The San Francisco 49ers' 2015 season started off surprisingly well with a comfortable victory over the Minnesota Vikings in week one.
Since then, though, their offseason woes have quickly caught up with them, with the California franchise losing three straight games and conceding 107 points in the process.
So, in an effort to halt the slide and address their defensive issues, the 49ers have today completed a trade with the Minnesota Vikings for linebacker Gerald Hodges.
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The Vikings have confirmed that Nick Easton, a backup center with San Francisco, will head the opposite way as part of the deal, as well as a sixth-round draft pick.
Hodges, a three-year league veteran, has been in impressive form in 2015, and will provide valuable experience to a defensive corp that saw the likes of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland quit the team over the summer.
In three starts this season, Hodges has accumulated 20 combined tackles for the Vikings and, according to Pro Football Focus, he ranks as the 14th best inside linebacker so far this year.
The 49ers already have two-time Pro Bowler Navorro Bowman filling one of the spots at inside linebacker, but Hodges will now likely compete with Michael Wilhoite for the other starting job.
In what seems like a fair trade all round, the Vikings have also addressed a worrying lack of depth on their roster with the addition of Easton.
Although Minnesota have the excellent Joe Berger starting at center, the franchise only had the undrafted Zac Kerin as backup prior to Easton's arrival.