The P/PTSD Perspective: A Turned Down Trade, Former GM’s Advice, & Contract Shenanigans

Vikings Draft Party
Jul 28, 2022; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah looks on during training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

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1) The Vikings Turned Down a Trade in the First Round of the 2023 Draft: Doing so allowed Kevin O’Connell to keep his word. The head coach told the receiver Minnesota would select him and the team followed through. Part of the cost of doing business was turning down a trade option that was present.

Have a New Draft
Feb 28, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo‐Mensah speaks to the press at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports.

2) The Vikings Got Good News Regarding a Potential Dalvin Cook Trade: An ongoing saga, Dalvin Cook remains on the Vikings roster. Plenty of teams could use his talents (including a prominent one in the NFC). Truth be told, the Vikings are better when Cook is in the backfield. Even still, the allure of more cap room is strong.

3) Former Vikings GM Has 2 Free Agents in Mind for Minnesota: I’ve been pushing for Justin Houston for a long time. Obviously, the opinion of Jeff Diamond carries far, far more weight than my tiny voice. Perhaps the team will lean on their added cap room to pull something off.

4) The Tomfoolery & Shenanigans Behind the Vikings’ 3-Year Deal with TE Josh Oliver: A Kwesi classic, the Josh Oliver deal isn’t particularly straightforward. The GM – alongside plenty of help from cap expert Rob Brzezinski – moved money around to make the cap hit easy to digest in 2023.

Do the Unexpected
Sep 18, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Josh Oliver (84) reacts during the game against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports.

5) ESPN Analysts Predicts One More Vikings Move for the 2023 Offseason: Basically everyone in the state of Minnesota will agree with what the ESPN analyst is calling for. Justin Jefferson, it turns out, knows how to play football. Keep him in town for a while.

Enjoy the extra reading, Vikings fans.