Paul Allen has been the radio voice of the Minnesota Vikings for 17 years Anthony Barr Jersey , and has had a morning sports talk show in Minneapolis for 20. If there is anyone outside of Rick Spielman or Mike Zimmer that has the pulse of the Vikings and their personnel, one could make an argument that its Paul Allen.Today on his show on KFAN, PA apparently dropped this little nugget bomb:As fans, we love to play armchair GM, and make trades and mock drafts all the time. Most of these trades and mock drafts are proof positive that none of us, especially me, have any business near the roster of an NFL team. Well, except Green Bay. Id totally love to trade Aaron Rodgers for Christian Hackenberg or a kicker straight up, or let him walk in free agency. I would devastate that team inside of 20 minutes to the point it would take them a decade to recover. But, I digress.Be that as it may, there has been talk of the Vikings moving a player before the season starts for awhile now. Nothing too serious, and we could even call the speculation more fans chirping and theorizing than anything else. But with that little nugget, PA gave it a some serious credibility today. When looking at possible trade scenarios, especially this time of the year, you have to look at depth at a position group, and salary cap hit for the team trading a player away. Compensation is obviously a big component, but lets focus on the first two for right now and circle back to compensation at the end of the article.Is there is someone on the Vikings roster that meets the criteria for trade candidate? Lets take a look.Trae Waynes, CB: So if you believe the Mike Hughes hype, and that Mac Alexander has improved, AND Holton Hill is actually better than advertised against Denver last Saturday, the Vikings have a ton of talent at CB and Waynes might be a guy the Vikings could trade. Minnesota exercised his fifth year option this past Spring, and he is scheduled to make just over $9 million next year, with no dead money against the cap. He played pretty well for the most part last year, and a lot of teams could use a starting CB. His 2018 salary is only $2.2 million, which would be a pretty fair bargain for a good starting CB in todays NFL.The Vikings have some decisions coming up on contract extensions, and with Anthony Barrs extension not done yet, it could be that Lord Of The Dark Salary Cap Arts Rob Brzezinski may not have the ability to get a Barr extension done and still have enough money to get Waynes re-signed, too. A trade of Waynes takes $9 million off next years cap, and gives them plenty of room to get a Barr deal done without worrying about either putting the franchise tag on Waynes in 2020 or letting him walk with nothing in return.Still, though Mike Hughes Jersey , do you trade a guy thats developed in to a solid starting CB for an unproven rookie, regardless of how hes looked in a handful of practices and one preseason game?Latavius Murray, RB: Dalvin Cook looks explosive so far in camp, and with Mike Boone and Roc Thomas playing well, is Murray expendable? When he re-structured his contract earlier this year, it gave him more money this year and voided 2019, so hell be an unrestricted free agent after this season. A Murray trade would free up over $5 million in cap space this year and could give the Vikings a way to help front load a Barr extension with more money this year and next year, for example. But would trading the only established vet in the running back room, and a guy thats expected to be an important part of the offense be a wise move?Trevor Siemian, QB: From a salary cap perspective, trading SIemian is relatively negligible. The Vikings traded for Siemian and a seventh round pick in exchange for a fifth round pick in next years draft to solidify the backup QB position. He is in the last year of his rookie contract, making $1.9 million, and would have no money coming off the books in 2019 since hell be a free agent. That said, this is a QB starved league. Kyle Sloter performed well, and you could make an argument that he could overtake Siemian for QB2. In a league where QB play is at a premium, and with Kyle Sloter performing well, could the Vikings look to be shopping Siemian as opposed third string?Everson Griffen, DE: Okay, just calm down a sec, and hear me out. Of all the most unrealistic options, Griff is probably as close to untradeable on this roster as anyone.Or is he?He led the Vikings in sacks last year with 13, but a foot injury slowed him down the second half of the season. Hes 30, and is in the first year of a four year extension signed last year. Hes making $12.7 million this year, with a cap hit of $11.6 million. But this is what his contract numbers look like from 2019 through 2022 (all salary numbers per Spotrac, btw): If youre looking at Griffen from a pure contract perspective, a restructure next year to reduce his cap hit seems like a distinct possibility. Those arent always a given, and if a player