Purple Rumor Mill: The DEN Trade Idea, Tretter Sweepstakes, Booth’s Mini-Emergence

Purple Rumor Mill: The DEN Trade Idea, Tretter Sweepstakes, Booth's Mini-Emergence
Von Miller of Denver celebrates with Malik Reed. © Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com via Imagn Content Services, LLC.

VikingsTerritory‘s Purple Rumor Mill is a two-day chronicle each week. All the week’s rumors are lassoed and plopped in two spots — articles on Saturday and Sunday — for review. Today is the July 30th edition.

Remember — rumors are rumors. What you read on weekends in these pieces is what the world is talking about pertaining to the Vikings, not necessarily items that will come to fruition.



Rumor: The Vikings would be wise to trade with the Denver Broncos for EDGE Malik Reed.

Oct 31, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Malik Reed. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports.

This idea came from Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report. He theorized one trade every NFL should make, and for the Denver Broncos, he recommended EDGE rusher Malik Reed be shipped to Minnesota.

Consider this one some pundit’s best-case scenario — not a probable outcome.

Still, the Vikings could use an extra pass rusher. After the gruesome twosome (a compliment) of Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith, the depth is filled with hopeful-maybe types in Patrick Jones II, D.J. Wonnum, and Janarius Robinson.

General manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah would probably have to send a 4th-Rounder to Denver for Reed. Overall, this is unlikely to occur, but the sentiment of another credible pass rusher on the Vikings checks out.

Rumor: JC Tretter is now likely to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccanneers after the injury to Ryan Jensen, disqualifying hopes he’d eventually land in Minnesota.

PurplePTSD: Tretter Still Out There, the Top 100, Earning Respect
Aug 22, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports.

This is correct.

Ryan Jensen appears to be lost for the 2022 season — or at least several months — and the Buccaneers may not wish to leave anything to chance. Tretter, an absolutely phenomenal pass-blocking center, is the almighty free-agent contingency plan.

Curiously, Tretter has signed nowhere, even though he’s been available on the open market for over four months. Some folks have questioned his health. By this time, the questions are fair, as there is no other good reason for Tretter to marinate this long on the free-agent wire.

Vikings fans have clamored for this guy since St. Patrick’s Day. If Tampa Bay swoops and signs him to replace Jensen, Minnesota has no one to blame other than itself. Perhaps the Vikings new coaching staff really does love the platter of Garrett Bradbury, Ed Ingram, Chris Reed, and Austin Schlottmann as center candidates.

Rumor: Andrew Booth has the juice to steal a starting CB job in September.

Bleacher Report Labels Vikings Rookie as 'Player Who Could Disappoint'
Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. © Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK.

If a few days of training camp could end debates and determine roster spots, it would be silly to deny Booth a starting job. The rookie corner has looked marvelous out of the gate at Vikings training camp, putting Patrick Peterson and Cameron Dantzler on notice, although he respects those two to the utmost.

This is a terrific problem to have as a Vikings defensive coaching staff — too many good CBs.

We predicted Peterson and Dantzler would win the two outside starting cornerback jobs, and we might’ve got that badboy wrong.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).