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Speculative Trades

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.


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.


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.


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.

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33 Responses to “Speculative Trades”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    You didnt mention any offensive linemen? That is by far the biggest need.

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Agreed. I’d love to see a Logan Mankins or Nick Mangold trade happen, but I was trying to keep this thing somewhat realistic. I’m getting the impression that Zygi is about out of cash provided Favre’s new contract and other youngsters in need of money (Peterson, Edwards, Rice, Greenway, etc)

  2. Lost Viking says:

    My speculative trade was based on Seahawk coming to town loaded down with receivers. OL not so much. Thought Deion Branch, Ben Obamahu or perhaps Ruvell Martin might be left behind.

    Bengal also have ridiculous receiver depth as do Cowboy – Hurd/Crayton have to go.

    Vike should trade a DL (Mitchell/Evans/Kennedy/Guion) for an OL

  3. Lost Viking says:

    Agree with Adam’s comment on cash implications. Expect that Rosenfels departure dictated by Favre contract.

  4. Fragile Freds says:

    How about the following:

    Vikes: trade Joe Webb

    Receive : Tom Brady, Chris Johnson and two first round draft picks.

    Sorry, that is so stupid, probably not enough to give up Webb.

  5. Fragile Freds says:

    AK – You’re probably right, that should just about do it.

    Let’s just start the season huh?

    Let’s get the run game charged up and pound the ball.

    Freds can’t wait, one week from tonight…. college football!

    • bigjohnny84 says:

      Easy old fragile one. Vikes o-line could use alot more time to get ready before they are ready to pound the ball. What do you say Fred, time to can the zone blocking disaster?

  6. wtfvikesfan says:

    PM ET
    Chris Cook | Vikings

    Previously, Chris Cook was being worked in at right cornerback after spending much of the offseason with the idea that he’d stick at left cornerback behind Antoine Winfield.

    Cook’s been impressive on the right side — a job which will likely go back to Cedric Griffin once he’s recovered — and he’ll be the starter at RCB for the Minnesota Vikings’ third preseason game, taking place Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks, according to Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    With the trade that sent Benny Sapp to the Dolphins in exchange for Greg Camarillo, that means that Asher Allen will likely take over as the nickel CB, and once again raises the issue of what will happen with Lito Sheppard. The veteran was brought in as a fill-in for Griffin in the starting lineup, but he’s underwhelmed thus far.

  7. Ole says:

    Dugan, Tahi & 7th round pick
    Moss, Belechick & 3 1st round picks

    cut childress

  8. Ole says:

    in case this didn’t get mentioned today
    14 days
    14 – Fred Cox, great with the chicks, filled many cavities. Relax Adam, he was a dentist in the off season

  9. Chuck Foreman says:

    With Childress saying Farve plays the first half and then it’s Sage and Webb, sounds like Jackson won’t see action againt Seattle, that means he’s the bubble boy.

  10. c.carterhof says:

    Good Mornin’ all.
    13 days, 13, 13…hmm.
    To put it bluntly, #13 sucks.

    Mike Livingston 1980

    Steve Bono 1985-86

    Dave Bruno 1987

    Bucky Scribner 1987-89

    Gino Torretta 1993

    Cedric James 2002

    Shaun Hill 2003-05

    Kelly Holcomb 2007

    ???, I dunno. what do you guys think?

    • B. Grant says:

      I say Bucky, just for his name sake. Besides, he’s the best left-footed punter we ever had. That’s gotta count for something.

    • Fran the Man says:

      It’s got to be Gino!
      He’s the only Heisman trophy winning QB we ever had. And BOY, did he play like one.

  11. bigjohnny84 says:

    Agree Coach Bucky it has to be.

  12. phil says:

    berrian, 2nd round pick for moss

  13. Fran the Man says:

    I like that Berrian for Moss idea phil.
    But with the coaching staff (Well, childo anyway) still infatuated with Jackson, I’d say our biggest trade bait we have is Rosenfels and some dudes off the D-line.

    So. . .I say Rosenfels and either a 2nd string D-lineman or Berrian for Fitzgerald.

  14. phil says:

    fitzgerald is better than moss, but the patriots know that moss isnt going to come back after this year and he will most likely look to go to the vikings so maybe that will make the patriots want to trade him

  15. Fragile Freds says:

    Freds man is at it again!

    All you negative nellies out there who doubt coach of the year Brads is on top of the coaching profession, just check out this comment regarding the aquisition of Greg Camarillo:

    “I’ve said it about a thousand times, a receiver by definition should receive,” coach Brad Childress said.

    See that? See? That is Freds guy, coach of the year Brads. You morons who are critcal of him just don’t get it.

    Still not convinced? Here is more of Brads commenting on Camarillo, just read and learn:

    “He’s got A-plus hands. If you put a ball around him, he’s got great ‘pluck’ characteristics.”

    Yup…you read right. PLUCK. While lesser coaches are wasting time on 40 times, strength, jumping over stacked blue mats, cone drills, Coach of the year Brads is looking at Pluck.

    Let that be a lesson to you morons. You laughed a the rock/river testing, you thought a guy’s “wiggle” didn’t matter and the stream of concienceness was a joke. Now the other, lesser coaches will be measuring Pluck too.

    Brads, you are a damn genius!

  16. bigjohnny84 says:

    Freds, I’ll bet Childo is very happy to have you in his corner. Keep up the good work.

  17. Fran the Man says:

    “Your legs are your legs”
    Yep Freds, ‘Ol coach childo has got a million of ’em.

  18. c.carterhof says:

    Hey olderthandirt, hav’nt seen you in a while. How are you?

    By popular vote-
    It is 13 Bucky Scribner days til opening kickoff!
    Sorry Fran, no Gino!

  19. David says:

    Please, please, please keep Rosenfels and trade Tarvaris. Favre may be injured at some time and Jackson is not an NFL caliber QB. After last night, how could anyone think otherwise?

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