Veteran QB on Vikings' Radar

With only two quarterbacks on the roster, the Vikings have shown an interest in a veteran free agent. See what his agent had to say about the seriousness of the discussions and what other teams are in the mix.

The Vikings have had discussions with the agent for veteran free-agent quarterback Craig Nall, but the interest in Nall hasn't reached the point of negotiating for a contract yet.

"We've had discussions with them about him. They've expressed some interest," said Robb Nelson, Nall's agent. "Frankly, at this point we're kind of at a standstill. We're still talking to them, Green Bay and Houston and just trying to find the best fit."

Nelson said negotiations haven't started with any of those teams, but ideally he would like to find a landing spot for Nall before the draft, which is April 26-27. The quarterback doesn't have a visit set up with any of those teams, but he might not have to visit any of them, as each of those franchises is familiar with him.

Nall played the first four seasons of his career (2002-2005) with the Green Bay Packers, and rejoined them for a short stint last season, but the last two years have been a nomadic lifestyle for him.

When he became a free agent in 2006, the first year of Brad Childress' tenure in Minnesota, the Vikings were close to signing Nall as a backup to Brad Johnson, but he ultimately decided to sign with the Buffalo Bills.

"(Negotiations with the Vikings) were very serious. We were in pretty extensive negotiations and we just ended up going to Buffalo," Nelson said of those 2006 discussions. "It was a little bit better deal and a little bit better opportunity to become a starter at that point in time."

Nall didn't end up playing a single game for the Bills in less than two seasons there, and he ended up also signing with the Houston Texans and then the Green Bay Packers in 2007 – making it three teams in one season.

"We have a little more of a commodity there with Houston because he was with Houston last year before he went back to Green Bay," Nelson said of the Texans' interest in Nall.

Nelson said he has also been "close friends" with Texans coach Gary Kubiak for about 15 years.

"There is interest from all three of those teams, but right now we're at kind of a standstill," Nelson said.

"What we're looking for – and basically the reason we're at a standstill – is we're looking for a situation where he'd come in and be a solid No. 2. Nobody is guaranteeing that. We're kind of in more of an evaluation situation right now."

With the Vikings, Nall likely would compete with Brooks Bollinger for the No. 2 role behind starter Tarvaris Jackson.

In six seasons in the league with three different teams, the 28-year old has thrown only 48 passes, completing 30 of them (62.5 completion percentage) in seven games. He has five touchdowns and no interceptions and a 123.8 career passer rating.


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