Vikings trade Gerald Hodges to 49ers for Nick Easton and a pick

AP

The Vikings and 49ers opened up the season against each other and they got back in touch on Tuesday to make a trade.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman announced that the team sent linebacker Gerald Hodges to the Niners in exchange for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick.

Hodges started three of the first four games for Minnesota this season, making 20 tackles, and played in 25 other games since being selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. Spielman said, via Ben Goessling of ESPN.com, that the team likes what they’ve seen from 2015 second-round pick Eric Kendricks and decided to use their depth at linebacker to shore up another spot.

Minnesota’s starting center John Sullivan is on injured reserve with the designation to return, leaving Joe Berger to start the first four games of the season. Easton, who was acquired in a trade with the Ravens in early September, gives them another option at that spot.

Hodges started at middle linebacker for the Vikings and joins an inside linebacking group with the Niners that includes NaVorro Bowman, Michael Wilhoite, Shayne Skov and Nick Bellore.

90 responses to “Vikings trade Gerald Hodges to 49ers for Nick Easton and a pick

  1. Only the Vikings would have traded away a former 4th round pick that is a consistent contributor on the defense and special teams for a 6th round pick and a player they could have signed off the street after the draft.

    I have to shake my head over this deal.

  2. Happy to see the trade. Nothing more embarassing than game one against the 49’ers when Hyde ran up the middle for 7yds. Hodges makes the tackle, proceeds to jump up and making some sort of kicking motion like it was an impact play. I think at that point Hyde had over 100 yds rushing.

    Kendrick’s looks the part, should be starting next to Barr anyways.

  3. had high hopes for Hodges, but MAN do we need a center until Sully gets back. Best of luck, Gerald!

  4. Maybe this scrub that nobody wants will be able to shore up one of the worst offensive lines in League history, but I doubt it.

    Plus, they lose a defender… which doesn’t help them. They’re the bottom half of the league in yards allowed, and behind the Packers in Points allowed.

    Yikes.

  5. That’s disappointing. I was really expecting Hodges to take over for Greenway when he decides to throw out his helmet. We have some good backups at LB, but now we’ll need to find another starter on the outside pretty soon. Chad’s days in this league are coming to an end.

  6. This is totally shocking to me. I can’t say I seen this coming. I thought Hodges was doing a good job, I was looking forward to seeing Hodges, Kendricks and Barr as the eventual starters and getting slow Greenway out of the line-up. I’m thinking that Zimmer must not have been happy with Hodges. Possibly something personal.

  7. I would have rather they traded Audie Cole, but they probably couldn’t get anything for him. I do like what I’ve seen of Kendricks though.
    Upgrading the O-Line is a must, but I have no idea if this guy does that. The 6th rounder is nice if you’re looking to accumulate picks and maybe use them to move back into the late 1st round, where you get the option year.

  8. This makes no sense to me as a Viking fan. Hodges, Kendricks and Barr were the three linebackers of the future. Hodges got better every year and is a solid player. Sullivan must be seriously injured, Kendricks must be really impressive or Hodges messed up something behind the scenes.

  9. Not sure I like this on a couple levels. Who’s going to replace Greenway next year? I’m not sure the LB depth is all that great — Audie Cole’s goal-line pass defense last weekend didn’t exactly inspire a ton of confidence. And does this imply that Sully won’t be back from his back injury this year?

  10. For Easton, going to the vikings is his third team in one month.
    The vikings acquiring him means one or of the following:
    a) Sullivan is not coming back
    b) Joe Berger isn’t performing well
    c) One or both a or b doesn’t have a future with the team.

    The vikings are cannibalizing their defense to do something about their 29th ranked offense.

  11. Seems like there’s been a number of in season NFL trades going on. Happens in baseball and basketball all the time. Didn’t it happened in football as much.

  12. The center is an undrafted rookie who was nothing but a throw-in on this deal. This is more about getting rid of Hodges than improving the team this year. I don’t know what they didn’t like about Hodges, but it must have been something.

