Jan 3, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

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Report: Jets trade TE Chris Herndon to Vikings

The New York Jets are trading tight end Chris Herndon to the Minnesota Vikings, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The Jets are expected to receive multiple draft picks in exchange.

Herndon can step right in to replace Vikings starter Irv Smith Jr., who is having meniscus surgery on his knee this week and will miss the start of the season.

Herndon, 25, caught 31 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games (13 starts) last season. He has 71 receptions for 796 yards and seven scores in 33 games (25 starts) since the Jets drafted him in the fourth round out of Miami in 2018.

After Smith’s injury in the preseason finale, coach Mike Zimmer acknowledged that Minnesota’s tight end depth was “not very good,” with Tyler Conklin, Brandon Dillon, 2021 fifth-round pick Zach Davidson and the undrafted Shane Zylstra on the roster.

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