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The offseason is almost upon us with just one big game left next weekend. In the meantime, here are some news and notes of the latest happenings around the league.

T-Jack still QB of the future?

While there remains much speculation about the quarterback situation with the Vikings, the fact remains that Tarvaris Jackson is still most likely their quarterback of the future.

In large part, the team’s likelihood to stick with him could also be the result of the options available in the free agent market – namely there aren’t many.

In the end, the Vikings could decide that their veteran option remains whomever is best among Kelly Holcomb and Brooks Bollinger, but that bringing in another young prospect with upside potential is the way to go.

It wouldn’t be surprising if the Vikings felt there was a promising young signal-caller available in the second or third round of this year’s draft to take a flyer on another one.

They may still regret letting Tyler Thigpen get away, whom they had accurately targeted as a good developmental prospect, but is now with the Kansas City Chiefs after losing him on waivers at the start of the season.

Quarterbacks tend to be overdrafted or underdrafted depending on each team’s need at that position.  If a team feels they’re set at the position, they will pass on a quarterback.  If they feel they need one, they will sometimes reach to draft one.  The result is a lot of good NFL quarterbacks that weren’t necessarily drafted early in the first round, where some of the biggest busts in NFL history have come.

An early player to keep an eye on is Hawaii’s Colt Brennan, whom the Vikings have been reported to be showing interest in during Senior Bowl practices this past week.


Suggs on the radar?

In need of outside pass rush help, Baltimore Ravens free agent defensive end Terrell Suggs could be on the team’s radar.

Suggs will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on Feb. 29 and could be pursued strongly by Minnesota if the Ravens to not utilize a franchise tag on him.

Suggs was born in Minneapolis but grew up in Arizona.  He was the tenth overall pick in the 2003 draft when the Vikings passed and selected defensive tackle Kevin Williams instead.

The East Valley Tribune has reported that Suggs told an Arizona television station that he would love to play for the Cardinals.  The Baltimore Sun also reports the Ravens are expected to keep Suggs by either using the franchise tag on him or giving him a long-term contract, so it could all be a moot point.


There are also some character concerns with Suggs, which contributed to Minnesota passing on him the first time around, and their emphasis on that issue has increased since then.  But a player with his natural ability to rush the passer would certainly merit strong consideration from the Vikings.
Tank to draw interest from Cowboys

Calvin Watkins, of The Dallas Morning News, reports the Dallas Cowboys may be interested in Minnesota Vikings safety Tank Williams, who will be an unrestricted free agent during the offseason, if they are not able to re-sign FS Ken Hamlin.

The Vikings will need to decide if they feel Williams can supplant Dwight Smith in the deep secondary and re-sign him in the next couple weeks or they are likely to lose him via free agency.


Competition for Walker?

We’ve mentioned Broncos wide receiver Javon Walker as another player who could be high on the Vikings’ offseason wish list of potential free agents, but word out of Dallas is that the Cowboys could also be interested in Walker if the Broncos do not pick up his $3.5 million roster bonus to keep him in Denver.


Ex-Viking Moon charged with DUI again reports former QB Warren Moon has been charged with driving under the influence stemming from a traffic stop in December.

According to police, Moon was driving an SUV with expired plates when he was pulled over Dec. 28 in Medina, Wash.  A police officer smelled "intoxicants" in the vehicle, and Moon refused a field sobriety test and a breath test.  He was arrested for investigation of DUI and driving with a suspended license and was released later the same day.

Moon is scheduled for arraignment Feb. 5.  This is Moon's second alcohol-related incident in the last year.  In August 2006, Moon pleaded guilty to negligent driving as a result of a DUI arrest in April.


Extra Points

Vikings OT Bryant McKinnie is among a long list of current and former NFL players to participate in the NFL Player Choir taking place at Phoenix Symphony Hall on February 1, 2008.  The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is the only Gospel music event sanctioned for Super Bowl weekend by the National Football League.

WR Cortez Hankton, signed as a free agent by the Vikings and in camp with them last summer, has signed on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to go to training camp with them this summer.

WRs Billy McMullen and Maurice Mann have signed contracts to attend training camp with the Washington Redskins this summer.


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>Ex-Viking Owens finds a new home with Rams

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