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NFL QB Carousel Is Spinning

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 27, 2011 – 6:47 am

It took a few hours, but the NFL news cycle eventually picked up steam late on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening. This is a QB-driven league and so far since the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was ratified it’s been the QBs who’ve dominated the headlines.

This is significant for the Vikings because although the franchise’s QB of the future is likely already on the roster, there is a chance the Vikings consider bringing in a veteran passer to aide in the development of Rhett Bomar, Christian Ponder and Joe Webb and also perhaps even start games in the 2011 season until one of those youngsters is ready to take over.

Speaking of young Vikings QBs, a pair of former young Vikings QBs agreed to terms with new teams, as Tyler Thigpen landed in Buffalo and Tarvaris Jackson followed Darrell Bevell to Seattle. Jackson’s deal with Seattle set the stage early Wednesday morning for Matthew Hasselbeck to sign with the Tennessee Titans. While all of those players changed teams, Alex Smith has decided to stay put in San Francisco.

The carousel doesn’t stop there, though. A trio of other QBs appear to be on the trading block, with Philadelphia rumored to be in talks with the Arizona Cardinals to deal Kevin Kolb. In Denver, prevailing thought is Kyle Orton will be dealt, and the Cardinals might be a candidate for his services if a deal for Kolb falls through.

And we’d be remiss to not mention Donovan McNabb, who has clearly fallen out of favor in Washington. He’s on the trading block as well and the Vikings, who’ve been linked to McNabb in the past, are once again being talked about as a possible landing spot. We haven’t confirmed that possibility with the team, but a trio of high-profile NFL information men have been on the story, as Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Jason La Canfora of NFL Network and ESPN’s Adam Schefter have all linked the Vikings with McNabb.

Again, it’s unknown if the reports of the Vikings being in talks to acquire McNabb have any truth to them, but it’s something to follow and we’ll provide you with updates when appropriate. Stay tuned!


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Are There Any Packers To Pilfer?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 27, 2011 – 5:56 am

There’s an adage that says “If you can’t beat them, join them.” But what about “If you can’t beat them, sign some of their free agents away from them.”

I’m not sure if that has the same ring to it, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

The Green Bay Packers, coming off a great run to the Super Bowl, have several free agents who played important roles on the 2010 team. Would any of them fit well in Minnesota? That’s not for us to decide, but we can still have an opinion. For what it’s worth, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers doesn’t sound like he’s willing to lose many of them.

Rodgers told espnmilwaukee.com that re-signing free agent WR James Jones should be the team’s #1 priority.

“James is extremely talented and he’s a guy that I think we have to bring back without a doubt,” Rodgers said. “He should be priority No. 1. And I mean that with all my heart. He really should be priority No. 1. We don’t win the Super Bowl without him. And we need him.”

As painful as it is to give a rival credit, the Packers and their GM, Ted Thompson, typically do an outstanding job of scouting young talent and then retaining those players when necessary. Is Jones the type of player the Packers will fight to keep? Only time will tell, but if Jones becomes available you’d think many teams across the NFL would be interested, perhaps even the Vikings.

Another name to consider is OG Daryn Colledge, who was not re-signed by Green Bay before the lockout and will now test the open market. Yet another name mentioned by the espnmilwaukee report is OT Mark Tauscher. The Vikings don’t have a need at OT with both Phil Loadholt and Bryant McKinnie returning in 2011, but you can never have enough help along the offensive line.

“He’s an overrated backgammon and cribbage player, but he’s a hell of a (football) player, too,” Rodgers said. “I hope we bring him back.”

I’m not suggesting the Vikings pilfer the Packers roster simply because they’re a rival. The players mentioned above are clearly players Rodgers values, but they could also become available to other teams if Green Bay chooses to pass up the opportunity to sign them.

So, Vikings fans, do any of those names interest you? Let us know what you think by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below.


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