As the NFL Trade Deadline is approaching, there has been rumors that the Minnesota Vikings have made a deal to acquire an unnamed offensive tackle.
With last week being the end of the Minnesota Vikings undefeated streak, it was clear where the major hole on this loaded team was. The offensive line.
With quarterback Sam Bradford pressured on 90% of his dropbacks last week, there was major work to be done.
Multiple top offensive tackles have been said to be on the trade block. Most of all Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who has the top left tackle for years and been to nine straight pro bowls. Another name said to be on the block was 49ers tackle Joe Staley.
In the past few days both teams have said that neither of these players were on the trade block.
With the Vikings littered with injuries across their offensive line, a move could be possible. There is one problem. The Vikings are down to $885K in cap space, and they have already given up next year’s first round pick, along with a conditional pick for 2018.
Today during a press conference, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll mentioned this.
Does Pete Carroll have some inside information? That could be possible.
When Bradford was traded to the Vikings, Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips tweeted out something similar showing that he had a inside source about the trade news before it had even been announced.
So, who would the Vikings be targeting?
Going after Joe Thomas would be the best bet, but could the price be too high? He would plug in right away and give Bradford some ease on his blindside.
If the target was Joe Staley, he would also be a huge improvement over the current situation. He also has ties to Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano from their days together in San Francisco.
It will be interesting to see what happens from here. Hopefully the Vikings make a smart, and not desperate deal.