What is more fun than putting some unfounded, unreasonable, and unlikely speculation out there on the internet?
So, today I offer up a healthy serving of trades that I think the Vikings could benefit from. I blame their recent trade for Greg Camirillo for giving me the idea to do this. Again, these are purely speculative. So feel free to dissect, discuss, and tear apart in the comments section.
ROSENFELS to ARIZONA
The Cardinals only chance at staying competitive is to employ a quarterback capable of getting the ball into the hands of their playmakers, like Larry Fitzgerald. Apparently they think they are good enough if their quarterback isn’t spectacular but simply solid, otherwise they wouldn’t be going into the season trusting Matt Leinart to take the reins.
Recent reports, however, have suggested that Leinart isn’t going to be the game manager that they had hoped. Plus, we all know that Derek Anderson doesn’t take very good care of the football.
With Brett Favre, Tarvaris Jackson, and Joe Webb seemingly being an adequate depth chart for the Vikings, they almost certainly would prefer to get something in return for Sage Rosenfels.
I say dangle him in front of the Cardinals and see if a fourth or fifth round pick is to be had.
YOUNG to ST. LOUIS
Many people thought the Rams would solve their running back depth problem by eventually signing Brian Westbrook. That train left the station, however, when Westbrook became a member of the Niners.
The rest of their running backs have not provided much faith throughout preseason.
The Vikings have Adrian Peterson to occupy their starting role. Toby Gerhart has struggled in the preseason, but we all know the team won’t be giving up on their second round pick. Lastly, Darius Reynaud’s versatility (running back, receiver, punt returner) makes him too valuable to give up.
Instead of cutting Albert Young and hoping he makes it through to the practice squad yet again, the Vikings should offer him up to the Rams in exchange for a late draft choice. Afterall, the Rams are going to be so bad this year that a sixth round pick could practically be considered a fifth round pick.
BRYANT to VIKINGS
Newsday recently reported that the Bengals are close to cutting wide out Antonio Bryant. Bryant signed a huge deal with the Bengals this offseason and is widely considered one of the worst offseason signings of 2010.
However, the Vikings still could use some help at the receiver position and the Bengals have already taken the financial burden of this signing by paying Bryant. They paid him $7.85 million in bonuses. This means his base salary for 2010 would only be $1.55 million in 2010. It bumps up to $4.75 million in 2011.
So, instead of waiting to see if he is claimed on waivers, why not put a seventh round pick out there (or conditional pick) and allow the Bengals to get something in return for their poor investment.
Any trade would be pending a physical, so the Vikings could determine whether or not Bryant truly is ready to play after his knee injury suffered last season prior to fully committing to the trade. In 2008 Bryant posted 83 catches for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns.
I don’t want to be the only one getting in on the fun that is speculative trade talk. So, lets discuss this in the comments section. What other trades do you see as possibilities? Let me know and I’ll respond.