  13. Last I heard, Sully is ahead of schedule. To me this signals that Zim is not at all happy with Berger and Hodges is expendable based on Kendricks play. I suspect we’ll see this new guy lined up at center as soon as he’s ready.

  14. This is just the move the niners needed!! All we need now is to replace the whole right side of the o-line and a new center. And maybe a new quarterback as well.

  15. For Easton, going to the vikings is his third team in one month.
    The vikings acquiring him means one or of the following:
    a) Sullivan is not coming back
    b) Joe Berger isn’t performing well
    c) One or both a or b doesn’t have a future with the team.

    The vikings are cannibalizing their defense to do something about their 29th ranked offense.

    He stupid troll check out of the NFL POWER RANKINGS

    10. Minnesota Vikings (2-2) | Last Week’s Rank: 10

    The Vikings couldn’t pull off a win in Denver. But they were right in the game with the Broncos, even on the road, and there still are reasons to feel good about their chances of being a playoff contender.

  16. This is a surprise to me, but the o-line needs to be fixed. Even if it means taking a chance on this guy. I don’t watch game film. I leave it to the Pro’s.

  17. I laugh at everybody screaming “not Hodges!” He was average. Not bad. Not top notch. And he came out on passing downs. Any of the other guys on the team will replace him. And he is a UFA at the end of this year.

  18. The reason they traded Hodges is the same reason Greenway isn’t playing much anymore – he spends too much time on his back reaching out for the guy who he just missed tackling.

  19. minnescrotums says:
    Oct 6, 2015 5:21 PM

    …they couldn’t get a QB?

    Dude is on pace for 8 TDs and 8 INTs…with a whopping 1500 yards.
    ______

    You suck at math. He has 774 yards now. How does that translate to a 1500-yard pace?

    Oh, and check back with me in a month.

  20. With even slightly better offensive line protection the Vikes would have beaten the Broncos, at home! Considering they are 23-2 at home under Manning, that is saying something.

    Linebacker for a Center is a good deal, think about it, each team has maybe 5-6 linebackers on their roster, they have 2, maybe 3 centers?

    We do have depth at LB, we don’t have any depth at Center. Perfectly logical move. Especially considering Zimmer likes to draft defense anyway.

  21. Nick Easton now has a chance to go down in NFL history as either the first or one of very few people ever to lose to the same team 3 times in a single season.

    After losing to the Packers last week as a 49er, he is in a very unique position to drop two more to the Packers before the end of the season, his health permitting of course. I’m sure he doesn’t want to go down in history this way but when the Vikings trade for you, its out of his hands.

  22. Joe Berger has not been great filling in for Sully this year, but this undrafted rookie is not going to replace him. Easton will be insurance in case Berger gets hurt. Apparently, they’re not excited about what they’ve seen from Zac Kerin at center.

    At least Kendricks will be on the field more. I never understood why they didn’t start him from the beginning.

  23. I don’t think it has anything to do with not liking hodges. He is a good linebacker and a athletic freak.
    It’s about wanting a better linebacker in Kendricks starting/getting a 6th round pick/ getting depth at o line.
    Sully will be back week 9, berger will move to guard. Easton will still be a back up.

  24. I wouldn’t be surprised if Cordarrelle Patterson is the next one out the door. No sense in deactivating him every week if you can get a sixth-round pick for him.

    Don’t laugh. That was the compensation for Troy Williamson.

  25. With even slightly better offensive line protection the Vikes would have beaten the Broncos, at home!
    ——
    Please don’t do this. You are sounding like a Packer fan. We lost. Not blame it on the refs or we really should have won or any other excuse. It was a loss. It happens and lets move on.

  26. minnescrotums says:
    Oct 6, 2015 5:21 PM
    …they couldn’t get a QB?

    Dude is on pace for 8 TDs and 8 INTs…with a whopping 1500 yards.

    But wait…he’s “still learning.”
    —-
    How many yards and TDs did Aaron Rodgers amass on his second year?

