Minnesota Vikings: 3 Players who could be traded in 2019

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Minnesota Vikings Xavier Rhodes
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1. Xavier Rhodes

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes has been one of the top defensive backs in the league over the course of the past few years, proving to be an anchor for the dominant Vikings defense while often shadowing an opponent’s top wide receiving threat week-in and week-out.

But in 2019, Rhodes has struggled to begin the year while nearing the midway point in the season. And with his current price tag that comes along with him, Rhodes could potentially be on the trade market prior to the trade deadline.

Rhodes, who just turned 29 years old in June, has made a name for himself as a shutdown defensive back in Minnesota after being selected by the Vikings with the 25th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Florida State.

While experiencing a decent amount of injuries throughout the course of the last few seasons which has resulted in the defensive back missing some time on the field during various recovery processes, Rhodes is back to being healthy in 2019 and could be a player teams across the league have interest in.

Through seven games this season and entering Week 8, Rhodes has tallied a total of 30 tackles and 22 solo tackles on the season, but has failed to record an interception through seven weeks of the 2019 campaign.

Rhodes is currently tied into a five-year deal with Minnesota that will run through the 2023 season, with the Pro Bowl cornerback making just over $70 million over that span. Behind Stefon Diggs, Danielle Hunter and Kirk Cousins, no other Vikings player is making more than Rhodes is at the current moment.

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With his contract being an expensive one, Minnesota could be looking for a trade partner to unload Rhodes on as the trade deadline approaches and could move on from the veteran cornerback in 2019.