The Minnesota Vikings have traded Erasmus James to the Washington Redskins for a conditional 7th round pick. You can read some of the details here, but it looks like the Vikings only get the pick if James makes the Roster. Everyone else was waiting like vultures for the Vikings to cut the talented but injured Defensive End. The Washington Redskins showed some cunning by recognizing that they’d never be able to get him on waiver, but that they could get him from the Vikings to trade him for next to nothing.
The Vikings prosper because they get a chance to get something for nothing. The Redskins prosper because they get a chance to pick up a player that would never have normally fallen to him. James gets to feel slightly more wanted and has a second chance to produce. It’s win-win-win.
If he makes the team, this could do a lot to help our Defensive line woes. Granted, there are a lot of questions about James, but we have nothing to lose. In many ways, this mirrors the Dallas trade for Adam “Pac Man” Jones. Target a risky player with some upside and make a trade with some clauses to ensure that you don’t lose anything if the player doesn’t pan out. Way to learn from our enemy, Vinny!