Schaub in Vikings' Sights?

The talk has cooled about the Vikings making a move to get up to grab rookie Matt Leinart, but they are interested in a Matt at QB.

Last year the Vikings injured Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and he was replaced by Matt Schaub, who looked very good in beating the Vikings. With an opening in the quarterback depth chart, the Vikings are looking for help and Matt Schaub might be the answer.

The Vikings, who are down to Brad Johnson, Mike McMahon and J.T. O'Sullivan after trading Daunte Culpepper, are one of a handful of teams that have allegedly contacted the Falcons about the 6-5, 237-pound Schaub. A third-round pick in the 2004 draft, Schaub has played in the West Coast Offense with the Falcons and would have a leg up on the competition if brought into the Vikings.

The price tag for Schaub would likely be the Vikings' first-round pick -- No. 17 overall. It may be hard for some to believe that a player who has never started would be worth more in a trade than a wounded former Pro Bowler in Culpepper, but that is the way things have shaped up in the "what have done for me lately?" NFL.

The Falcons currently don't have a first-round pick, having given it up to the Jets when they signed defensive end John Abraham.

At 6-foot-5, 237 pounds, Schaub has played in 22 games with two starts, has a 49.3 completion percentage and a 68.8 passer rating, but in 2005 that last category was dramatically better at 98.1.

* The Colts released former Vikings kicker Jose Cortez and last year's rookie kicker, Dave Rayner out of Michigan State. The Colts are evidently moving forward with some guy named "Vinatieri." * Former Vikings linebacker Raonall Smith reached a one-year, $750,000 deal with the St. Louis Rams, coached by former Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Smith reportedly received a $150,000 signing bonus.

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