Veteran QB Reconsideration?

Vikings coach Brad Childress has said repeatedly that he isn't interested in bringing in a veteran quarterback via free agency, but the probable release of Jeff Garcia could test his resolve. Childress declined to comment specifically on Garcia or David Carr at the Combine, citing potential tampering.

One of the big topics of conversation among Vikings fans this offseason is how to turn around an offense that was quite pathetic during almost the entire season. With the intent made clear that former starter Brad Johnson won't be back, Brad Childress has balked at the idea of going after a veteran for a short-term fix.

That resolve will be tested following the weekend decision of the Eagles to allow Jeff Garcia to leave via free agency – a decision solidified when the Eagles signed back A.J. Feeley to a three-year contract extension Sunday.

The Vikings made a run at signing Feeley last year, but he opted to return to the Eagles. The team has expressed little in the way of public interest in signing Garcia, but the fact remains that he ran an offense identical to what Childress runs with the Vikings and led the Eagles to the playoffs after Donovan McNabb went down with injury.

The Buccaneers and the Broncos are said to be the front-runners to sign Garcia, but don't be surprised to see the Vikings at least take a passing glance his way before he signs a contract. A short-team deal with Garcia wouldn't be an indictment on Tarvaris Jackson, but could be a job-saver in the long run for Childress.

* The NFL announced Sunday that the Combine will return to Indianapolis next year. The Combine has been held in the city for 22 years.
* One of the players the Vikings had been rumored to be interested in during free agency was wide receiver D.J. Hackett of the Seahawks. They are not alone and the Hawks know it. The team is expected to tender Hackett, a restricted free agent, with a first- or second-round tender offer – a first-round tender would likely take a lot of teams out of the running to try to grab him.
* Vikings coach Brad Childress mentioned WR Kevin Curtis by name during a Combine interview and it appears as though the Rams WR is going to hit the free agent market. Among the teams expected to make a run at him are the Vikings, Lions, Jaguars and Chargers.

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