Paul Allen on KFAN: Vikings Could Still Make a Trade for “Lineman or Line-men”

The Vikings may pull the trigger on another trade before the regular season.

Paul Allen, radio host of the “Nine to Noon” program on KFAN and voice of the Vikings, said on the air today that the Vikings may not be done making moves.

Allen suggested that the team may look to trade a defensive back for an experienced, starting offensive lineman to protect quarterback Kirk Cousins. Now, the topic of debate becomes who that defensive back may be.

Because of the acquisition of safety George Iloka, the Vikings have a surplus of talent in the secondary. It makes sense for the team to trade from a position of strength to address a position of need, but can the right deal be reached?

Possible trade candidates

Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander, Anthony Harris and Jayron Kearse have to be seen as the likeliest candidates to be traded. Cornerbacks like Holton Hill, Craig James and Horace Richardson could also be traded, but they don’t hold near enough value to receive a starting offensive lineman in return. Their presence and upside, however, make it possible for the team to be comfortable trading one of their upper-tier defensive backs.


Waynes is the only starter in the candidate pool. He also has the most trade value. With the emergence of rookie cornerback Mike Hughes, he may be looked at as a dispensable commodity. However, he’s a former first-rounder, bonafide starter and one of Zimmer’s first draft picks as a head coach. It may be a stretch to think the team would move on from an improving 26 year-old cornerback.


Alexander may be the most plausible trade candidate. He doesn’t have a ton of value to the team if coaches think Hughes can play the slot. Plus, there’s an experienced backup on the roster in veteran Terence Newman. In fact, an article published this morning on NFL.com named Alexander as a “trade candidate.” Here’s what Gregg Rosenthal said of the 24 year-old:

Mackensie Alexander, CB, Minnesota Vikings: First-round pick Mike Hughes might win the starting nickel job, with veteran Terence Newman also coming off the bench. That doesn’t leave much room for 2016 second-rounder Alexander, who suffered an ankle injury that could jeopardize his status for Week 1.


Carrying five safeties on the roster is a lot, even with Iloka playing a hybrid LB role. Could another team be interested in acquiring Harris or Kearse and making them a starting safety? Harris is a restricted free agent following the season, which increases his value to a new team. Plus, his cap hit in 2018 is only $705K. In three starts last season, the 27 year-old earned a 75.4 Pro Football Focus grade.


Kearse, 24, is under contract through the 2019 season. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound safety physically fits the mold of what Zimmer likes in a defensive back, but he hasn’t received a ton of playing time. In 15 games played last season he earned a 65.7 PFF grade. It’s highly unlikely a team would give up a starting offensive lineman for Kearse, but he still holds potential that could bring back a decent return for the Vikings in a trade.

Allen may not be 100% accurate when it comes to Vikings rumors, but in the past he has been rather precise with his speculation. Most recently he suggested the team would make a “sneaky trade” for an offensive lineman sometime this preseason. Well, that happened on Sunday when the Vikings traded with the New York Giants to acquire offensive lineman Brett Jones.

Will Allen’s latest conjecture come to fruition? We’ll find out within ten days.

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's a Vikings optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find him on the golf course during summer and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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Gordon Guffey
Gordon Guffey
2 years ago

I don’t know much ~ However I don’t see Wayne’s going anywhere ~

Alexander is could see ~ I think he still has value as a CB but maybe not as a Nickle ~ Not everyone can play the slot ~ That’s been proven over and over ~

Harris and Kearse might have value for a team looking to get something for a player they know they are going to cut ~

Speaking of player who would have thought they would see something like this ~ Sometimes their is a reason team want to move a player ~

Browns cut Mychal Kendricks
Posted by Charean Williams on August 29, 2018, 8:45 PM EDT

The Browns have given Antonio Callaway and Josh Gordon second chances, but Mychal Kendricks won’t get one.


Reply to  Gordon Guffey
2 years ago

Ian Rapoport on the NFL Network is also speculating that Alexander could be traded. Now that we have Jones, though, I think a future draft pick is the more likely price, but could he get even a fourth rounder? I doubt it, in which case, would a trade be worth it. Now, a package deal of him, Harris, one of the DE’s and one of the wideouts might get a marginal starting offensive lineman, but how likely would such a trade be on the verge of the season opener? Has any team suffered such a rash of injuries on defense that they now find themselves in need of depth at several positions?

I think the best we can expect is Alexander for some other high draftee looking for a change of scenery or a fifth to seventh rounder.

Color me skeptical.

Gordon Guffey
Gordon Guffey
Reply to  cka2nd
2 years ago

Hey cka2nd ~ Long time no see ~

After thinking about it more I don’t see them trading Alexander now ~ His value isn’t where it should be ~ He is not fit for the Nickle job ~ JMHO they need to move him back outside ~

We have till game 8 to make trades ~ Maybe Zimmer can get him back up to speed playing outside ~

Reply to  Gordon Guffey
2 years ago

Hi Gordon. I finally got over being intimidated by all of the comments over at Daily Norseman and started throwing in my two cents over there, which has taken up a lot of my time. Hopefully, I can get back here to VT more often.