The National Football League trading deadline is, by far, the most anti-climactic of any trade deadline in the four major sports. Generally there are teams that know what they need, and there are rumors that get bandied about concerning teams that are looking to do this or that or the other thing. More often than not, however, nothing notable happens.
Such was the case at today’s NFL trade deadline, which came and went at 3:00 PM Central time this afternoon. As expected, the Minnesota Vikings did not make a trade for any offensive line help at today’s deadline, even though they absolutely could use some.
Minnesota really doesn’t have any salary cap space to swing any sort of potential trade, as the cap gymnastics that allowed them to sign offensive tackle Jake Long left them with right around half a million in salary cap space. It doesn’t help that Adrian Peterson and Matt Kalil, who combine for a salary cap hit of around $23 million, are on injured reserve.
However, it appears that the Vikings couldn’t work another cap miracle to bring in any help, so they’ll be rolling with the roster that they have for the rest of the season. Raise a glass to Sam Bradford’s health while you still can, folks.