Soft market means Jackson still the one?

The reality of the quarterback situation with the Vikings is that at this point Tarvaris Jackson remains the best bet, especially given the price tag and uncertainty of other options currently on the table.

Quarterback options assessed

While Vikings coach Brad Childress did not go out of his way to publicly assure young quarterback Tarvaris Jackson of anything heading into next season, he also did not exactly declare the position wide open, either.

The reality is that there simply are not any quick-fix solutions out there.

It’s easy to suggest the Vikings be aggressive in free agency.  It’s easy to suggest that they make a bold trade for a more proven signal-caller.  And it’s easy to suggest they grab a quarterback with their first-round pick.  But the logic of any of those moves remains realistically remote.

The sure-fire solutions via free agency are severely limited.  The bold trade options are not without risk or significant expense in terms of radically veering from the organization’s game plan of building through the draft.  As promising as all these young quarterbacks are at this time of year, they all become wet-behind-the-ears rookies when they eventually report to training camp – and none of them assure any better long-range potential than the guy they already have.

Childress confirms that all positions will be thoroughly analyzed to compare what they have with what’s out there.

Philadelphia isn’t going let Donovan McNabb go without a steep asking price.  A partial list of unrestricted free agents includes Daunte Culpepper, Kerry Collins, Josh McCown, Cleo Lemon, Quinn Gray, Craig Nall and Jamie Martin.  The hot property among restricted free agents is Derek Anderson, another very expensive proposition.

“Nothing of that group gets me jumping up and down,” Childress said in this AP story.

“It speaks to developing a quarterback.  At best, it’s a difficult process,” Childress said.

That said, the Vikings will keep their options open, but those options do not appear to reasonably offer a quick-fix solution at quarterback.  Continued patience with Jackson still remains the most likely scenario at this point in time.

Frazier "ready to be a head coach"Leslie Frazier

The folks at the Fritz Pollard are overall happy with the process that took place this offseason regarding fair opportunity for minority candidates.

Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was among those minority candidates who got a look from the Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons.

Washington lawyer Cyrus Mehri, who serves as counsel for the group, said that, “Leslie Frazier did extremely well,” according to this Washington Post story.  “Bill Parcells told him personally that he's ready to be a head coach.”

Miami safety projected to Vikings in this mock

This mock draft by Bradley Jenkins projects Miami (Fla.) safety Kenny Phillips to the Vikings at No. 17.

“The Vikings look very strong on paper here aside from Tarvaris Jackson, have strong lines on each side of the ball, solid linebackers, a shutdown corner, and the league's best young weapon in AP (or All-Day),” Jenkins writes.  “That said, there are multiple possibilities such as a corner opposite Antoine Winfield, or a deep threat such as DeSean Jackson.  However, Phillips has great value here to play and learn beside season veteran Darren Sharper in the waning years of his career.”

Extra Points

Ex-Viking and future Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Cris Carter appears to be on the cusp of getting the call this weekend, according to published reports.  Two other ex-Vikings who are at least equally deserving – guard Randall McDaniel and tackle Gary Zimmerman – are finalists but still considered longshots.

Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders Sarah Johnson and Krisandra Shimpa are among a contingent visiting United States troops in Iraq from Feb. 8, on a goodwill military Super Sunday Tour in celebration of the Super Bowl.

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