Vikings coach Brad Childress said last week that the team wanted to bring in another QB to push Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job.
That competition might come from Sage Rosenfels, whom the Vikings are close to acquiring in a trade with the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reported:
- This is the second year in a row in which the Vikings have been interested in acquiring Rosenfels as their starting quarterback. Rosenfels, who won six games in the last two seasons when replacing the injured Matt Schaub, is approaching the last year of his contract. If the trade is completed, the Vikings will want to extend Rosenfels’ contract.
Rosenfels, who has 4,156 passing yards with 30 touchdowns and 29 interceptions in eight NFL seasons, has spent time with the Redskins, Dolphins and Texans. He started five games in each of the last two seasons for Houston, which would receive a fourth-round draft pick in the deal, according to the Chronicle.
Gus Frerotte, a 14-year veteran who took over the Vikings’ starting QB job last season after Jackson was ineffective, also could be in the mix in 2009. However, he wants to be paid a $250,000 roster bonus next month, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. There was no word on what the Rosenfels deal would mean for Frerotte’s future in Minnesota.