Vikings trade for Jets tight end Chris Herndon, waive TE Zach Davidson, QB Jake Browning

The Vikings wasted no time addressing their need at tight end. The team traded undisclosed draft assets Tuesday for New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon, a three-year NFL veteran who had 39 catches in 2018 and 31 in 2020. The move comes after the Vikings learned over the weekend that starting tight end Irv […]

Vikings trade for Jets tight end Chris Herndon, waive TE Zach Davidson, QB Jake Browning

The Vikings wasted no time addressing their need at tight end.

The team traded undisclosed draft assets Tuesday for New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon, a three-year NFL veteran who had 39 catches in 2018 and 31 in 2020. The move comes after the Vikings learned over the weekend that starting tight end Irv Smith Jr. will miss at least the beginning of the season with a torn meniscus; he will have knee surgery this week.

Tuesday was the deadline for teams to cut rosters down to the NFL maximum of 53 for the regular season. A source said the Vikings waived tight end Zach Davidson, a fifth-round draft pick out of Central Missouri, with the knowledge they would acquire Herndon.

A source said the Vikings also waived quarterback Jake Browning, but want him for the practice squad. That leaves rookie Kellen Mond as the presumed backup to Kirk Cousins, although a source said Browning has been told he still could compete for the job if he is on the practice squad.

Sources said among other players the Vikings let go Tuesday were guard Dakota Dozier, defensive end Hercules Mata’afa, running back A.J. Rose Jr., cornerbacks Tye Smith and Parry Nickerson, fullback Jake Bargas, tackle Zack Bailey, guard Kyle Hinton, wide receivers Whop Philyor and Myron Mitchell, tight end Shane Zylstra and linebacker Tuf Borland, And quarterback Nate Stanley, guard Dru Samia and safety Luther Kirk were waived with injury designations.

Also, a source said that wide receiver and special teams ace Dan Chisena has made the 53-man roster for the second straight season. And a source said that rookie running back Kene Nwangwu, who suffered a hyperextended left knee in an Aug. 14 preseason game against Denver, has made the 53-man roster but will be put on injured reserve later this week. He must miss at least the first three games of the season.