3 players the Vikings should entertain trade offers for in the 2023 offseason

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Cam Dantzler – CB

In his third season with the Vikings, Cam Dantzler is having a bit of a disappointing year with the purple and gold.

First, Dantzler has missed five games this season. An ankle injury landed him on injured reserve for four weeks, and he didn’t log a single snap in Minnesota’s Week 15 win over the Indianapolis Colts as he was still dealing with the effects of an illness he came down with a few days before the contest.

Even when Dantzler has been healthy enough to be on the field though, his performance hasn’t been anything to rave about. He had that memorable game-winning forced fumble in Week 5 against the Chicago Bears, but that’s really one of the only impactful plays the young corner has made all season.

Dantzler’s defensive grade from PFF currently ranks 60th out of 122 qualifying cornerbacks in the NFL, his 79.2 percent allowed completion rate is tied for the ninth-worst among corners in the league according to PFF, and his 125.7 passer rating allowed to opposing quarterbacks is the 15th-worst among all corners in the NFL.

He’s typically been a player that grades well on sites like PFF, even if his performance on the field was a bit questionable. But this season, both his on-field play and his grades from PFF are pretty underwhelming.

With guys like Andrew Booth Jr. and Akayleb Evans returning in 2023 for their second years with the Vikings, Dantzler is certainly not guaranteed a starting role with the team next season. That might not sit well with Dantzler, and it could definitely lead to him possibly seeking a trade out of Minnesota.

He’s young enough (24) that another team will still believe that their defensive system will get the most out of his abilities. So if this ends up being the case and the Vikings receive trade offers for Dantzler during the upcoming offseason, they should be willing to see what they can get in return for the former third-round draft pick.