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Report: Vikings 'open for business' ahead of trade deadline

The NFL trade deadline strikes on Halloween.
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Now less than two weeks before the NFL's Halloween trade deadline, the word on the street is that the Vikings are sitting back and listening to interested teams rather than making cold calls to see if teams want to discuss trades. 

"It's more them receiving phone calls. Maybe it shifts if the 49ers win by double digits on Monday night," Twin Cities sports insider Darren Wolfson, of 5 Eyewitness News, said on Skor North Tuesday. "Does that change things before the Green Bay game two days before the trade deadline? My understand is it's more the Vikings, way more, receiving phone calls. Certainly listening but not being super proactive right now."

But Wolfson also said he received a text message from an AFC front office executive who said they are "getting the sense that the Vikings are very much, even after Sunday's win, very much open for business."

Wolfson said he's not hearing anything about quarterback Kirk Cousins, which makes sense after Adam Schefter reported last weekend that Cousins does not plan to waive his no-trade clause and therefore would finish the season with the Vikings before becoming a free agent in March. 

There have been other reports saying teams around the league have expressed interest in edge rusher Danielle Hunter and wide receiver K.J. Osborn, among others. 

"Like 100%, there is all sorts of interest in Danielle Hunter," said Wolfson. 


Former Vikings beat writer Judd Zulgad, who is a host at Skor North, said he's "hearing that the phone calls are coming in fast and furious for teams that are curious if the Vikings are going to be a seller."

That leads us to Monday Night Football. If the Vikings upset the 49ers there's the Vikings will be 3-4 with a much easier schedule ahead. But if they fall to 2-5, does that guarantee they go into sell mode? We'll find out in less than a week...