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last week , News appeared That our Vikings decided to barter Mike Hughes and VII at Kansas City Chiefs just to pick round 6. At first glance, Mike Hughes’ trade doesn’t mean anything fundamental to our Vikings, so we need to dig a little deeper to untangle what might happen.
We wrote about Hughes not long ago to address the news Minnesota turned down his choice in the fifth year. Here’s what we said at the end: “To be clear, Hughes’s career is not over, and it is quite possible that he can pull everything together and start to become a really good player. We must also make it clear that turning down his choice in Year 5 does not necessarily mean that his career with the Vikings has occurred. It’s over.If he plays well and remains healthy, it could end up being Minnesota interested in bringing him back. There’s a reason he picked 30 overall, and he’s still only 24. Fans shouldn’t hold their breath, but the hope here is that Hughes will finally be able to survive. Healthy and starting to be a meaningful contributor on Game Day ‘
Just over a week after writing these words, my (albeit conservative) optimism has proven unfounded.
The fact that KC can get Hughes for only a sixth is quite surprising, even with his history of injuries. Let’s not forget that Kansas City is one of the best teams in the NFL, so their pick will come at the end of the tour. That means Minnesota is offloading Hughes to go maybe ten or twenty points. I suppose there is potential for more value because it looks like Minnesota will be Get better KC hex, But still not much as opposed to the previous first role selection who is still only 24 years old.
In fact, there should be more of the story, and the first place to look is the Minnesota salary cap. Check out the tweet below:
Mike Hughes’ trade frees up $ 1.83 million in cover space (with $ 1.3 million in dead money). This gives # Vikings Nearly $ 6.6 million in cover space after signing for the junior class, plus another $ 7.9 million after June 1.
They have a lot of money to work with.
Will Ragatz (@WillRagatz) May 13, 2021
$ 6.6 million is a ton of money at this point out of season, especially given the hurdles presented by Covid Cap. They’ll add another $ 7.9 million, so Minnesota is well positioned to do another step or two. Richard Sherman appears unlikely, however PFF Indicates that Brian Poole is still available. Poole is a corner of the Khans, and they have ranked 12th in their ranking over the past two seasons. Nickell Robey-Coleman is another name to remember at the corner, and there are still a few interesting veteran offensive and defensive line men.
We might also understand Mike Hughes’ trade as an indication that Zim is confident in the depth of the corner. Earlier today, I was listening to a video released by FTW Magenta. They suggested that Hughes’ trade might indicate that Minnesota would not only keep Jeff Gladney, but perhaps a legal decision on the horizon.
# Vikings CB depth:
• McKinsey Alexander
Jeff Gladney (possibly)
• Chris Boyd
• Dylan Mapen
– Sean Borman (@SeanBormanNFL) May 13, 2021
Peterson Danzler Alexander considers third-place tough. I’ve always been a fan of Chris Boyd, and Harrison Hand had some positive moments during his rookie year. Fans shouldn’t be 100% confident in this corner kit, but it’s much better than last season.
Overall, it’s surprising seeing Minnesota get so little for Hughes, but they likely had other plans. The added funds are more likely to be used well. I, for example, wouldn’t be disappointed at all if we added another streak player, nor would I be upset to bring another veteran corner to the competition. Heck, Slick Rick might do a big deal. I think we’ll have to wait and see.
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