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Vikings trading Stephen Weatherly to Broncos for seventh-round pick

The veteran is heading west

Minnesota Vikings v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

One year ago today, the Minnesota Vikings sent defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens for a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Today, during their bye week, they’ve traded another defensive end to the AFC.

The return isn’t quite as large.

Per numerous reports, the Vikings are sending defensive end Stephen Weatherly to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Vikings are also sending a 2023 seventh-round pick to Denver along with Weatherly in the deal.

Weatherly was originally drafted by the Vikings in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Vanderbilt and spent his first four NFL seasons with the purple. He departed for the Carolina Panthers for the 2020 season, and played half the season for the Panthers before being placed on injured reserve. He was released by the Panthers this past February and signed with the Vikings again in March on a one-year deal.

Weatherly reportedly took a pay cut before the start of the season, cutting approximately $500,000 off of his salary. His share of the snaps at defensive end has steadily declined throughout the early portion of this season, and now he gets to join a Denver team that will likely give him a greater opportunity to get on the field.

Again, the Minnesota Vikings are sending defensive end Stephen Weatherly to the Denver Broncos for a 2022 seventh-round draft pick. Best of luck to him going forward.