As final roster cuts were made on Friday, the Minnesota Vikings followed that up by apparently making a trade as Arizona Cardinals cornerback A.J. Jefferson posted on his Twitter account he has been traded to Minnesota.
Exactly what the Vikings would give up in the trade is unknown, but a report suggests at least one draft pick is headed to Arizona. If the Vikings did not trade a player in the deal, they would have to make one more roster cut to make room for Jefferson on the 53-man roster.
Jefferson is entering his third NFL season after going undrafted in 2010 out of Fresno State. He saw action in just two games as a rookie but played all 16 games last season, starting seven, with one interception and 11 passes defensed.
Jefferson is considered to be better in run support than pass coverage, and that along with his size (listed at 6’1″, 190 lbs.) seems to make him a good fit for the base Cover-2 defense the Vikings employ. He is also not incredibly expensive, as he signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals back in March that included a $540,000 base salary, so it makes sense for the Vikings to take a chance on a player like him as they try to put together a competent secondary.