Jefferson traded to Vikings

Posted by Darren Urban on August 31, 2012 – 11:38 pm

UPDATE: The trade has been officially completed. The Vikings get A.J. Jefferson. The trade involves “an exchange of undisclosed, conditional 2013 draft picks.” I’d think that would mean a swap of picks between the teams, meaning the Cards get one, the Vikings get one. We’ll find out the rounds involved as we get closer to the draft, but I can’t imagine we’re talking about high picks here. Conditional usually means it’s based on the play of the player involved, so Jefferson’s performance — or at least, the number of games he plays, or something like that — will make an impact.

Well, this is one way to relieve the logjam of defensive backs the Cards have — cornerback A.J. Jefferson tonight tweeted out he was being traded, and then tweeted it was to the Vikings. Nothing has been officially announced. Kent Somers reported draft picks are part of the equation. I would assume the trade will be announced sometime over the weekend. If Jefferson is dealt for a pick or two, it would give the Cards an open roster spot, which could be filled, for instance, with another linebacker, since the Cards are a little thin in that category right now with only seven. I’m still curious to see if the look at another offensive lineman.

It was a wild ride for Jefferson in two-plus years, from an undrafted guy that was inactive almost his whole rookie season to suddenly being a starter after the lockout to being benched halfway through last season. It seemed like his spot on the team was tenuous anyway. If the Cards decide to hang on to 10 defensive backs now — five cornerbacks, five safeties — it means, among others, that Michael Adams has once again prevailed to make the roster. There is no better story than Adams creating the kind of NFL career he has.

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42 Responses to “Jefferson traded to Vikings”

  1. By brad oneill on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    the vikings kept more linebackers than they needed so we probably get one of their lbs in exchange. although i would love more draft picks.

  2. By theuglitruth on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    I see the VIkes are trying to get Trevor Guyton to the practice squad…would love to see him added as depth at 5T DE.

  3. By Daniel on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Hello Darren.

    what did we get for Jefferson?

  4. By Michael S. on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Awesome. Making up for some lost picks.

  5. By Jzoully on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply


    Off subject but is there a possibility that we release Kevin Kolb and bring in another quarterback who is less expensive since John Skelton is the obvious starter?

  6. By Darren Urban on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Jzoully —

    RE: Kolb

    Less expensive doesn’t help. Kolb is a bigger cap hit if cut, and his salary is only $1M, so getting “less expensive” would be difficult.

  7. By EX on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Do you foresee a KOLB trade at all in the near future? OR do you think we will keep him the rest of this year because he is possibly our best second option?

  8. By EX on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    The reason i ask is because of KOLB’S Absurd contract, unless he accepts a paycut

  9. By Darren Urban on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    EX —

    RE: Kolb

    As I have said a few times, Kolb is only making $1M. From that standpoint, it’s not absurd, especially for a backup.

  10. By Tim in NJ on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    If true, its a great move by GM Rod Graves. GM Graves goes under the NFL radar but all he has done over the past few years is re-sign every good Cardinal player (Fitz, Wilson, Dockett, Campbell, etc.) and replace the againg stars who left (K.Dansby) with a young player just as good (D.Washington).

    Even the Kolb deal im ok with. Skelton earned the starting job but the NFL season is very long and when Kolb gets a chance to get back in there I expect him to do very well.

    Go Cardinals!
    Tim in NJ

  11. By cbsphx on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    This highlights that the willingness and effort to play special teams keeps a lot of guys employed. Darren, was there ever any story to Stephen Williams not wanting to play special teams, or simply not being any good at it? I’d seen Sampson play, but never noticed Williams play. Kid had a lot of physical tools but it seems a low motor.

  12. By clssylssy on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    I have noticed lately that the Cardinal Organization is very slow in getting out any kind of official statement and that outside news sources seem to break the story first. I always come here to see if you have posted anything and, other than Mike Florio, find other sportswriters suspect. Is there some reason why we can’t get the story first from you? Is there a leak inside the organization?

  13. By Darren Urban on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    clssy —

    RE: News

    In yesterday’s case, the player himself decided to spread the news. Teams usually want to wait until all the ducks are in a row — in the Jefferson case, waiting to make sure he passed Minnesota’s physical. Sometimes agents (actually, most of the time, it is agents) like to leak stuff early. Sometimes, someone in the organization might. I can only report what I know. I’m not the only one trying to track stuff down.

    Trust me, I’d love to report everything first. Sometimes I will, sometimes I won’t.

  14. By AB on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    I am glad to see Michael Adams continues to find success in the NFL. Hard work does pay off.

