Vikings tried to trade Bears for QB Justin Fields in NFL Draft, reports show – NBC Chicago
The Carolina Panthers have released a series of videos detailing their war room actions during the NFL Draft and NFL Free Agency, and in a video they revealed that one of The Chicago Bears division had attempted to trade for quarterback Justin Fields before the Midway Monsters caught him.
In the video, posted by the Panthers’ social media team this weekend, the team receives a call from the Minnesota Vikings, who are making an offer to potentially move up to eighth place in the draft.
The Panthers refused the trade and ultimately drafted cornerback Jaycee Horn out of South Carolina.
Where the story gets interesting is who the Vikings intended to take with the choice. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Vikings had tried to move up the draft order in order to take quarterback Justin Fields, who was drafted by the Bears with the 11e global selection a little later.
This would seem to indicate that Vikings starting quarterback Kirk Cousins shouldn’t be around beyond the upcoming season or the next, when he’s on the verge of becoming an unrestricted free agent.
“That possibility must now be taken into account in assessing the situation for the Minnesota quarterback going forward,” said Florio. “If Kellen Mond, chosen by the Vikings in the third round, ticks all the boxes as he learns of the NFL game behind Mond, the Vikings could decide after 2021 to move to Mond and swap cousins.”
Now the Vikings can potentially face Fields twice a season, and it goes without saying that it looks like the Green Bay Packers no longer have a monopoly on quarterback drama in NFC North.