The league’s 3 p.m. CDT trade deadline has come and gone without the Vikings making a deal.
That’s not really surprising. For starters, typically the NFL trade deadline is by far the quietest of the four major American professional sports leagues. Although, there were a couple of trades today, with the one-win Buccaneers trading linebacker Jonathan Casillas to their major-league affiliates, the Patriots, and also sending safety Mark Barron, the seventh overall pick in 2012, to the Rams.
But it seemed highly unlikely the Vikings would make a deal, especially with them sitting at 3-5.
Sure, there are some areas on the depth chart that could have been patched over for the short term, but that wouldn’t mesh with the long-term plan of general manager Rick Spielman, who covets picks, in part because they allow him to move around on draft day and land the prospects he loves.
As for assets they could sell off, the Vikings did not have much to offer. Outside linebacker Chad Greenway could be playing his last season in Minnesota, but I’m not sure how much value, if any, he would have on the trade market. And while wide receiver Greg Jennings hasn’t lived up to his big contract, they would have had to eaten a super-sized cap hit next season had they dealt him. Plus, would it make much sense to trade your only veteran wide-out when developing a rookie QB?
In the end, I’m sure some phone calls were placed and received today over at Winter Park. But for a young, rebuilding team, it probably wouldn’t have made much sense for the Vikings to make a deal.
Two paragraphs from La Velle E. Neal’s Monday update on the Twins’ managerial search:
The Twins on Friday expressed interested in speaking with Joe Maddon, who opted out of his contract managing the Rays and became a free agent. According to the source, the Twins had not contacted Maddon as of Monday but are keeping that option open.
To do that, the Twins would have to extend their search into November, which isn’t likely. All signs point to the club making its decision sometime this week on a new manager.
In other words: The Twins said they were interested in talking to Maddon; a weekend passed and they still haven’t tried to do that. If they really want to do that, they will have to stretch out their search. But indications are they are going to name a manager this week, so why even bother trying to go after Maddon?
This line of thinking is, well, maddening (Maddoning?). We will reiterate two things we have said multiple times regarding the Twins and Maddon: 1) If the Twins really have an interest, then they should show that interest and do something about it. Call Maddon’s people. If they get rebuffed, that’s fine. 2) If we were running the Twins, we would essentially give Maddon a blank check. Does he want $5 million a year? Fine. How about $6 million a year? Sure. Because in modern baseball, the number of impact free agents at that price are few and far between — and far less likely to have the kind of impact a very good manager could have.
No offense to Paul Molitor or Torey Lovullo, who are said to be the front-runners for the job, but neither has even close to the track record of Maddon. If the Twins have, in fact, reached out to Maddon and been rejected but won’t say so because they are worried about offending other candidates or making an eventual hire be perceived as a second choice, they shouldn’t be. A lot of good coaches weren’t the first choice. Two of them are leading the Gophers football and men’s basketball programs right now. The public perception backlash is greater if the perception is that the Twins didn’t even really try for Maddon.
This is about exploring a unique opportunity — one that probably wouldn’t work, but you never know.
Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has been nominated for Rookie of the Week. He’s one of five rookies nominated for the award but the only defensive player.
Barr scored on a 27-yard fumble recovery during the first play from scrimmage in overtime to give the Vikings the 19-13 victory. He also had eight tackles and a sack on Sunday.
Fans can vote here on the award. Barr is the third Vikings rookie to be nominated for the award. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater won the award during Week 4, while running back Jerick McKinnon was nominated the same week.