The Vikings worked out a trio of quarterbacks late last week, but, when it came time to make a move last weekend, the team opted to go with two quarterbacks. When it came time Tuesday to make a decision on who to sign, the Vikings went off the board and didn't sign any of them.
Instead, the Vikings went to the Bears practice squad and plucked QB J.T. O'Sullivan, whose journey through the NFL has already seen its share of stops.
Sullivan was a sixth-round pick of the Saints in 2002, but was part of a trade with the Packers in 2004 that sent disgruntled CB Mike McKenzie to the Saints. Sullivan played a season in NFL Europe, but when the Packers saw QB Aaron Rodgers fall all the way to the Pack in the 2005 draft, O'Sullivan's roster spot was in jeopardy. He lost out in a training camp battle with Craig Nall and was released.
O'Sullivan was then picked up the Bears and signed to the practice squad, where he remained until Tuesday, when the Vikings made their move.
O'Sullivan will be the Vikings' No. 3 QB behind Brad Johnson and Shaun Hill and will begin the process of learning the plays and terminology of a fourth team in two years. Welcome to the life of the young journeyman.
* One of the reasons Mike Tice was reluctant to go after a third QB was that he didn't feel anyone on the 53-man roster deserved to be cut to make room for him. When the time came, veteran defensive back Ken Irvin was the choice to be released, as the Vikings opted to keep younger secondary players that have a better chance of being part of the team's future.
* The MRI done on Mewelde Moore's wrist showed no further damage than a sprain. He is likely to be listed as questionable when the Vikings submit their mid-week injury report to the league.
* Only hours after the Eagles told Terrell Owens he wasn't welcome back, the rumor mill has begun and the Vikings are somehow included. In an extended ESPN report, it was theorized that three teams would be at the top of the T.O. sweepstakes -- the Falcons and Raiders for obvious reasons and the Vikings. After the heart-wrenching time the team had with Randy Moss, it seems like a long shot that the team would be interested in Owens, but talent goes a long way to excuse off-field issues apparently. Nobody with the Vikings has expressed an opinion one way or the other as to whether the team's interest in Owens is genuine of just NFL "hot stove" chatter.
O'Sullivan Becomes No. 3 QB
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