Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes have been two of the most talked about Minnesota Vikings in the lead up to the offseason as both have been named as potential cornerbacks that could be on the move. MMQB's Albert Breer is fanning the flames on that possibility with his write up prior to the start of the legal tampering window in NFL free agency.
"Corner is another position that’s considered weak (word is that Ronald Darby, even coming off an ACL injury, could bring in over $12 million per) where teams could get creative," Breer writes. "To that end, I’m told teams have been calling the Vikings asking about trading for corners Xavier Rhodes and (Trae) Waynes. The former is absolutely better than any of this year’s free agents at the position, and the latter may be too. Now, Minnesota’s not giving those guys away. But for the right price …"
A trade of Waynes or Rhodes would make sense in theory, as the team has taken steps in the last year or so to build their depth and give themselves some more flexibility at the cornerback position. Cutting or trading Waynes would save the Vikings just over $9 million in cap space this season. However, Rhodes would carry a $7 million dead cap hit with being sent away before June 1, so it does not seem like a team strapped for money would go that route.