With Brett Favre under contract now, the Minnesota Vikings have four quarterbacks on the roster, and they’ll be looking to make a roster move. Some have speculated that QB Tarvaris Jackson, a second-round pick in 2006, could be cut. But after speaking to several personnel people, there is anticipation the Vikings will be shopping Jackson shortly.
The Vikings had not been impressed with Jackson’s offseason, and some of those who were driving forces in drafting him — like Fran Foley — are no longer in the organization. The Vikings just gave QB Sage Rosnefels a nice contract, and I have heard nothing but positive things about how the Vikings feel about second-year QB John David Booty.
I asked two personnel execs what they would do in this situation, and both said the same thing — shop Jackson. He’s very raw, but has taken a team to the playoffs and had some moments of brilliance. Among the personnel people I spoke to, one believed he had scant trade value, and no one suggested the Vikings could get more than a fifth-round pick for him.
“There’s not a lot of quarterbacks available,” one exec said. “A fifth (round pick) might be too high for him, because he has a ways to go. But there will be a market for him.”
One exec also suggested that it is in the best interest of the team and the player to try to move swiftly to trade him.
“It’s not good to hold the kid hostage,” he said. “It may become a problem if you keep him around.”
So, where might Jackson land if he is shopped? Well, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Chicago and New Orleans have been among the teams gathering info on potential backup quarterbacks, according to sources. The Packers never ruled out QB Michael Vick, not that Jackson is Vick. St. Louis will also need a quarterback to play in the next few games with starter Marc Bulger out.