The Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison has been the subject of trade rumors for the last couple of months. They were really heavy around cutdown day at the end of August but the Vikings didn’t make a move.
Now that the trade deadline is five days away, those talks have been rekindled per Heavy’s Matt Lombardo.
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) October 27, 2022
One of the reasons that the Vikings didn’t move on from Mattison around cutdown day was due to starting running back Dalvin Cook having a history of getting injured. He has immense value to the Vikings for that reason. They have been using him more on third down with Cook re-injuring his shoulder in week three.
The trade market is likely too low for the Vikings to make a trade, as James Robinson, who arguably has a better track record than Mattison does, went to the Jets for a conditional fifth-round pick. With the Vikings prioritizing Mattison, the likely asking price is likely high, with it potentially being a third-round pick.
With the Vikings making a run for the NFC North title, keeping a key depth piece is the smart move.