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Report: Vikings make trade with Jets for TE Chris Herndon

A high-upside acquisition

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With top tight end Irv Smith Jr. dealing with a knee issue, the Minnesota Vikings are in need of some depth at tight end. Today, in the middle of all the roster cuts, they went out and got some.

Numerous sources are indicating that the Vikings will be making a deal with the New York Jets for tight end Chris Herndon. The compensation that the Vikings will be giving up has not been announced, but I wouldn’t expect that it would be very much.

Herndon was the Jets’ fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami. He had a promising rookie season, catching 39 passes for 502 yards and four touchdowns. He missed nearly all of the 2019 season between a four-game suspension for substance abuse and a season-ending injury upon his return. In 2020, he caught 31 passes, but only gained 287 yards on those receptions with three touchdowns.

If Herndon can stay healthy, this could potentially be a significant gain for the Vikings’ offense. We’ll have to see what the compensation is, but this should give the Vikings someone that can step in and be productive right away.

Welcome to Minnesota, Chris Herndon!