Vikings trade Mike Hughes to Chiefs

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The Vikings declined the fifth-year option on the rookie contract of cornerback Mike Hughes earlier this month. On Thursday, the team moved on from Hughes.

The Vikings have agreed to trade Hughes to the Chiefs, the Vikings have announced. Minnesota gets a 2022 sixth-round choice, and the Chiefs get Hughes and a 2022 seventh-round choice.

Hughes, 24, ends an injury-plagued career in Minnesota after the Vikings made him the 30th overall choice in 2018. He appeared in only 24 games with seven starts.

In 2020, Hughes played four games with two starts, recording one pass defensed.

Hughes tore an anterior cruciate ligament as a rookie, playing only six games in 2018. He was on the field for 14 games in 2019 but did not appear in the playoffs because of a neck injury. Neck issues also limited Hughes to four contests in 2020.

The Vikings placed Hughes on injured reserve in late October, and he did not come off the list.

The Vikings added three-time All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson this offseason, a sign Hughes’ days with the team were numbered.

The Chiefs’ cornerbacks room includes L’Jarius Sneed, Charvarius Ward, Deandre Baker, Rashad Fenton, Alex Brown and BoPete Keyes. Bashaud Breeland remains a free agent.

Hughes has a pair of interceptions — one of which he returned for a touchdown — three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 13 passes defensed in three seasons.

43 responses to “Vikings trade Mike Hughes to Chiefs

  1. How did Kansas City evaluate Mike Hughes? Did Mike Hughes ever play, he was always hurt and I mean always-the guy never played……….

  2. They save $1.7M in cap room. That’s why they made the trade. They can use that to help sign a free agent after June 1st.

  3. They traded a likely low 6th round pick for a 7th and are taking a flier on this kid. They can cut him/move on pretty easily if needed or they keep him for depth.

    Seems like a win-win with a kid needing a change of scenery.

  4. The guy’s made of glass and I question if his neck is fully healed or ever will be, but with Gladney likely suspended, I can’t say I like that move given the measley return. The Chiefs likely win this trade.

  5. sterling7 says:
    May 13, 2021 at 5:29 pm
    How did Kansas City evaluate Mike Hughes? Did Mike Hughes ever play, he was always hurt and I mean always-the guy never played……….

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    When you’re giving up a trade up in the 7th to the 6th for a young player, you’re basically saying he was someone you wanted to draft. It would be mostly his college film.

    But even so, I don’t think a swap of late round picks is even worth fretting. I would bet the difference between the last pick in the 7th and the first pick of the 6th is basically the same level of player and the same probability of success.

  6. How did Kansas City evaluate Mike Hughes? Did Mike Hughes ever play, he was always hurt and I mean always-the guy never played……….
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    One of the understood things in the Chiefs Kingdom is that Brett Veach knows what he’s doing. If he, his staff and Andy felt strongly enough about this guy to go get him, we’re good. In Veach we trust.

  7. Too bad injuries derailed his career. He is probably the only corner to recieve open praise from Zimmer. Hopefully he bounces back but neck injuries are no joke.

  8. I wanted will Hernandez. I was expecting will Hernandez. When the Vikings picked Hughes, I could not believe it.

  9. Hughes getting traded isn’t a total surprise, just didn’t see it coming. The surprise is that all they got is a 6th round pick. I know he’s a big injury prone player but still a former 1st rounder, I would have expected at least a 5th rounder. Oh well, still saves a good chunk of change.

  10. Vikings are almost as unlucky with corners as they are with QB’s.

    Xavier Rhoades – Gone. Was a franchise player for a while though.
    Trae Waynes – Gone
    McKenzie Alexander – Gone and Returned to much of this kind of fanfare 😐
    Mike Hughes – Gone
    Jeff Gladney – As good as gone, at least for the year.
    Cam Dantzler – Good so far.

    That’s not an awesome track record of 5 corners in 8 drafts.

  11. Spielman’s knack for picking first round cornerbacks is nothing short of uncanny.

  12. No risk and a decent gamble on a frequently injured but highly regarded prospect. If he plays, he’ll get paid by the Chiefs or someone else next year and they’ll likely get an even better compensatory pick return. Pats model of picking up guys in the final year of their contract, turning them into players, and then keeping them or getting picks.

  13. I know this is better than getting nothing. But it isn’t exactly a draft haul.

  14. i was mad when the chiefs traded 2 first round picks to get mahomes…i thought nobody out of college is worth 2 first rounders..
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    since then I’ve had a “let’s see” attitude about management’s decisions in the chiefs kingdom.

  15. Rick Spielman is a master at turning high round draft picks into lower round draft picks.

  16. Yes, that Rick “the magician” Spielman really parlayed that draft capital into great results. Hughes outperformed Kevin King big time and stayed on the field much more consistently . . . and then Rick turned it into a massive draft haul.