  15. By cdj on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    wish him all the luck i figured something like this would have happened

  16. By Alan on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you A J for the time here. Good Luck in Minnesota!!!

  17. By Brent on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    I guess you can’t judge the trade until you see the picks, but it does not sound like much, which is a little disappointing for a decent corner. Seems like he may have been worth more in a trade for a similarly decent OLB straight across.

  18. By georgiebird on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Hope this is not a back door way to bring Haggans back

  19. By scott on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    So would the swap of picks be us giving a 6th for a 5th. Or just swapping picks within the same round.

  20. By Darren Urban on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Scott —

    RE: Picks

    Don’t know, but an example like the former is likely.

  21. By AzDesertRat1953 on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    So Darren, would the pick(s) we get for AJ be like in the top 15 or 20 in one of the draft rounds?

    Like you said, “Jefferson’s performance — or at least, the number of games he plays, or something like that — will make an impact.”

    Or am I asking for to much?

    GO CARDS!!!

  22. By Darren Urban on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    AzDesert —

    RE: Picks

    It’ll depend on where the Vikings finish.

  23. By Darren Urban on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    AzDesert —

    RE: Picks

    It’ll depend on where the Vikings finish.

  24. By Travis on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    This is a great move. Taking a player that didn’t cost us anything as far as draft picks to put us in better position for next years draft.

  25. By jmh1982 on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply


    The Dolphins Also have two 4th round picks so it is also possible that the Cards could be giving them Jefferson and a 6th or 7th rounder for one of the 4th rounders.

  26. By dan on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    I like the Jamaal Westerman pick up, thumper.

  27. By AndyStandsUp on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    This is similar to the Tim Hightower trade, no?

    And Darren, be honest. Though Micheal Adams is listed at 5-8 and admitted to be shorter than that, would 5-3 be closer? That’s one small dude with a big heart.

  28. By Darren Urban on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Hightower trade

    Kind of.

    And Adams is about 5-7.

  29. By fightingbird on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Well Skelton finally got the nod.Now the question Darren, do you think he will keep the starting job.I’ve heard alot of crap saying that Kolb will get the job back as soon as Skelton screws up one time,but i think this will help skelton . You see these guys every day what do you think ,do you see skelton staying the srarter and do you see champion in the future. BIG JOHN SKELTON well it sounds good any way. “WE DO THIS TOGETHER”

  30. By buddy the town winner on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    We could have cut kolb before the bonus and resigned him for 500k.saving 7.5 mill kolb broke a record for 300 yrd games to start a career and between concussions and lack of instruction he is finished. I think we need to hire kolbs agent he’s the smartest guy.

  31. By Dennis on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    No loss moving AJ Jefferson. One less guy in the secondary that continually gets beat.

  32. By tyman on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    good move. Let a young player go where he can play.

    Hopefully Jefferson gets some good playing time with the vikings.

  33. By canadian redbird on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Still find it amazing how many Card fans continue to think that we are a better team with Adams in the line up. At 5’7″ going up against 6′ plus receivers, its no wonder opposing QB’s want him in the line up. Bethel does everything and more in special teams and in coverage. I wouldn’t think that if we waived him, teams would be lined up looking for his services. He would be a great guy on the practice squad.

  34. By dan on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Jefferson has some ability but just seemed to miss something, maybe just confidence or time.

  35. By BIG RED on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    @canadian redbird its about talent in the nfl not the size of the package. Hope you have a bunch of healthy grand kids and all measure up at 5’7″.

  36. By toddcard on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Arizona and SF each put in a waiver claim for former Dolphins LB Jamaal Westerman, who was awarded to Cardinals.

  37. By Orangeslice on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    It’s is amazing to me how all you blog’s like to do is get on this Blog and criticize
    Your young players. Congratulation to Jefferson for getting a chance to go to a
    Team where he can develop his God given talent . Because he is going to be a
    Great db some day . It’s is obvious to me that Az. has a lot of work to do before
    They will be Champs Again !
    P.S. I won’t be surprise if their is changes in the coaching staff !

  38. By Reo on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Pat McQuistan, is mentioned as a possibility to join the Cards, “Will” he help us? Are there any other Tackles out there we may have an intrest in? How about any tackles we should be talking to?

  39. By William Barry on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Jamal Westerman is a good pick up for us. The Dolphins defense has been rated highly as of late, and this is a good pick up for us, PLUS we beat SF Niners to the punch!!!! great!!!!

  40. By Don Snyder on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Kolb will be another Lineart. Make big money from the team and never play. Kolb is the 2nd smartest man in football, behind Lineart that is. Get a big check, do nothing, never get hit, and laugh all the way to the bank. Probably the worst trade in team history and will hurt us for a few years. Sorry Fitz, no good QB to throw to ya.. yet again.

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