The Vikings turned down the fifth-year option on rookie cornerback Mike Hughes’ contract earlier this month. On Thursday, the team left Hughes.
The Vikings agreed to trade Hughes with Chiefs, ESPN reports Adam Schefter. Minnesota get a sixth-round pick in 2022, and the Chiefs get Hughes and a seventh-round pick in 2022.
Hughes, 24, is ending an injury-plagued career in Minnesota after the Vikings made him the 30th overall pick in 2018. He has appeared in just 24 games with seven starts.
In 2020, Hughes played four games with two starts, registering one pass.
Hughes tore an anterior cruciate ligament as a rookie, playing just six games in 2018. He was on the field for 14 games in 2019 but did not make the playoffs due to a neck injury. Neck issues also limited Hughes to four contests in 2020.
The Vikings placed Hughes in the casualty reserve at the end of October, and he did not withdraw from the list.
The Vikings added three-time All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson this offseason, a sign that Hughes’ days with the team were numbered.
The Chiefs corner back room features L’Jarius Sneed, Charvarius Ward, Deandre Baker, Rashad Fenton, Alex Brown and BoPete Keyes. Bashaud Breeland remains a free agent.
Hughes has two interceptions – which he returned for a touchdown – three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 13 defensive passes in three seasons.