Vikings Trade 7th Round Pick to Giants for Center, Brett Jones

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: Brett Jones #69 of the New York Giants in action against the Kansas City Chiefs during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 19, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

This week, we talked a lot about whether or not the Vikings would make a trade, specifically targeting more offensive line help. I talked to Toups on his radio show “The Scoop” on KLGR out of Alexandria, about that exact topic on Thursday. Those “in the know” saw a trade as being not just being possible before the regular season, but likely. And sure enough, as everyone gets home from stuffing their faces at the Minnesota State Fair on this beautiful Sunday evening, they will be arriving to trade news we were expecting:

The Vikings only had to give up a 7th rounder to get him. According to Giants’ sources, he was battling for a starting spot so that price tag is something to take note of.

What does this trade mean for the Vikings? Well, there’s some good and some bad running through my head. First, Elflein isn’t practicing this week so he is getting pretty far away from being the starting center come game 1. On the bright side of that situation, Zimmer said he doesn’t expect Elflein to start the season on the PUP List, which means they expect him to be contributing early enough. If you start the regular season on the PUP, you can’t get off until 6 weeks later.

Once Elflein does come back, it seems unclear as to where exactly Jones will fit in. But, let’s be real… the Vikings need all of the help they can get on the O-line, even when they have everyone healthy. Jones has some versatility. He has started a couple of games at left guard through his career one game last year at left guard. I’d expect him to start at center as long as everything goes according to plan once he is in town, until Elflein returns. After that, your guess is as good as mine.

Here are a few things I’ve found early on Mr. Jones.

– He played in Canada in 2013 and 2014, winning all sorts of honors, including an all-star team and the best offensive lineman in the CFL in 2014.

– He started 13 games last year for the Giants

– He’s only 27 years old and from Canada.

Here are some other details and video from Nick Olson on Twitter. He’s a great follow for those who don’t already:

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