Vikings trade for cornerback A.J. Jefferson

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Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that the Cardinals have traded cornerback A.J. Jefferson to the Minnesota Vikings.

Terms of the deal on Arizona’s side are unknown, although Somers passes along that “draft picks [are] involved.”

Jefferson, 24, opened last season as a starter opposite Patrick Peterson. Burned relentlessly the first seven games, Jefferson was ultimately benched and played only in sub-packages the rest of the way.

Jefferson is still an impressive athletic specimen. Coming out of Fresno State in 2010, Jefferson ran a 4.49 forty and jumped vertically 44 inches at 6-foot, 193 pounds.

In Minnesota, Jefferson gives Leslie Frazier an additional option to play outside, across from Chris Cook. Antoine Winfield is primarily a slot corner at this stage of his career. Jefferson will compete for playing time with 2011 fifth-round pick Brandon Burton and 2012 third-rounder Josh Robinson.

46 responses to “Vikings trade for cornerback A.J. Jefferson

  1. Let’s hope this is an acquisition of a pick/s to bolster the o line on the Cards. Or possibly, to facilitate a upcoming trade for a veteran left tackle.

  2. VIKES needed help here but I am not sure this is it. Did they really think the Colts or Rams were going to pick him offwaivers?

    Maybe trade to another team?

    I hope it was a conditional 7th

  3. “Burned relentlessly the first seven games, Jefferson was ultimately benched and played only in sub-packages the rest of the way.”

    He should fit right in with the Vikings. He sounds like starter material….

  4. I don’t know about “burned relentlessly”…he was one of the top CB’s for a few weeks PFF. He had a tough game in Baltimore…prior to that he was solid.

  5. there is a continuous cycle of awful players that circulate between seachickens-vikings-cardinals.

  6. A CB that constantly gets burned fits the Vikings game plan perfectly. Has been their bread and butter for years.

    BTW- I am a Vikings fan. Lead the league in sacks and still finish near the bottom of the league in pass Defense…how do you do that?

  7. “Burned relentlessly the first seven games”

    Well, he’ll certainly fit in with the Vikings

    Either getting burned on the field or getting burned off it with Harvin and Simpson

  8. Great. I know the staff may be different, but this team does not have a very good recent history of developing CBs…..

  9. I was surprised how lousy Carr looked in pre-season, although Robinson didn’t look much better. Winfield and Cook better stay healthy.

  10. Giving away draft picks seems like a great idea for the Vikings. Especially since they’ll be picking in the top 3 every year for the next 5-7 years.

  11. “Burned relentlessly the first seven games, Jefferson was ultimately benched and played only in sub-packages the rest of the way.”

    Whaaat?

    We already have that!…and we traded picks for him?

    I now have a serious case of the runs concerning the Vikes D-backfield.

    Luck might just kick off his Hall of Fame career with us in week 2.

  12. cpo187 says:
    Aug 31, 2012 11:14 PM
    A CB that constantly gets burned fits the Vikings game plan perfectly. Has been their bread and butter for years.

    BTW- I am a Vikings fan. Lead the league in sacks and still finish near the bottom of the league in pass Defense…how do you do that?
    ————————————————
    Makes what Jared did even more impressive. He still managed 22 sacks even though wideouts were running open all over the field…

  13. 1. He won’t start like he did when he was ‘burned relentlessly’.
    2. Defensive coordinator Alan Williams was a DB coach at Indy, which will only help this guy and all the young DBs on the team.
    3. He has to be better at corner than Marcus Sherels

  14. AZ was pretty deep. Jefferson ended the year with 66 tackles, 12 passes defended and one INT. Not bad for a guy that played in sub packages. (1st round AZ pick Patrick Peterson had 64 tackles, 13 passes defended and 2 INT’s just to give perspective)
    According to Profootball Focus he finished ahead of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie PHI, Sam Shields of GB, Captain Munnerlyn CAR, Nnamdi Asomugha PHI, Tracy Porter NO, AND Patrick Peterson AZ.
    Plus he returns kicks well.
    He’s 6’1 and 193…tall and fast, has a 44 1/2″ vertical and plays the run better than the pass, which fits the Vikings defensive scheme well. Vikings now have 6 DB’s over 6′ with speed to match up better than division foes. This was a solid move. My guess is the Vikings will give a 6th or 7th round pick depending on the amount he plays.

  15. He’s a pretty good player. He is great coming in off the bench and on special teams. He can cover but not tackle too well tho he got much better. He’s not like this article portrays him. He’s very young and could still be good.

  16. I would wait to judge. I do remember some buzz about this guy before and after the draft. He is playing a completely different def than in az. Wher a tall fast corner with good tackling skills who can jump out of the gym has a chance to be something. It probably wasn’t a stretch to think he wouldn’t make it to us on waivers.

  17. This is a depth/development trade for a guy that will likely be 2nd/3rd string. Basically they Vikings waived Chris Carr, an aging CB who got burned consistently in pre-season, for a young CB who got burned consistently but has the physical ability and, perhaps, can still develop and learn the position.

  18. I love the posts the fudge packer fans make on a Vikings thread. I remember not to long ago when the whole fanbase thought Ted Thompson was worthless and now he is the greatest GM in the league. Point is lets give Rick at least this year before we start calling for his head!

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