This Vikings-Chargers Trade for Desmond King Will Address Minnesota's Secondary Issues

Desmond King
Los Angeles Chargers corner Desmond King | Jim Rogash/Getty Images

A former fifth-round pick out of Iowa, Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Desmond King has quickly become one of the best slot cornerbacks in all of football, and his presence is one of the reasons Gus Bradley has been able to build an elite secondary in LA.

Unfortunately, the Chargers might be in the process of trading King, as new signing Chris Harris is expected to play in the slot. Having lost Trae Waynes, Xavier Rhodes and Mackensie Alexander in free agency, the Minnesota Vikings should be trying to swing a deal for King as soon as possible.

King, a free agent after this season, has a relatively cheap $2.2 million cap hit that will make it easy for a team like Minnesota to trade for him.

The Vikings have their original second-round pick in this draft, and they own two third-round picks. Trading one second-rounder or both third-rounders to LA could be enough convince Tom Telesco to part ways with an elite corner with plus return ability in King.

Minnesota is in need of secondary replacements in the worst way imaginable after losing three contributors from last year's team, but King's versatility and feistiness in the slot are all requirements for someone to play DB under Mike Zimmer. If Rick Spielman starts to feel bold, he should surrender one of his Day 2 selections and pick up the phone ASAP.