NFL London, the New York Jets traded veteran Chris Herndon for the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota sent a 2022 fourth-round roster to New York in exchange for Herndon and a 2022 sixth-round roster. The trade waits for Herndon to pass the physical object. Fans can buy NFL London Tickets and Falcons vs Jets Tickets from our website.

 The New York Jets traded veteran Chris Herndon for the Minnesota Vikings
The New York Jets traded veteran Chris Herndon for the Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota team completed the transaction a day after Coach Mike Zimmer announced that Irving Smith Jr. was scheduled to undergo surgery this week to repair the meniscus injury he sustained during the Kansas City preseason finale on Friday. Zimmer did not specify the timetable for Smith’s return. Given the nature of the injury, the time can vary from a few weeks to several months.

Smith was poised for a breakthrough season when he got injured, and after Kyle Rudolph left during free agency, he was high in the depth rankings for close ends. In the final four games of the 2020 season, Smith scored 3 touchdowns on 20 goals and finished the year with 30 catches for 365 yards and 5 points.

Herndon showed a lot of promise as a rookie in 2018, when he passed 39 times for 502 yards and 4 touchdowns. Since then, the 2018 fourth-round picks have attempted to replicate this output. Herndon was suspended in 2019 after being arrested for drunk driving and injured on the way back to court. In the first game against the New York Giants in November 2019, Herndon suffered a broken rib and was named to the injury reserve team.

The Minnesota Vikings obtain TE Chris Herndon from the New York Jets
The Minnesota Vikings obtain TE Chris Herndon from the New York Jets

Last NFL London season, Herndon struggled in the low post and turnover, turning into more defensive pressure. He rebounded in late 2020, registering 31 catches for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns.

This offseason, Herndon used his third aggressive system in four years, and the Jets coach didn’t seem to think he fit the West Coast plan. While still the strongest near-end defense on the team, Herndon lost his position as the team’s best near-end.

Based on how long Smith will be absent from recovering from meniscus surgery, Herndon will help fulfill the important role of the Vikings’ tight end. Given Smith’s injury, Zimmer called the depth of this position “not very good.” Minnesota is looking forward to its No. 2 tight end Tyler Conklin, who has been out of the game since August 16 with a hamstring injury, and he’s ready for full training on Monday.

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