The Vikings traded reserve quarterback Sage Rosenfels and running back / receiver / return man Darius Reynaud to the Giants today. In return, they will reportedly get a 5th round pick in the 2011 draft and a conditional pick in 2012. The conditions of that second pick are not yet known.
The trade has immediately drawn criticism from the media and fans alike, and is viewed as a brash gamble with the game’s most important position… quarterback.
It is true that Rosenfels far outplayed Tarvaris Jackson in the preseason this year. It is also true that Reynaud was the team’s top punt returner last season. It is also true that both these players were very close to the roster bubble, and getting anything in return for players that you are going to cut is a rare and valuable occurrence.
Whether Sage Rosenfels or Tarvaris Jackson is the better option to keep on the roster is a question that will probably never be answered, and one that we hopefully won’t have to worry about (hoping Favre stays healthy all year, that is). I also think that Reynaud was worthy of a roster spot, but his sudden move to running back and his position on the depth chart made it obvious that the coaches felt different than I did.
In the end, the Vikings essentially made two roster cuts in a year in which they are overflowing with players worthy of a spot on an NFL roster in return for more draft firepower over the next two years. Neither of these players were going to be traded for an offensive lineman or cornerback worthy of excitement.
This is why I think this trade is neither a positive nor a negative.
I consider it, quite simply, a wash.