Cardinals cornerback A.J. Jefferson says he has been traded to Vikings
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It didn't take the Minnesota Vikings to make their first move after the NFL's 8 p.m. deadline for cutting down to 53 players.
About an hour later, Arizona Cardinals cornerback A.J. Jefferson posted on Twitter he has been traded to the Vikings. Compensation was not immediately known, although the Arizona Republic reported it involves at least one draft pick.
If the Vikings didn't trade a player, they'd need to make another roster move to clear room for Jefferson on the 53-man roster. The deal hadn't been announced as of late Friday night, presumably because the Vikings were waiting for Jefferson to arrive and pass a physical.
Jefferson, 24, went undrafted out of Fresno State in 2010. He appeared in two games as a rookie and all 16 last season, starting seven, and recorded an interception and 12 passes defended.
ProFootballFocus.com rated him No. 66 out of 109 qualifying cornerbacks last season, with a better grade against the run than the pass. He is listed at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, which combined with his run support suggests he is a good fit for the Vikings' scheme.
The Cardinals re-signed Jefferson to a one-year deal in March that included a base salary of $540,000 and a small workout bonus.
Judd Zulgad contributed.