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Should the Vikings trade for a cornerback or sign one as a free agent?

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There is some speculation that the Vikings could/should make a trade for a cornerback and one of them involves Marshon Lattimore. I do not think the team has the draft capital to get Lattimore and there are some free agents still out there. I think they should be very careful with their few draft assets. Plus, will Lattimore make that much of a difference and even though he has two years left on his deal, he might want more money. He gets 15M this year, 18M in 2025, and 18.5M in 2026.


Grading a Vikings-Saints trade to give Marshon Lattimore a new home

Here is a trade that Ryan Fowler of Bleacher Report proposed for the Vikings to acquire Lattimore.
Minnesota Vikings: CB Marshon Lattimore
New Orleans Saints: 2025 Fifth-Round Pick & 2026 Sixth-Round Pick
There is no other way to say it other than the compensation coming the Saints’ way is nowhere near enough to merit sending him to Minneapolis.
I messed around with the trade machine a little bit, and here is the most fair deal I could come up with
Minnesota Vikings:
CB Marshon Lattimore
New Orleans Saints:
2025 First-Round Pick
2025 Seventh-Round Pick (From Dallas)
2026 Second-Round Pick
2024 Fourth-Round Pick

That may seem like a steep haul, but hear me out. The Vikings are acquiring a hall-of-fame level talent still in the midst of his prime at a premium position. You need to approach roughly $20 million in assets going the other way realistically land Lattimore. This is a hard salary cap, and every dollar is a precious commodity. In this scenario, the Vikings are only paying a $170K premium in APY to get him.


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Cousins’ move down south didn’t fully surprise the Vikings’ top target.
“Yeah and no,” Jefferson said on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Tuesday when asked if he was surprised when his quarterback left. “I always knew Kirk was going to do whatever he needs to do for his business-wise. I just knew that everything wasn’t the way he wanted it to be here. Especially just with having to pay me and having to pay so many other different guys, I feel like he just wanted a new start. A new opportunity to start with Atlanta and a clean slate. I’m not mad at him at all for that. I’m grateful for what he has brought to me, and the things that we have accomplished together, but at the end of the day it’s a business. You have to do what you have to do for yourself and your family. I clearly understand that. It’s on to the next. It doesn’t really matter what quarterback it is in my eyes, I’m always going to make the best of the opportunity. Always going to try to be the quarterback’s friend and make his job a lot easier. It doesn’t matter if it’s Kirk or if it’s Sam [Darnold] or it’s J.J. [McCarthy]. I’m going to make it as easy as possible for them.”
“I feel like Sam is doing a great job with just communicating and just connecting with the players,” Jefferson said. “He understands that he’s the new guy, and we have to bond with him. We have to create that connection and chemistry with him. He’s an older guy, it’s not like he’s new to the league. He knows how to socialize, how to talk and communicate with us. Not only just about football, but just talking about different things. Just like how me and Kirk [Cousins] used to do. To have Sam in there, more of a veteran, older mindset, and to have J.J. [McCarthy] come in and learn from him as well is definitely something that we needed. I think it’ll be great for J.J. as well.”

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“He was one of the first guys who popped, really, just because he’s so big and he has [good] feet. He wasn’t perfect, but there’s a lot to work with – a lot of tools that [Vikings offensive line coach Chris Kuper] can work with. And [Vikings General Manager] Kwesi [Adofo-Mensah] really liked him, Kup’ really liked him, I liked him, and the scouts liked him. There was collective buy-in on him.
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Wide receiver Justin Jefferson, the league’s Offensive Player of the Year two seasons ago, is back with a lucrative extension and a TBD new QB.
How quickly Jefferson develops a rapport with said signal-caller—veteran Sam Darnold or first-rounder J.J. McCarthy—will go a long way toward influencing the team’s finish at the dawn of the post-Kirk Cousins era.
A veteran defense, which finished eighth in the league in the fewest rush yards allowed last season, should be a stabilizer. Minnesota was already facing a transitional season before tragedy struck the organization on July 6, when rookie cornerback Khyree Jackson was among three people killed in a three-car crash in Maryland.


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Title: Vikings Links: Should the Vikings trade for a cornerback or sign one as a free agent?
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