For most NFL teams, the 2023-24 season has come to an end. It has left many wondering what the status of certain players will be. This includes Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson, who has one year left on his contract.
However, that year is going to cost the Vikings over $19 million. With the status of veteran QB Kirk Cousins in jeopardy, sports media personalities like Colin Cowherd speculated that the Vikings may consider trading Jefferson to move up in this upcoming draft. Here are three teams that should consider trading for Jefferson.
1. Washington Commanders
The Washington Commanders are in an interesting position here for two reasons. First of all, Washington is projected to have the most salary cap space available in 2024. As a result, the Commanders could potentially absorb Jefferson’s contract next season.
Another thing to consider is what pick the Commanders have in the 2024 NFL Draft. Right now, they hold the second overall pick. If Washington were to keep QB Sam Howell, trading for a star WR like Jefferson could give the Commanders a huge offensive weapon while giving up minimal draft capital.
2. New York Giants
If there is a team that could use a wide receiver, it is the New York Giants. They have failed to get this position right for nearly a decade now. It includes failing to keep talent such as Odell Beckham and Kadarius Toney.
On top of this, the Giants could potentially clear salary cap space after the 2024 season if they decide to move on from Daniel Jones. Whether New York chooses to go with Jones, Tommy DeVito, or someone else at quarterback in 2024, Jefferson would be a great weapon for that quarterback to have.
3. New England Patriots
Finally, let’s discuss the New England Patriots. As mentioned above, Colin Cowherd proposed this trade on his show yesterday. While some people think it is crazy, it does make some sense.
On the Vikings’ side, they can move up significantly in the draft if they are looking to do a full rebuild. New England also has significant salary cap space to absorb Jefferson’s contract.
The problem is in Cowherd’s trade, they would not have a solid quarterback to throw the ball to Jefferson. Mac Jones was benched multiple times this season. As a result, it is hard to imagine the Patriots moving forward with Jones.