    None as he was still riding the bench behind Favre.

    But wait…he was still learning too right?

  27. Without the Zimmer staff Hodges will be cut by next season. He’s on the bubble last year and made a jump this year but he’s not that good. I can see where Vikings are doing this trade.

  28. Well, move LB to the top of the draft need. They have Barr and the rookie Kendricks, the rest are backups and Greenway is done after this year. Hodges at least gave you a thumper with some speed. Easton may develop, but you are already paying Sullivan $5M, so either they know his back is bad or they panicked and gave up too much.

    Your number one draft need next year is still OL, so you didn’t fix anything, all you did was move LB up to a need position to get a starting LB.

  29. vikingsmandotdie says:
    Oct 6, 2015 5:27 PM

    The vikings are cannibalizing their defense to do something about their 29th ranked offense.

    He stupid troll check out of the NFL POWER RANKINGS

    10. Minnesota Vikings (2-2) | Last Week’s Rank: 10

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Creepin’ Jebus…. so much fail, and all at once. I’ll try to be gentle…

    1. Offensive and defensive rankings are real things, arrived at via the compilation of real, actual, measurable stats.

    2. “Power Rankings” are made-up nonsense, with little to no credibility whatsoever.

    3. Calling someone stupid while so eloquently expressing your own stupidity is what’s known as “ironic.”

    4. Stay in school and don’t do drugs.

  30. Too bad trolls on here don’t understand how to watch football, PFT should make a tutorial for them so they can join the rest of the world and make comments that aren’t recycled from every other post. Try harder, you’re embarrassing yourselves.

  31. coachkilla6 says:
    Oct 6, 2015 4:38 PM
    I guess petite Teddy can’t see over the 6’5″ Berger so they had to get someone shorter to replace him.

    You realize that Teddy is 6′ 2″? The same height as Aaron Rodgers and Andy Dalton and 3 inches taller than Brees and Wilson.

  32. vikingsmandotdie says:
    Oct 6, 2015 5:27 PM

    The vikings are cannibalizing their defense to do something about their 29th ranked offense.

    He stupid troll check out of the NFL POWER RANKINGS

    10. Minnesota Vikings (2-2) | Last Week’s Rank: 10

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    1. Offensive and defensive rankings are real things, arrived at via the compilation of real, actual, measurable stats.

    2. “Power Rankings” are made-up nonsense, with little to no credibility whatsoever.

    3. It’s not nice to call people stupid.

  33. Great move! Now trade CP and hey, contact the Giants who just lost a TE and offer Chase Ford to them.

  34. Being 29th in offensive production is easily documented at multiple statistic keeping sites. Your citing a “Power Ranking” that is just a current opinion.

    Statistical rankings based on actual game numbers has nothing to do with personal opinions used by somebody for “Power Rankings”

    The vikes are cannibalizing their defense to add anything they can to their offense. The trade says nothing positive about Berger’s, Sullivan’s, or offesense’s status.

    Talk power ranking after your team plays the Chiefs, Rams, Falcons, Packers x2, Seahawks, Cardinals, and Giants. I’ll stick with the the statistics.

  35. Hodges is a bruiser but can’t play. He’s one of those guys that’s almost always out of position.
    Zimmer talks a lot about guys that are always trying to make the big impact play and abandon their assignment to do so. Very difficult to teach that out of a guy.
    Bad fit.

  36. cheeseisfattening says:
    Oct 6, 2015 6:17 PM

    With even slightly better offensive line protection the Vikes would have beaten the Broncos, at home!
    ——
    Please don’t do this. You are sounding like a Packer fan. We lost. Not blame it on the refs or we really should have won or any other excuse. It was a loss. It happens and lets move on.
    ——————————
    Couldn’t agree more. They lost to a very good football team in their house. Denver’s defense was the difference as it has been all four games thus far this year. The Vikings need to worry about that horrid OLine. Teddy stepped up nicely this game but missed throws he should have made in the first half and of course didn’t secure the ball on the last offensive play. But under the circumstances and that OLine he did pretty darn well for the first time this year. Also props to Diggs and Theilen for making the most of their opportunity.

