Former NFLer Praises Someone Named Braylon Addison, Says Vikes Should Trade Justin Jefferson

Forbes Writer Calls Vikings Trades 'Rookie Mistakes'
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Have you ever heard of Braylon Addison? He’s evidently an unsung Minnesota Vikings player capable of making the club forget all about Justin Jefferson.

Presumably referring to Jordan Addison, former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Kyle Long stated his case this week on CBS Sports airwaves for the Vikings to trade Jefferson in a since-deleted tweet.

Former NFLer Praises Someone Named Braylon Addison, Says Vikes Should Trade Justin Jefferson

The Vikings drafted Addison in Round 1 of last year’s draft, and the newcomer took Minnesota’s offense by storm — so much so that he earned placement in ESPN’s Top 10 Rookie list.

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And he’s so good and perhaps closetly named Braylon that Minnesota could afford sending Jefferson to the highest bidder. “The Minnesota Vikings, you need to trade Justin Jefferson. Because you’ve got the best receiver in football, but you didn’t win a Super Bowl. Kirk Cousins had an awesome year, but you’ve got other weapons in Braylon Addison, a number of receivers, you’ve got a great tight end there, you’ve got a coordinator, a great offensive mind at head coach,” Long spitballed.

Jefferson and the Vikings front office have expressed enthusiasm about reaching a contract extension for the last 12 months.

Long added, “Go get rid of Justin Jefferson. Get a ton of other great players.”

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Eleven months ago, Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah declared at the 2023 NFL Combine, referring to Jefferson, “I don’t want to be the Vikings’ GM without that guy on our team.”

Ironically, Long’s theory isn’t exclusive. The Pioneer Press published a similar theory recently, claiming Minnesota should — you guessed it — trade Jefferson to stockpile draft assets for the future. “There could be a better chance of Jefferson, 24, getting traded than anybody’s saying. That’s because it doesn’t make sense to pay the NFL’s best receiver the money he wants (expected to be at least $150 million over five years) on a team that’s not expected to be seriously competitive for several more years,” Pioneer Press’ Charley Walters opined.

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If Minnesota traded Jefferson, it would likely secure two 1st-Round draft picks and extra deal sweetener. However, no credible voice inside or outside the organization has hinted at a trade as an option.

Walters added, “The market for Jefferson would depend on where a team trading for him is picking in April’s draft. But it would be more than two first-round picks. Trading Jefferson for high draft picks would allow the Vikings to rebuild the way the Lions and Bears have done the last two years, from the ground up.”

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Bleacher Report and SKOR North have also broadcast trade-Jefferson fodder in the last few days.

Neither any mentioned Braylon Addisons.


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 Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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