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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.

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46 Responses to “Vikings trade for cornerback A.J. Jefferson”
  1. lbpackfan says: Aug 31, 2012 10:30 PM

    To the Vikings, huh? LOL.


  2. gunndlewittlebaum says: Aug 31, 2012 10:31 PM

    As a Vikings fan, I gotta say………..ah, whatever. Remember when we almost went to the Superbowl!? That was awesome!

  3. vikingsnorth says: Aug 31, 2012 10:32 PM

    “Burned relentlessly the first 7 games”? Great. What’s his injury history?! Must be terrible.

  4. westclaims says: Aug 31, 2012 10:32 PM

    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.

  5. huskersrock1 says: Aug 31, 2012 10:32 PM

    “Burned relentlessly the first seven games”

    Sounds promising!

  6. freshnsoclean says: Aug 31, 2012 10:33 PM

    “Burned relentlessly” I can say as a Vikes fan, he will fit right in! How embarrassing it is to be a Vikings fan right now.

  7. mcqphx says: Aug 31, 2012 10:34 PM

    Great news! Glad to dump that guy.

  8. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 31, 2012 10:36 PM

    “burned relentlessly”

    He’ll fit right in at Minnesota.

  9. tjacks7 says: Aug 31, 2012 10:37 PM

    As a Viking fan, I will cry if they give up anything more than a 6th. Vikings always seem to get themselves into bad trades though.

  10. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Aug 31, 2012 10:38 PM

    “burned relentlesly”?? yeah, get used to it, dude! nfc north qb’s and receivers ain’t no joke except for ponder and whoever the vikings limp out there when they don’t have a headache..

  11. sterlingrodgers says: Aug 31, 2012 10:43 PM

    Winfield has always been a badass- a helluva player. These other guys are all suspect.

  12. zygizag says: Aug 31, 2012 10:44 PM

    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

  13. sfsaintsfan says: Aug 31, 2012 10:47 PM

    “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….

  14. tecmobowl34 says: Aug 31, 2012 10:50 PM

    Damn, sounds like a nice pickup for the vikes.

    9 pm on Friday and I’m commenting…I’m popular

  15. msclemons67 says: Aug 31, 2012 10:52 PM

    The Cards traded a cornerback and “draft picks are involved.”

    So they got Joe Webb?

  16. veence69 says: Aug 31, 2012 10:56 PM

    You had me at “burned relentlessly”.

  17. theuglitruth says: Aug 31, 2012 11:02 PM

    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.

  18. rightwingguy says: Aug 31, 2012 11:03 PM


  19. joekappedyourass says: Aug 31, 2012 11:08 PM

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

  20. sjsuraider says: Aug 31, 2012 11:12 PM

    Is it me or does it seem like there has been more trades than there usually is around this time

  21. 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?

  22. rickrock6661982 says: Aug 31, 2012 11:18 PM

    “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

  23. brewdogg says: Aug 31, 2012 11:27 PM

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

  24. purpleguy says: Aug 31, 2012 11:31 PM

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

  25. thetokyosandblaster says: Aug 31, 2012 11:46 PM

    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.

  26. sir1389 says: Aug 31, 2012 11:50 PM

    I went to school with him at Fresno State. Awesome return abilities.

  27. ninefingers9 says: Aug 31, 2012 11:52 PM


    copyright Comic Book guy

  28. anarchopurplism says: Aug 31, 2012 11:53 PM

    The pieces are in place…..

  29. timegambit says: Aug 31, 2012 11:57 PM

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


    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.

  30. gdeli says: Sep 1, 2012 12:02 AM

    this doesn’t sound like an upgrade leslie.

  31. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Sep 1, 2012 12:19 AM


    sounds like he’ll fit in perfectly

  32. canadianvikingfaniii says: Sep 1, 2012 1:33 AM

    Sounds like Cedric Griffin 2.0

  33. waggie21 says: Sep 1, 2012 1:55 AM

    Ladies and Gentleman… We got him!

  34. kmossg says: Sep 1, 2012 2:25 AM

    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…

  35. hubmeeds says: Sep 1, 2012 5:04 AM

    must be desperate for a return man,

    bye bye Marcus Sherels

    hope he never has to play CB

  36. thepvyharvin says: Sep 1, 2012 9:32 AM

    Aaron Rodgers is losing sleep now,,,

  37. lordfrza says: Sep 1, 2012 10:02 AM

    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

  38. kevinwi says: Sep 1, 2012 10:22 AM

    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.

  39. icardfan says: Sep 1, 2012 11:05 AM

    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.

  40. cmwilk says: Sep 1, 2012 11:23 AM

    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.

  41. admiralgeneralaladeen says: Sep 1, 2012 11:38 AM

    He adds depth which is something the Vikings lack in the secondary. As long as we didn’t give up valuable picks, this is a pretty good move.

  42. vikesfansteve says: Sep 1, 2012 12:37 PM

    Another punt return for a TD on Kluwe by the way.

  43. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 1, 2012 1:12 PM

    Is it too late to get in on the “fits right in with the Vikings” bit? Is that still fresh?

  44. wludford says: Sep 1, 2012 3:41 PM

    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.

  45. gdeli says: Sep 1, 2012 6:53 PM

    now we have 2 fast guys that will be sitting on the bench. a.j. and webb. crazy to waste joe’s speed.

  46. dtrb10 says: Sep 2, 2012 3:05 PM

    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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