A splash move has been made. The Minnesota Vikings made the trade official late this morning, acquiring a veteran at a big position of need.
Following this weekend's injury to veteran Tight End Irv Smith Jr., the Vikings had a big need at the position. On Tuesday morning, Minnesota traded within its division to acquire former Iowa Hawkeye standout TJ Hockenson.
The move sends a pair of picks to each team, with Hockenson moving West to Minneapolis to join the first-place Vikings.
The Iowa Hawkeye product was an All-Big 10 selection in 2018, and also won the Mackey Award for the nation's best Tight End.
Since beginning his NFL Career, Hockenson was a Pro Bowler in 2020, and has hauled in 186 catches for 2,068 yards and 15 receiving touchdowns.
Here is an update on the official compensation:
The Minnesota Vikings travel to take on the Washington Commanders on Sunday, a 12:00 Noon kickoff time.
Sources: Tom Pelissero Twitter, Pro Football Reference (Stats), and TJ Hockenson Wikipedia
Ten Most Disappointing Minnesota Sports Seasons
The 2021 Minnesota Twins entered the season with high expectations, but unfortunately, they've made the list of most disappointing Minnesota teams of all time.
Disappointment is a common feeling for Minnesota sports fans as the years continue. Following the NBA Championship win for Milwaukee, SportsCenter was quick to point out that Minnesota has the current longest streak of seasons without a championship appearance in the four major sports (MLB/NBA/NFL/NHL). The Minnesota Lynx also chimed in on the stat after claiming four championships since 2011.
The ten teams that are on this list all follow a similar pattern. The year prior was either a great season with a playoff run or one that featured a strong core of players that appeared to have taken the next step. Offseason/preseason expectations were high with even Las Vegas oddsmakers believing in a deep run. Unfortunately, those preseason expectations fell short for the following teams. None of the teams listed below made the playoffs.