doesnt want to do that, you run the risk of cutting them with nothing in return. And if it does get to that point, the dead money the Vikings would absorb wouldnt be a really prohibitive number.So, if you like the talent behind him (Stephen Weatherly Armon Watts Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , Tashawn Bower) and think it might be worth the gamble, and you think Danielle Hunter could step up and become the next elite pass rusher on the defensive line, and you think the addition of Sheldon Richardson means losing a guy like Griff would essentially be an overall wash for the defense as a whole...then trading Griffen and getting a high round pick or another player while you can might not seem that far fetched. With Griffens contract no longer on the books, the Vikings have the financial flexibility to do what they want with Barr and probably Richardson, too.Admittedly, theres a whole lot of if/if/and conjecture in each one of these scenarios, and none of these could happen. If the Vikings intent is to trade a player with salary cap reduction in mind, it would seem that if they do pull a trigger on a trade, theyd probably be looking to get a draft pick or picks in return as opposed to another player and their contract. If they would want to do a player for player swap, my guess is theyd look to get an offensive lineman, if you dont believe Tom Compton, Danny Isidora, or Aviante Collins can get it done. Or they could look to get a wide receiver, if youre not happy with the depth behind Stefon DIggs and Adam Thielen.My personal belief is that if the Vikings do make a move, it would be as much for salary cap flexibility as compensation, so I think theyd be looking to get draft picks as opposed to players.So, lets see what happens. If anything. EAGAN, Minn. (AP) Kevin McDermott sent the long snap back for Dan Baileys field goal, a three-point play for the Minnesota Vikings that became anything but routine.Baileys kick, his first field goal attempt with the Vikings, banked off the right post at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and bounced in during the second quarter against the Rams in the game last week.The real drama, though, was taking place on McDermotts finger.I was just kind of like, Huh. That doesnt look right,' the sixth-year long snapper said.McDermotts left pinky had become caught in an opponents facemask, and a tip of it was painfully torn off. He ran off the field to find the teams athletic trainers, and into the locker room he went for medical attention.Meanwhile, backup tight end David Morgan began anxiously warming up on the sideline. Morgan had performed this emergency long snapper duty last season after McDermott hurt his shoulder in a frigid game against the rival Packers.He told me last year in Green Bay he was terrified, special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said.The first practice snap sailed over punter Matt Wiles head.And I got real nervous, Priefer said.Morgan quickly settled in Minnesota Vikings Jerseys 2019 , though, and successfully executed snaps for an extra point and a punt. By that time, McDermott was stitched up and, with a heavy wrap on the damaged digit, ready to resume his responsibility before halftime. He gave Morgan a hug on the sideline as a thank-you for his help.First thing Kevin said to me was, Hey Prief, I lost half my finger,' Priefer said. I said, All right, congratulations. Heres what we have to do to win this game.'Wile, whos also the holder for Baileys kicks, was naturally pleased by Morgans short-notice snaps. But he, like everybody else wearing purple, was more than happy to have McDermott back in action.I was very appreciative of the fact that he came back out to play, because it always does take some time to get used to a new snapper, Wile said.For McDermott, whos been with the Vikings since 2015, the game against the Rams provided quite the memory despite the 38-31 defeat.Normally special-teamers only get noticed when we have a bad game or something like that, so I think I found the loophole, he said. You have to lose an appendage. But it was, I guess, funny in a way.McDermott didnt miss any practice time this week, though he was one of 12 players listed on the injury report. Punt returner Marcus Sherels was ruled out again with a ribs injury, as was cornerback Trae Waynes with a concussion and defensive end Tashawn Bower with an ankle injury.With defensive end Everson Griffen out indefinitely for mental health treatment, Danielle Hunter and Stephen Weatherly are the only two defensive ends the Vikings will have on Sunday at Philadelphia. Rookie defensive tackle Jalyn Holmes played defensive end in college, and linebacker Anthony Barr has taken plenty of turns at defensive end in practice this season.Running back Dalvin Cook was listed as questionable to play against the Eagles because of a hamstring injury that limited him against the Rams and kept him out the week before that against Buffalo.