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Lunchbreak: The Athletic Offers Potential Vikings Trade Before Deadline

The Vikings didn't play this past weekend, but the team still made news by trading defensive end Stephen Weatherly to the Broncos.

But with the league's annual trade deadline set for 3 p.m. (CT) on Nov. 2, could the Vikings make any more moves before then?

Chad Graff of The Athletic recently answered fan questions in his weekly mailbag, and was asked about a realistic trade Minnesota could make in the next week.

Graff opined that a realistic move could be to trade draft picks to the Dolphins for cornerback Noah Igbinoghene. Graff noted that while Miami cornerback Xavien Howard is drawing trade buzz, Igbinoghene might be a better fit in Minnesota.

Graff wrote:

Here's a more realistic trade I'd like to see the Vikings make: send picks in the fifth and sixth rounds to the Miami Dolphins — not for Howard, but for Noah Igbinoghene. The cornerback was taken with the 30th pick in 2020, one spot before the Vikings picked Jeff Gladney.

But Igbinoghene's time in Miami hasn't gone as planned, and he's been a healthy scratch in all but two games this season. The proper value for him would probably be a fourth-round pick considering C.J. Henderson (the No. 9 pick in that draft and also a cornerback) went for a third-round selection and a depth tight end and because former Vikings first-round pick and cornerback Mike Hughes went for a sixth-round pick. Igbinoghene's situation is somewhere between those two, and his trade value would probably be as well. But the Vikings don't have their fourth-round pick, which was sent to the Jets for Chris Herndon before the season began, so we packaged two Day 3 picks instead.

Because Igbinoghene is still on his rookie deal, the Vikings could fit him under the cap with ease, and he'd also give them a cornerback under team control for multiple years, which would be useful since the only corners the Vikings have signed through 2023 are Cameron Dantzler and Harrison Hand.

Igbinoghene, who is in his second season in the NFL, has played in 18 career games with three starts. He starred at Auburn before becoming a first-round draft pick.

The Vikings will be without Patrick Peterson for at least the next three games as the veteran cornerback is on Injured Reserve. Bashaud Breeland and Cameron Dantzler are likely to man the outside roles, with Mackensie Alexander handling duties in the slot.

Dantzler said Monday that he is prepared to start in Peterson's absence. Dantzler, who was also a 2020 draft pick, started 10 games as a rookie last season.

Graff's full mailbag, which also included questions on Kirk Cousins and a final 2021 record prediction, can be found here.

Jones: Prescott's prognosis good for Sunday night

All eyes will be on the injury report this week.

From the Vikings perspective, they are hoping Michael Pierce (elbow) can return soon. Others such as Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson likely benefitted from some time off.

Dallas, of course, will be monitoring quarterback Dak Prescott, who suffered a calf injury in a Week 6 win over New England.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones went on a Dallas radio station and said his team has an encouraging outlook for Prescott.

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Cowboys.

Kevin Patra of recapped Jones' comments. He wrote:

Since suffering a calf injury in Week 6, all signs have pointed to the quarterback returning without missing a game.

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones joined 105.3 The Fan's "Shan & RJ" show Tuesday morning and said he's confident with where Prescott is at heading into the week.

"Based on what you saw yesterday (without the boot on), that was very encouraging," Jones said. "But those things have to be monitored. You've got a solid week, which is great, to monitor that…I feel very good about where Dak is right now."

The Cowboys also have quarterbacks Cooper Rush and Will Grier on their roster.

Prescott has led the Cowboys to a 5-1 record so far this season. He has thrown for 1,813 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2021.

Prescott missed most of the 2020 season, including a Week 11 matchup with the Vikings, with an ankle injury.