The Vikings were left with a gigantic hole in the middle of their defense when new nose tackle Michael Pierce, the biggest (and one of the only) free agency acquisition of this cap strapped off-season, opted-out of the 2020 season because of his concerns about his asthma and the potential that he will contract COVID by playing.
That left the Vikings scrambling with little cap space and even less time before the season starts next month.
They have reportedly made a move to at least add competition (with Vikings like Jaleel Johnson), depth and potentially a starter at the spot held down by the recently released Linval Joseph with aplomb and excellent results.
Vikings trade 7th-round pick for DT PJ Hall | KFAN 100.3 FMhttps://t.co/4bMGl7ybr3
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The Vikings traded a 7th-round pick, general manager Rick Spielman’s apparent favorite pick, for Raider’s defensive tackle PJ Hall. Or rather, the Vikings will end up giving the Raiders a 7th-rounder if Hall is listed on the 53-man roster for six or more regular season games.
That should happen, as Hall has played in 28 of the possible 32 games the last two seasons, which gives him more experience than the other options the Vikings have at the position.
During the 2019 season, Hall had 26 total tackles, five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Hardly Linval Joseph numbers, but it is at least something where it felt as if the Vikings had next to nothing.
Hall joins other defensive players like Cameron Dantzler, Jeff Gladney, and DJ Wonnum and James Lynch as parts of the new Vikings defense I am dubbing “Spielmer/Zimman 2: This time it’s Probably gonna be ruined by COVID before the Offensive Line Can Do it.”
I kid because I love.