New Information on Quarterback Search

While waiting for a decision this morning on the fate of Seattle guard Steve Hutchinson, the Vikings are involved in a quarterback search. Sure, the Vikings lost another quarterback prospect in free agency Sunday, but what about a pesky and intriguing trade scenario for another quarterback? We have new information on that.

The Vikings' search for a veteran backup quarterback took another turn against them Sunday when former Green Bay Packers quarterback Craig Nall agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills.

The Vikings visited with Nall last week and were interested in bringing him in as a backup to Brad Johnson. After four years in Green Bay, where he played in only six games, Nall thought he should have an opportunity to move from a No. 3 QB to a backup. In Buffalo, he might have a chance to compete for the starting job.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Bills could release one of their top two quarterbacks, J.P. Losman or Kelly Holcomb, and Nall might have a chance to compete for the starting job.

The quarterback market is shrinking, with the top available candidates being Kerry Collins, Aaron Brooks, Brian Griese, Anthony Wright, Tommy Maddox, Jamie Martin and Jay Fiedler.

Collins is seeking a starting opportunity with starter's money, and he isn't thought to be a good fit for the Vikings offense. The team has no interest in Aaron Brooks. Griese's injury history, and probably his desire to start, have kept the Vikings leery of him. Griese visited Cincinatti and Chicago in the past few days, and Bengals might be preparing to enter negotiations with his agent, according to published reports.

The best available on the list that fits the Vikings' style and needs might be Jamie Martin or Jay Fiedler, either of whom could be one- or two-year stopgap backups while the Vikings draft and develop a young prospect.

Another possibility is Lions quarterback Joey Harrington, who is expected to be traded or released after Detroit signed Josh McCown and Jon Kitna to compete for the starting job. According to a report out of Detroit, the Vikings are among several teams that are interested in trading for Harrington, possibly giving up a draft pick as high as the third round. Don't believe that for a second.

According to a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Vikings have no interested in giving up a first-day pick to acquire Harrington.

And the search resumes.


  • Wide receiver Nate Burleson has cancelled his visit to the Houston Texans, according to the Houston Chronicle. Burleson left Seattle without an offer sheet, but the Seahawks could be waiting on a ruling with guard Steve Hutchinson before they make any more decisions in free agency.

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