Courtney Cronin of ESPN has floated the idea that the Vikings might be willing to trade CB Xavier Rhodes in an effort to bolster their offensive line.
“The Vikings trade cornerback Xavier Rhodes,” writes Cronin. “Mike Zimmer would likely fight tooth and nail against losing one of his star defensive players. But Minnesota’s best chance at bolstering its weakest link — the offensive line — might come from cutting into an area where the Vikings are OK depthwise and have valuable trade leverage. Coming off the most difficult season of his career, Rhodes will turn 29 ahead of the 2019 campaign and account for $13.4 million against the salary cap. Minnesota’s crop of cornerback talent is in a good spot with Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander, Mike Hughes (who is coming off an ACL injury) and the early rise of undrafted free agent Holton Hill. Trading Rhodes now, knowing they’re in a good spot with their rest of their corners, could provide the Vikings with an option to garner more talent for the O-line.”
While I’m not buying into the Vikings actually trading Rhodes, I do like the idea of a veteran in the secondary. Xavier is not only that but arguably one of the top 5 at his position. While he is nearly 30, he does have some tread left on that tires.
After watching that video…. I’ll say yes to this, of course if the price is right.