The Minnesota Vikings initially had no plans to move any of their barbershop quartet of quarterbacks, keeping Brett Favre, Sage Rosenfels, Tarvaris Jackson, and John David Booty on the roster.
But now that Favre has shown that he can still play (despite partially torn rotator cuff, cracked rib, swine flu, and polio), they might not need to keep all four around.
It previously was believed (by us) that they’d keep Favre, Rosenfels, and Jackson, with Booty cut and then signed to the practice squad, if not claimed on waivers.
But Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Jackson is the odd man out, and that the Vikings are trying to trade him.
Then again, it’s not clear whether Walters is “reporting” that notion. He merely calls the possibility of a trade effort a “good bet.”
Walters also says it’s a “good bet” that the Vikings will try to move up in the 2010 draft to get one of the elite quarterbacks. (Of course, this assumes that they won’t finish in position to get one without having to move up.)
We’re still not sure that the Vikings should let Jackson go. If there’s still a faction of Vikings who’d like to see Jackson play, it makes sense to get him out of the locker room. Also, if Jackson has a stick in his rear end about his status on the depth chart, it might be better from him to move on, and move out.
Jackson hardly was showcased Monday night, throwing only two passes. Ten days earlier, he completed 12 of 15 and cranked out a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
Another dynamic to keep in mind is the fact that the Packers run a very similar offense, and that Jackson has more career starts that Green Bay starter Aaron Rodgers. Jackson would give the Packers a more steady hand in the event Rodgers gets injured — and Jackson would carry into Lambeau Field plenty of institutional knowledge regarding the manner in which Minnesota does business.
So, if the Vikings can’t trade him somewhere else (perhaps with a clause that will keep him from being flipped to the Pack), it might make sense to keep him around, especially since his base salary is only $535,000.