The unsettled quarterback situation in Minnesota is one of the most intriguing of the offseason. Much like the Cardinals, Panthers, Titans, Redskins and 49ers, the Vikings have no clear-cut starter and are in search of the next franchise passer.
We’ve heard recently from Vikings coach Leslie Frazier that it will be a focus of the team’s draft strategy to find a player for new OC Bill Musgrave to develop, but he also hasn’t ruled out bringing in a veteran presence. And the latest from Frazier is that the Vikings have yet to decide which direction they will go.
“We have some time between now and the draft to kind of look at some things from a free-agent standpoint and then we’ll look at some college players as well to try to make a determination: Is it better to draft a guy or is it better to maybe bring in a veteran guy to compete in training camp?” Frazier said during a TV interview, per the Star Tribune. ” … We do not have our mind made up at all.”
So where does that leave Joe Webb, who ended the season as the starter? Frazier said the versatile Webb “showed some things” in his two starts and would be given a chance to “prove he’s not a quarterback.” Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman offered similar sentiments on Webb during a recent interview with KFAN’s Paul Allen.
“The one thing I don’t think people have talked about is some of the positive things that Joe Webb did toward the end of the season and some of the things Joe Webb did in that Philadelphia game,” Spielman said, per the Star Tribune. “You see some things that are pretty unique. So you’re asking yourself if you do draft a quarterback, is Joe Webb your No. 2 quarterback going in or does he come in and compete? Will he continue to progress and utilize all the natural athletic talent that he has because he’s a very interesting prospect too.”
The only known right now is that Vikings’ plans at quarterback are as wide-open as any team in the league.