Heading into free agency, the Vikings wanted to bring back Gus Frerotte, but understood when he said he wanted to explore his options to be a starter. While Frerotte hasn't signed on with anyone yet, the Vikings are beginning the process of moving on, bringing in former starter Brad Johnson for a visit back to his old haunt today.
Johnson, who was released by the Buccaneers last month, has made the rounds already, visiting the Lions, Bears and Dolphins. In Detroit, they decided on former 49er Jeff Garcia, while the Dolphins find themselves at a crossroads -- new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan wants Frerotte while others in the organization are convinced A.J. Feeley can get the job done as the starter. In the meantime, Johnson has been left a man without a team -- but perhaps not for long.
VU has been told the Vikings are willing to offer Johnson approximately $1 million or more with incentives per season to sign a two- or three-year deal.
In other free-agent news, Plaxico Burress is a man without an agent. Last weekend, he fired his agent and will replace him with Drew Rosenhaus. But, NFL rules require a five-day waiting period between hiring agents, which could put Burress back on track by mid-week. But until then, don't expect any breaking news for the next couple of days.
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