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Vikings land Rosenfels
Posted Feb. 27 at 01:59 AM
The Vikings have officially completed the trade for Sage Rosenfels.
Apparently, Minnesota will have the former Texans quarterback compete with Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job. According to published reports, the Vikings gave Rosenfels a two-year contract extension worth $9 million.
Gus Frerotte went 8-3 as a starter last year for the Vikings, but he's unlikely to return.
"We need to put somebody in place that will push [Jackson] and compete with him, and I think competition is the nature of the game," coach Brad Childress told reporters at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. "At some places it may not be ... [but] in our situation, we need to have a good healthy competition, because I think that makes everybody better."
Can Rosenfels do a better job of hooking up deep with Bernard Berrian, who was underutilized last season? We shall see.
Posted by Duane Stay | Feb. 27 at 09:43 AM
Frerotte and Rosenfels are a toss up, but Rosenfels is about about 8 years younger so I guess that's the rub.
Posted by IAN ALLAN | Feb. 27 at 10:50 AM
Let me run the numbers on it, but my concern is that Rosenfels (I think) turns the ball over way too much. Can you win with him? He might be just a very slight upgrade over Frerotte/Jackson.
Posted by ANDY RICHARDSON | Feb. 27 at 08:04 PM
I like Rosenfels in Minnesota. He did turn it over a bunch last year, but he probably was in more shootouts with Houston than he'll be with a team that plays as good defense as the Vikings do. I don't have the numbers handy but I know there was a stretch were Houston was scoring (and giving up) 25-30 points a week when he was in the lineup. He should be called on to do less in Minnesota.
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