Underneath phrases of the commerce, the Cardinals can be transport offensive lineman Mason Cole to the Vikings and in return, Minnesota can be sending a 2021 sixth-round decide to Arizona (223rd general decide). The Vikings solely owned the decide for roughly two weeks earlier than buying and selling it and that is as a result of they have been awarded it on March 10 as a part of the NFL’s compensatory method. Because of the deal, the Cardinals now have six whole picks within the draft and three of the ultimate 38.
The truth that the Cardinals have been keen to deal Cole is not that vast of a shock. Though he began 14 video games at heart for them final season, he grew to become expendable final week after the Cardinals added Professional Bowl heart Rodney Hudson in a commerce with the Raiders.
Cole began his profession in 2018 when the Cardinals made him a third-round decide and through his three years with the crew, he began in 32 of the 46 video games that he performed in.
Though Cole spent most of his time enjoying heart in Arizona, he virtually definitely will not be enjoying that place in Minnesota. The Vikings have Garrett Bradbury at heart and he’ll probably be sticking there. Nevertheless, the remainder of the offensive line is sort of in flux proper now. Not solely did the Vikings launch left deal with Riley Reiff this offseason — he signed with the Bengals — however the crew’s beginning left guard from 2020, Dakota Dozier, is at the moment a free agent. If Dozier does not return, it is doable Cole will find yourself as a beginning guard, which would not be a totally unfamiliar spot since he began two video games at guard throughout his time in Arizona. If Dozier does return, it is also doable that the Vikings will merely use Cole as depth on the offensive line.
It doesn’t matter what occurs, Cole is a stable addition for a Vikings crew that wanted offensive line assist.