Rick Spielman Predicts Outrageous Trade Price for Vikings

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If you believe the Minnesota Vikings will scoot out of the 2024 NFL Draft with a reasonable trade price for a quarterback of the future, Rick Spielman disagrees.

Rick Spielman Predicts Outrageous Trade Price for Vikings

Spielman was in charge of the Vikings for 16 years, so the man knows a little bit about trade negotiations. He was actually known as Trader Rick based on his affinity for deal-making with other franchises.

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Last week, now working as an analyst at The 33rd Team, he weighed in on the would-be trade price for Minnesota and chose the New England Patriots as the theoretical draft partner. Per Spielman’s estimation, the swap could cost Minnesota three 1st-Rounders and a 3rd-Rounder, not just the “popular” three 1st-Round picks that Vikings fans are already pondering.

“Here’s what it’s gonna cost you: you’re gonna give me your two first-round picks this year, I can agree with … that. It’s gonna cost you a third-rounder this year, and I want a first-rounder in 2025. Technically, when I’m looking at this, a first-rounder in 2025 is worth a second-rounder this year,” Spielman told Charles Davis on The 33rd Team’s site.

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In excess of three 1st-Rounders blow consensus theory out of the water for Minnesota’s plans — and might even sideline some fans from endorsing the trade. There might be limits to the madness.

Here’s what Spielman’s proposal would look like:

Vikings Receive:
2024 1st-Rounder (No. 3)

Patriots Receive:
2024 1st-Rounder (No. 11)
2024 1st-Rounder (No. 23)
2025 1st-Rounder
2025 3rd-Rounder

If the Vikings or Patriots take the deal, Minnesota would likely draft Drake Maye of Michigan or J.J. McCarthy of Michigan, as Caleb Williams to the Chicago Bears and Jayden Daniels to the Washington Commanders nearly feel like forgone conclusions in early April.

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Spielman has actually been full of Vikings-themed takes recently. He also floated a Justin Jefferson trade in the same interview: “If you are really interested in coming up for your quarterback, Minnesota Vikings, I will take the two ones for you to get up there, and I have to have a one next year because you don’t have a two this year. So I’m gonna get the one next year, but I’m willing to forfeit that for Justin Jefferson.”

The Vikings have one year remaining on Jefferson’s contract and could, in theory, franchise tag him twice. So any trade mention of Jefferson is a little wild, especially because the Vikings’ brass has stated ad nauseam for a year its desire to keep the playmaker for the long haul.

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Left up to Spielman, though, three 1st-Rounders + change and a Jefferson trade could be in play.

The NFL draft is 16 days away.

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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