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.