After three mostly disappointing seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, corner Mike Hughes will get a chance to resurrect his NFL career in Kansas City.
The Chiefs confirmed trading for Hughes, the first-round pick from 2018, on Friday. While the team didn’t reveal the terms of the deal immediately, the reports say they got the player and a seventh-round pick while sending a 2022 sixth-rounder to the Vikings in exchange.
Hughes is expected to compete for a major role in Kansas City as the team remains thin on the position. He will join a cornerback core that has last year’s starter Charvarius Ward, second-year player L’Jarius Sneed, and the 2019’s first-round selection Deandre Baker.
Despite being originally projected for great things, Mike Hughes failed to live up to his potential in Minnesota. Arguably the biggest reason for this was multiple injuries that kept him off the field for long stretches. A torn ACL ended his rookie season after six games, while a serious neck injury limited him to just four appearances last season.
Despite Hughes’ big upside, the Vikings decided to move on from him as they are well-stocked at the position. The 24-year-old player will also be a free agent next summer, so this move was a great chance to get some assets before he walks away for nothing.
The Chiefs, on the other hand, took a low-risk/high reward approach. If Hughes balls out in 2021, they have a better chance to get him on a cheap, long-term deal. If not, they can let him walk away without any additional costs.