As we work through the well-guarded “list of crap to write about,” here’s a topic that came up during a very enjoyable visit with our good friend Boomer Esiason of WFAN on Friday morning. (Or other good friend Craig Carton was under the weather. On one hand, we wish him a quick recovery from an apparent case of laryngitis. On the other hand, Craig Carton with laryngitis actually may not be a bad thing.)
The Vikings hold the second pick in the second round. According to Steve Mariucci of NFL Network, Brett Favre remains undecided about returning for 2010. Mariucci also reports that the ankle Favre injured during the NFC title game is still bothering him. The uncertainty regarding Favre’s status — and the assumption that he’ll play only one more year at most — is causing many to assume that the Vikings will pick Jimmy Clausen or Colt McCoy with the 34th overall pick.
But here’s something to keep in mind. We’re told that, despite Favre’s silence, the Vikings think he’ll play two more years. If that’s the case, there’s no reason to begin grooming his replacement now.
The Vikings reportedly had hoped to land cornerback Patrick Robinson after sliding back four spots, a maneuver that the Saints disrupted by, you know, picking him. And in the paper version of the New York Times that was hanging on the door of the hotel room across the hall from mine (Mrs. PFT told me to take it, since I’m already going to hell anyway), Greg Bishop writes that the Vikings had called cornerback Kyle Wilson, whom the Jets picked one spot ahead of Minnesota’s slot.
So don’t assume that the Vikings are looking for a quarterback. Also, don’t be surprised if they deflect any further opportunities to trade down, if it’s true that they already have been burned once by gambling that the guy they wanted would still be on the board.