The Minnesota Vikings cleared cap space by trading Za’Darius Smith, but the decision to deal him to the Cleveland Browns could be one they wind up regretting.
Throughout the offseason, it appeared that the Minnesota Vikings and Za’Darius Smith were heading for a divorce.
The star edge rusher appeared to be one of the best bargains of last year’s free agency period through the first half of the season but declined in the second half. He put his house on the market shortly after the Vikings lost to the New York Giants in the playoffs and said his goodbyes on Twitter last March, even though he was still under contract with the team.
The next two months were filled with speculation over Smith’s future before he was traded to the Cleveland Browns. Some believe that it was a move the Vikings had to make, but it can also be argued that it’s one that the Vikings could regret.
In this article, we’ll go over some reasons why the Smith trade wasn’t so beneficial for the Vikings and why the decision to deal him to the Browns may have both short and long-term ramifications.