  37. bobnelsonjr says:
    Oct 6, 2015 7:21 PM

    Being 29th in offensive production is easily documented at multiple statistic keeping sites. Your citing a “Power Ranking” that is just a current opinion.

    Statistical rankings based on actual game numbers has nothing to do with personal opinions used by somebody for “Power Rankings”

    The vikes are cannibalizing their defense to add anything they can to their offense. The trade says nothing positive about Berger’s, Sullivan’s, or offesense’s status.

    Talk power ranking after your team plays the Chiefs, Rams, Falcons, Packers x2, Seahawks, Cardinals, and Giants. I’ll stick with the the statistics.
    ————————————
    You make very valid points and I couldn’t agree more. However it works both ways. Statistics have many variables and never tell the entire story especially when talking about a sample size of four games. To your point though I will wait till later in the season to talk about rankings and/or statistics. What matters right now is wins and losses and as of right now the Vikings are nothing more than a .500 team.

  38. A 6th round center may be better than people think. Sullivan was a 6th rounder and has ranked out as one of the best on PFF over the last few years. I trust Zimmer when it comes to defense. Hodges has beast athleticism but I’m guessing he’s missing assignments left and right.

  39. sgmjerry220 says:
    Oct 6, 2015 7:12 PM

    Great move! Now trade CP and hey, contact the Giants who just lost a TE and offer Chase Ford to them.
    ———————————–
    How about we keep Ford and offer Rudolph? We can get more for Rudolph and he’s not better than Ford. Rudolph is way overrated in my opinion. Ford, in my opinion, has better hands and runs better routes than Rudolph. Just my opinions of course which accounts for nothing.

  40. Now that the Vikings have their trade cap on they should get busy getting rid of AP while they still can get something they need….a kicker.

  41. COME ON Spielman!! You finally got the team set for Linebackers with Greenway retiring after this year. and you trade a Starting Linebacker for a 2nd string
    (at best) Center, and a freeking throw away 6th round pick?? Seriously??
    But then again, we have plenty of 6th and 7th round picks, that’s all Tricky Rick thinks Offensive linemen are worth in the Draft, Our Achilles heal.
    I’m going to be scratching my head at this one for awhile.
    How about a 1st class Wide Receiver? our receivers would hardly make other teams Practice squad..
    Remember Jennings? he hardly has a catch and he was our top receiver..
    I give up……….

  42. coreyn23 says:
    Oct 6, 2015 7:04 PM
    coachkilla6 says:
    Oct 6, 2015 4:38 PM
    I guess petite Teddy can’t see over the 6’5″ Berger so they had to get someone shorter to replace him.

    You realize that Teddy is 6′ 2″? The same height as Aaron Rodgers and Andy Dalton and 3 inches taller than Brees and Wilson.

    You realize that 6’2″ is STILL shorter than 6’5″ – no matter what size other players are (that weren’t even brought up at all) – right?

  43. Count me among those very surprised by this trade. Hodges was playing solid defense, and was a better option at LB than the aging Chad Greenway. Kendricks will be an excellent MLB, but Hodges was in line to bump Greenway to the bench.

    If you are going to trade away a starter, at least get someone who can make your team better. Easton is not going to replace Berger any time soon. Trades like this make me question Spielman’s football sense. Stupid move.

  44. Hodges wasn’t a bona fide starter. He was a placeholder for Kendricks, now that Kendricks is coming along, Hodges became expendable.

    Hodges had his moments of brilliance, but he will never be the cornerstone of a defense. He is a free agent after the season and was relegated to the bench, not a horrible move at least getting something for him now vs. nothing in March since they weren’t going to resign him anyway.

    I’m curious about the center, I’ve read he had a great preseason, but the Vikings will be his third team since May so who knows. I’m guessing a developmental player who can sit behind Sullivan for a few years.

