jr. in his rookie season, it wasn’t probably the most pressing trade the Vikings felt like they needed to make, or the interest just wasn’t in Jackson.

The defense could use some attention, as it ranks 28th in opponent yards per game, but Jackson wasn’t the move, and the Vikings went for what they were rumored to be interested in the whole time, someone who could stretch the field in the passing game.

The team seems content going all-in on the offensive side of the ball, and that’s what they pursued and obtained at the trade deadline, but tight end isn’t the only position that can stretch the field on offense.

That could have been obtained in a trade for the next player the Vikings could have traded for instead of T.J. Hockenson.