Vikings: If Minnesota were to trade Justin Jefferson, when would it?

The Minnesota Vikings must make hard decisions regarding their roster. To build for the future, will they trade Justin Jefferson?

As the Minnesota Vikings break things down and figure out how they want to rebuild for the future, they need to examine just about the entirety of their roster and decide who they’ll keep and who they’ll move to help rebuild.

Justin Jefferson is a brilliant, young wide receiver.

Jefferson is both young and highly valued. In his first two seasons in the NFL, he’s caught 196 passes for 3,016 yards and 17 touchdowns. He’s likely to be a dominant receiver for years to come. He could be an important piece in an offense, or he might be something a team would trade for some intriguing draft picks.

So will the Vikings really be able to move Jefferson?

Minnesota Vikings: Should Justin Jefferson really be traded by Minnesota Vikings?

The 22-year old receiver is a phenomenal talent. He’s someone the Vikings should focus their rebuild around. A trade might result in some outstanding draft picks but there’s no guarantee that the draft will produce Jefferson’s current player.

It’s a dangerous gamble to assume that Jefferson could be easily replaced by someone in the draft.

A trade with Minnesota would only make sense if there were multiple draft picks available and a solid player in return.

But there’s no guarantee that will happen.

Instead, Minnesota should be focusing on its future and the Vikings could get rid of some of the more expensive contracts. After they do that, Minnesota should focus on assembling an offense that features a young quarterback tossing touchdowns to the star receiver they’ve got in Jefferson.