Using the 12th overall pick on Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder did finally give us a break from the all-too-constant quarterback talk that has consumed us all since that day Daunte Culpepper shattered his knee (and for some of us, before that).
You knew, I knew, we all knew, that drafting a quarterback in the first round would only temporarily stifle the quarterback talk and now that the hellish lockout appears to be breathing its final gasps of life… quarterback rumors are gaining new life.
According to Yahoo! Sports, the Vikings are unlikely to trade for a veteran quarterback this offseason as they don’t want to give up valuable draft picks for a guy that will essentially be used as a placeholder for Ponder.
Yahoo! contends that a free agent like Marc Bulger could be more likely to be chased by the Vikings than Donovan McNabb, Kyle Orton, or Vince Young.
Personally, I would contend that it makes even more sense for the Vikings to hold off on signing a veteran quarterback. Signing a guy like McNabb or Young after they are cut (if they are cut) could end up making even more financial sense, plus signing a released player (as opposed to a UFA) does not count against them in the compensation pick formula.
Additionally, holding off could also get Ponder some work with the first team and allow the Vikings some time to clear some cap space and focus their efforts elsewhere in free agency.
When it comes to McNabb, the only reason I can really think of to promote the Vikings signing him is so we can finally stop talking about if the Vikings will ever sign McNabb, and Peter King recently said the Vikings are not as interested in McNabb as many would have guessed.
“I’m hearing that Minnesota is not as in love with McNabb as we thought they might have been,” said King.