How will the Vikings address the QB position? That question represents what will surely be the most popular offseason talker for the Vikings. Brett Favre is not expected to return and many figure that Tarvaris Jackson will try the free agent market, which will leave Joe Webb as the only QB on the roster with any sort of NFL experience.
Free agency, trades and the NFL draft are the methods Minnesota will consider to address the position. In terms of free agents, Bengals QB Carson Palmer and Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck are 2 veterans to think about. Reports emerged this week that Denver QB Kyle Orton could be available via trade and many continue to look at Redskins QB Donovan McNabb as a player who could become available. In addition to those names, draft-eligible QBs garnering mention include Andrew Luck, Ryan Mallet, Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert and Jake Locker, among others.
As I was perusing the internet this evening, I came across an item that brought up another name to add to the conversation – Matt Leinart. Most of us are familiar with Leinart’s story. He was a highly-touted QB at the University of Southern California, where he won the Heisman Trophy and eventually became a 1st-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals. In Arizona, though, he flamed out and eventually the Cardinals parted ways with him.
Leinart landed on his feet with the Houston Texans for the 2010 season, where he served as a backup to starter Matt Schaub. With the 2010 season over, Leinart sounds as if he’s looking to move on elsewhere and perhaps compete for a starting job again.
“Personally, I think I really learned a lot, and I think it made me a better player,” Leinart told the Houston Chronicle. “Getting released (by Arizona in September) kind of opened my eyes, and I came here and had a wonderful experience. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I think this year definitely got me better as a player.
“I want to be a starter in the league, and I feel like I’ve paid my dues. I sat for three and a half years now and played behind a Hall of Fame quarterback [Kurt Warner] which a lot of people don’t remember. Obviously, coming here is not the way I planned, but I think Matt Schaub is a great quarterback.”
I’m not endorsing Leinart as a choice for the Vikings, but I’m also not dismissing it. It’s just interesting to add another name to the conversation. What do you think, Vikings fans? Let us know in the comments section below.
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