It is the day of the trade deadline and many teams are scrambling to try and improve their teams. While the Packers have been heavily involved in rumors, it is still unclear whether they will make a move. One NFC North rival, the Vikings, is not staying put at the deadline. The Vikings just made a trade to acquire Pro Bowl tight end TJ Hockenson.
Vikings Trade For TJ Hockenson
The newest member of the #Vikings: TJ Hockenson.
A huge deal, with the #Vikings sending a 2023 2nd rounder and a 2024 fourth rounder for Hockenson, a 2023 fourth rounder and a 2024 conditional fourth rounder. pic.twitter.com/ryxNrHzGP8
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 1, 2022
Trading in the division is usually not something that happens. However, it seems the interests of the Vikings and the Lions aligned. The Vikings made a trade to acquire TJ Hockenson before the deadline. The Vikings are sending a 2023 second-round pick and a 2024 fourth-round pick. They also receive some fourth-round picks from the Lions as well. The Vikings are looking to make a Super Bowl run as they sit at 6-1 but feel a tier below the NFC’s elite.
Vikings Want To Make A Run; Lions Want To Tank
The Vikings are trying to make a run for the division. They have a commanding lead over the Packers and are looking to secure their position even further. Hockenson is an upgrade for them and gives quarterback Kirk Cousins another weapon on the field. The Lions have basically waved the white flag on the season. They are already looking toward 2023 and trying to acquire as much draft capital as possible. This is the second big trade that the Vikings and Lions have made recently. On draft night the Lions traded for the Vikings’ pick to select a wide receiver, Jameson Williams.
It makes sense that the Vikings want to make this trade but it doesn’t spell doom for the Packers. The division is probably out of reach at this point but the playoffs aren’t. Also, as long as Cousins is at the helm for the Vikings I am not worried. The Vikings trade for TJ Hockenson is definitely a win-now move. Let’s see if it pays off for them.