If the Vikings need to make a personnel move to cover for the potential loss of Antoine Winfield (sprained foot) for a game or two, they could opt to look outside the organization.
According to Adam Caplan of Scout.com, only one cornerback on the free-agent market really fits the Vikings' scheme. There are several cornerbacks Caplan sees as potential fits if the Vikings want to obtain a zone cornerback via trade.
Here are Caplan's thoughts on the possibilities:
"The only free-agent cornerback that fits in with the Cover-2 scheme that the Vikings use is Jason David, who was released earlier this year by the New Orleans Saints," Caplan said. "David played in the Cover-2 with the Indianapolis Colts, but struggled in the New Orleans defensive scheme, which used more man coverage."
David would have familiarity with the style of Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, as the two were together in Indianapolis in 2005 and 2006.
Some veterans that might be available in a trade that fit the Vikings' scheme, with Caplan's analysis:
Ashton Youboty/Buffalo Bills – He's been rumored to be on the move for over a year and Buffalo has decent depth at cornerback. They do play a similar defensive scheme as Minnesota's.
Nathan Vasher/Chicago Bears – He signed an extension a few years ago, but got benched recently. Teams in the same division rarely trade with each other, but Chicago and Minnesota play the same defensive scheme.
Phillip Buchanon/Detroit Lions – Same division, but he's played in the Cover-2 with Tampa Bay in years past. He did get benched for a bit recently, so they could look to move him.
Keiwan Ratliff/Pittsburgh Steelers – He played in the Cover-2 with the Colts earlier in his career. He's seeing time in dime situations with the Steelers.
Travis Fisher/Seattle Seahawks – Saw time in the Cover-2 with the Detroit Lions last year.
According to Caplan, sources indicate the Vikings have roughly $6.5 million left under the salary cap.
Caplan's CB trade, free-agent possibilities
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