  17. Not much value here realized from Hughes. Chiefs’ sixth likely at very end of round; Vikings’ seventh much higher in the round. Maybe Vikes move up 10 places with this deal?

  18. The guy seemed to have elite level skills when the Vikes drafted him. It’s been unfortunate that he has literally been injured his entire career. Maybe he can catch lightning in a bottle, avoid all these injuries, and at least have one solid, complete, ENTIRE season with KC.
    Fingers crossed for the young man.

  19. Sigh…Always sad to have to face up to the fact that your former First Round pick is worth approximately a bag of balls.

  20. Even the best in the business miss on some. Cant predict injuries. This guy couldnt stay on the field.

  21. Hughes may be a good pick up. If he can overcome the injuries he would be a good starter for KC

  22. cribbage12 says:
    It’s gotta hurt trading your best DB and a 7th for a 6th rounder.

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    How could he be their BEST DB if he only played in 24 out of 48 games not including playoff (losses)?

  23. cribbage12 says:
    May 13, 2021 at 5:22 pm
    It’s gotta hurt trading your best DB and a 7th for a 6th rounder.
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    Actually, their best DB will be Patrick Peterson. Keep up with football much?

  24. Hughes was oft-injured and never good on the field. Bad combo. 61.6 was his highest PFF grade- 3 years ago. Been downhill since. He was probably going to get cut, but Spielman canvassed some teams for a potential trade. Hughes would’ve had to go through waivers, so a team like the Chiefs would have to trade for him if they wanted him, hence this deal.

    Vikings dump $1.8MM in salary cap on the Chiefs, move on. Hughes would’ve been no more than CB5 for the Vikings, and $3.1MM is too much for that role.

  25. singularitynow says:
    May 13, 2021 at 6:33 pm
    Vikings are almost as unlucky with corners as they are with QB’s.

    Xavier Rhoades – Gone. Was a franchise player for a while though.
    Trae Waynes – Gone
    McKenzie Alexander – Gone and Returned to much of this kind of fanfare 😐
    Mike Hughes – Gone
    Jeff Gladney – As good as gone, at least for the year.
    Cam Dantzler – Good so far.

    That’s not an awesome track record of 5 corners in 8 drafts.

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    Actually that’s 4 out of 5 decent picks (so far). Hughes was an injury bust. Rhodes, Waynes, and Alexander were starters in top ten defenses all of their Vikings careers. Dantzler was the 2nd highest graded rookie CB last year, and 4th best in the league overall after week 11.

  26. Stop wasting soooo many high picks in corners, the single most annoying thing about the Zim Era.. Not a good trade at all btw.

  27. Stop wasting soooo many high picks in corners, the single most annoying thing about the Zim Era.. Not a good trade at all btw.

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    Bingo. They said Zimmer was the CB guru… a guru should be able to do
    more than turn first round corners into mediocre players.

  28. Christopher Allan says:
    May 14, 2021 at 7:20 am
    cribbage12 says:
    May 13, 2021 at 5:22 pm
    It’s gotta hurt trading your best DB and a 7th for a 6th rounder.
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    Actually, their best DB will be Patrick Peterson. Keep up with football much?
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    Actually, their best corner is likely to be Cam Dantzler. That kid can play. Ringing in Peterson and Alexander definitely shores up the position though. Should be a good unit.

  29. Unfortunately, Hughes couldn’t stay healthy enough to stay on the field to develop. When he did play, he was always lost. Vikings were obviously going to cut him, so I hope he finally gets healthy and rebounds his career.

  30. This guy can’t play. Anyone who’s seen him can tell he’s lost on every other play and a liability in man coverage.

    Good luck KC, Zimmer has a great reputation of coaching decent dbs and making them elite. If he can’t do it with this guy, I’m confident saying that it can’t be done.

  31. The Vikings want thier wide receivers to block and thier corners to tackle. The Dion Sanders mold of getting paid to cover not tackle doesn’t apply here. You can say what you like about Trae Wayne’s but he wasn’t afraid to lower the pads and hit. But Hughes was different player. He got the neck injury tackling and if he continues to play in our scheme his career and his health will both be gone. He will be better off somewhere the corners are less involved in run support. In pure coverage I think he will be fine. I hope KC uses him in a way that he he stay healthy and thrive.

  32. rachelfootball says:
    May 13, 2021 at 5:41 pm
    They save $1.7M in cap room. That’s why they made the trade. They can use that to help sign a free agent after June 1st.
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    If you’re numbers are correct, this does make more sense. Although, that’s not a huge number to see if the kid can shake the injury bug and actually become a productive player. Nothing on Spielman or Zim here. You cannot predict injuries in the NFL. Hope Hughes ends up playing great and making it a career.

  33. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    May 14, 2021 at 10:07 am
    Neck injuries = Career over

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    Uhhhhh, Peyton Manning?

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