Speculation is getting stronger that the Vikings are going to be in the market for a veteran quarterback that can either push “for now” starter Tarvaris Jackson in camp, or take the job outright from the second-year QB. ProFootballTalk.com brought the subject up again on Wednesday, about a week after we wrote about Eagles QB Kelly Holcomb stating that he thinks he’d be a good fit with Minnesota. As a matter a fact, Holcomb may be about the only true option that the Vikings have when all is said and done.
A couple of other options are out there for Minnesota, but they range from current backup Brooks Bollinger, who by all means is not a long term answer, to former Vikings Daunte Culpepper, to trying to even lure former Patriots, Bills and Cowboys QB Drew Bledsoe out of retirement. The article talked about Chris Weinke as well, but he is about as solid a QB as Bollinger, so in retrospect – what would be the difference? Minnesota may be in a bad situation with Jackson if he cannot get the job done. They have put a lot of stock in the 2nd year QB, to the point where they even moved up in the draft to grab him. If he shows early struggles, the team clearly needs someone they can turn to.
That someone should be Holcomb, who is likely not even going to make the roster in Philly. With the drafting of Kevin Kolb, Holcomb now sits at 4th on the depth chart, meaning he should likely either pack his bags, or if he does find his way onto the roster, get ready for a clip board and a bunch of “emergency Quarterback” phrases written next to his name on the Sunday inactive report. Kelly is smart to come out and make a plea to want to head to the Twin Cities, as in the end they may need him even more then he needs them.
One final thing that the article mentions that the Vikings may look at doing is swinging a deal for one of two QB’s in Jacksonville – Quinn Gray or David Garrard. Both those throwers may be available if the Jags make a move to snag Culpepper once his situation with the Fins is settled. If Garrard is out there, he may be worth a mid-level draft choice, but Gray – if I was Minnesota I would rather have Holcomb. So look for the Vikings to keep a keen eye on QB camp battles, as well as any possible transactions that may involve teams releasing veteran QB’s.