Vikings could be preparing to poach a key member of Packers defense in free agency

I'm sorry for writing this today.
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For some reason, we're already talking about next year's free agent class this week. There's a whole season of football standing between us and that, but as everyone knows, what happens on the field is way less important than those four days in March. During the season, results can be bleak. But anything's possible in March!

Even losing Kenny Clark to a division rival, apparently. In The Athletic's latest Vikings mailbag, one interested reader asks which free agents the Vikings will plan on going after next year. And Alec Lewis, The Athletic's Vikings reporter, decided to embrace the chaos.

Could Kenny Clark be headed to Minnesota next year?

Two names: Kenny Clark and D.J. Reed ... The Vikings will likely peruse the market for defensive tackles and cornerbacks next year, and these two might be the best available at their positions.

You do actually, legitimately, non-ironically hate to see it. Clark's been a staple of the Packers' defense for the last eight years, playing in at least 15 games during six of those seasons (and 13 in the other two!). He's been a Pro Bowler three times, and just this last season set a career best in sacks (7.5) and QB hits (16). He's been one of the best players on one of the NFL's more underrated defenses for a while now.

Losing Clark would be brutal. Losing Clark to a division rival, especially for the peak of his career, would be especially brutal. Honestly it's rude that the Vikings would even consider this. At least it's not the Bears?