    Spielman got his 6th rounder back that he gave up for Sirles… will probably amount to a higher pick than if they would’ve kept their 6th rounder to begin with. Assuming that the 9ers pick higher than the Vikings, which is a fair assumption at this point.

  45. Wait a second, didn’t Matt Birk go to Harvard? Didn’t he also play for the Ravens? And wasn’t he in Minnesota this week? Hmmm……

  46. The problem with Hodges is he was always trying to make big plays instead of staying in his lane and doing his job. That lead to big gashing runs. Zimmer alluded to this in a couple different press conferences. Applaud him for his athleticism but chide him for his discipline. The athleticism is why the Vikings got a center and a pick for him. I’m not sure if anyone noticed but I have no doubt that Zimmer did, when Chad Greenway had the INT for a TD against the Chargers Hodges almost knocked the ball out of his hand for a touchback jumping on his back and hitting his arm at the 1 yd line. They must have more confidence in the D and Audie Cole than they do in the porous O-line.

  47. if you have watched the Vikings last 20 games then you should know that Hodges is a below average lb. I know nothing of the 49er kid but perhaps he can play other spots on the O line. depth at that position is a major weakness at this time. throw in the draft pick and this is a good trade for the purple.

  48. Hodges was played well, he is a good LB. Might not be the playmaker that Barr is, but SF gets a good player. Maybe Easton can start at other spots as well. What the Vikes really need is a new RT — Clemmings was meant to be a project, not a starter. Maybe this trade allows them to move someone to RT by backfilling a G with Easton or Berger.

  49. I don’t think the Vikes have become a better team as a result of this trade. So I don’t like it, unless he uses this new 6th Round pick to help trade for an immediate replacement for Sendejo/Blanton who are the real weak links in our defensive chain I must go against Spielman on this one.

  50. 49ers are gearing up to send NaVorro Bowman to a contender for a big hug offensive line aquisition.

  51. Chad is aging but he had 11 more tackles than Clay did in 2014. And he doesn’t cost 12.8 a year.Clay is one dimensional player. He can rush the QB.

  52. Bob Nelson Jr is a life-long Packer fan.. but knows more about the Vikings than any of the other franchises. Probably including the Green Bay Packahs.

  53. “Easton was thought to have been waived earlier Tuesday, but he ends up as a throw in to the 49ers’ Hodges acquisition. An UDFA out of Harvard, Easton had yet to be active for the 49ers. He may not last long on the Vikings’ roster.”

    This text is from the page you see when you click on Easton’s name in this article. This makes me think that this was more a move to get rid of Hodges than to add value to the Vikings team.

  54. Oh and BTW, poor old, slow, over the hill, Chad Greenway picked off a pass and ran it back 80 yards for a touchdown this year.

    Poor old guy.

  55. kissmysandwich says:
    Oct 6, 2015 7:40 PM
    A 6th round center may be better than people think. Sullivan was a 6th rounder and has ranked out as one of the best on PFF over the last few years. I trust Zimmer when it comes to defense. Hodges has beast athleticism but I’m guessing he’s missing assignments left and right.
    ———–
    Finally a good comment. “Fans” see Hodges make one great play in a game and overvalue him. Zimmer and Spielman see him every single day in practice and reviewing film, and traded him. Whose opinion should we take?

  56. Speaking of needing offensive line help…look in Kalil’s direction…the best thing he has going for him is his fiancé…he’s overrated at best…Fusco is the best of the bunch…when you get blitzed every other down MAYBE you might wanna give the line some help…Rudolph can’t block…McKinnon is too small…they sure miss Loadholt. Losing Hodges is actually a plus…he’s the new swivel head…he did more looking behind him than he did tackling from game 1 till the present…bye Gerald!!

  57. Greenway made an awesome pick no doubt, but the reason he ran it back for a touchdown is because every other member of the defense (and some from the sidelines from the looks of all that purple surrounding him) caught up to his slow butt and escorted him to the end zone.

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