Vikings Free Agency: QB Possibilities

With the release of Kelly Holcomb earlier this week, the Vikings have shown an interest in a number of other quarterbacks, according to league sources and media reports. Here is an update in the hour following the opening of free agency.

The final hours before free agency brought plenty of speculation about the Vikings' interest in several players.

Here is what we've learned about some of those rumors.

  • The Vikings were offering a third-round draft pick to the Houston Texans for quarterback Sage Rosenfels, according to SportsIllustrated.com. Rosenfels' agent, Rick Smith, said repeatedly that he knew nothing about a potential trade, and the reports then said that talks had stalled and the Texans were seeking a second-round pick.

    Rosenfels has two years remaining on his contract, which calls for a base salary of $1.35 million in 2008 and 2009 and a cap hit of $1.85 million in each of those years with $500,000 in prorated bonus money in each year.

    In 2007, Rosenfels completed 154 of 240 passes for 1,684 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for an 84.8 passer rating. It was by far the most extensive action of his career.

  • The Vikings are also interested in free-agent quarterbacks Cleo Lemon and Josh McCown, according to league sources.

    Lemon's agent confirmed the Vikings' interest in him but said it was hard to gauge their interest compared to other teams that were expected to make offers. The New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars are showing interest in him, and he is scheduled to visit with the Jaguars tomorrow. The Vikings hadn't made an offer within an hour of free agency opening.

    Lemon also received the most extensive action of his career last year, in his case with the Miami Dolphins. He completed 173 of 309 passes for 1,773 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions for a 71.0 rating.

    McCown's agent didn't return an e-mail seeking his comment.

  • The Vikings also showed an interest in trading for Buffalo Bills QB J.P. Losman, according to the Star Tribune. Losman is reportedly interested in finding another team after the Bills declared Trent Edwards as their starter, but Losman is only signed for one more year. He is scheduled to earn $650,000 in base salary with a cap number of $1.17 million, but also has up to $5 million in escalator clauses.

    Losman has played in 33 games the last three years with the Bills. For his career, he has completed 495 of 837 passes for 5,627 yards, 31 touchdowns and 29 interceptions for a 77.3 rating.

  • If the Vikings don't land Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Justin Smith, an unrestricted free agent, another player that is said to be on their radar is DE Antwan Odom of the Tennessee Titans, according to Scout.com's Adam Caplan.

    Another possibility if neither of them is signed is Raiders DE Tyler Brayton. Brayton has been moved between end and tackle since joining the Raiders in 2003, but he has played in all but one game in his five seasons in the NFL. During that time, he has totaled 140 tackles and six sacks. He currently has a visit set up with the Carolina Panthers, according to Caplan.

  • With the Vikings allowing Tony Richardson to reach the free-agent market, they could look to sign former University of Minnesota running back Thomas Tapeh, who played fullback for Brad Childress in Philadelphia.


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