7 trade targets to make the Vikings contenders in 2024

Denver Broncos cornerback Pat Surtain II
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For the Minnesota Vikings to become contenders again in 2024, they may need to make a big splash in the trade market like they did with T.J. Hockenson two years ago.

This offseason, the Minnesota Vikings front office and coaching staff must determine if they believe they can compete in 2024, which is the biggest question at hand.

Despite any rumors suggesting they plan to start seriously contending in 2025, the phrase "competitive rebuild" has been the Vikings' motto for the past two seasons.

The question remains: When will the rebuild end and they become a consistently competitive team? Minnesota can use this offseason to their advantage by exploring not only free agency, but also the trade market. By adding a few key players, they could potentially be contenders in 2024 and beyond.

When it comes to players the Vikings could possibly trade for, who are some players they could consider?

Vikings Trade Target No. 1

Justin Simmons - S (Denver Broncos)

The Vikings may need to replace Harrison Smith this offseason, and a trade to fill his spot might need to be made if they want to be contenders in 2024.

If Minnesota feels they can get a player who can take their team to the next level, then it will certainly be something they should consider

One player the Vikings could target in a trade this offseason is Broncos safety Justin Simmons. Simmons would be a great addition to Minnesota's defense, as he could play in the box, at the line of scrimmage, and in the nickel.

Although he would likely be due another big contract after 2025, trading a very early pick for an elite safety like Simmons could be the route the Vikings decide to go if Smith retires.