Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Some may remember Chris Kluwe as the former Minnesota Vikings punter who spent eight seasons with the team from 2005-2012. While others may remember Kluwe more for his not-so-quiet exit from Minnesota.

I was lucky enough to talk to the former Vikings punter recently about topics such as the team’s current punting situation, marijuana in the NFL, Colin Kaepernick, and whether or not he will making an appearance at U.S. Bank stadium anytime soon.

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In a move that some may consider a bit desperate, the Minnesota Vikings traded away a 2017 first round draft pick and an additional 2018 fourth round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Sam Bradford on Saturday. Apparently, the Vikings felt they needed to do something drastic to achieve success this season after losing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the entire season to a knee injury less than a week ago.

Bradford is just the sixth quarterback since 2001 to be dealt to another team in exchange for a first round draft selection. The five who preceded him include Carson Palmer, Jay Cutler, Matt Schaub, Drew Bledsoe, and Trent Green.

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The Vikings have traded for for quarterback Sam Bradford, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today.

 

We do not know the extent of the 2018 compensation yet, but the 2017 first rounder given away to obtain the services of Bradford is certainly a steep price to pay. Some might even call it “mortgaging the future,” which general manager Rick Spielman indicated he would not do earlier this week.

(UPDATE: The 2018 compensation is reportedly a fourth rounder.)

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With the deadline fast approaching for the Vikings to cut their roster to 53 players today, there is plenty of intrigue regarding what the Vikings will and won’t do, but the Minnesota Vikings trade rumors continue to steal the show in the aftermath of Teddy Bridgewater’s injury.

As Rick Spielman indicated, the Vikings appear to be checking in on the availability of quarterbacks, and Wade Phillips (perhaps mistaking his tweet for a text message) made an interesting appearance today.

Phillips quickly deleted his tweet, however, but not before the internet made it permanent leaving Vikings fans to wonder if Sam Bradford could soon be joining the team.

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