The Vikings announced today what had been expected for more than a week – they have signed veteran quarterback Gus Frerotte.
Frerotte played two of his 14 NFL seasons for the Vikings – in 2003 and 2004 – and has been credited as being a positive influence on the development of former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper.
Although he is expected to take on a similar role in the development of Tarvaris Jackson, Frerotte has started 82 career games and helped lead Detroit in 1999 and Denver in 2000 to the playoffs. He started two games for the Vikings in 2003 when Culpepper was injured and went 2-0 in that span. In his first start with the Vikings on Sept. 28, 2003, he set a Vikings single-game record with a 157.2 passer rating against San Francisco, but that was with a different offense and different coaching staff.
Frerotte spent the majority of his NFL career with the Washington Redskins, starting 46 games for them from 1994-98, where he was originally a seventh-round pick (197th overall). He was selected to the 1996 Pro Bowl during his time with Washington.
After leaving the Vikings following the 2004 season, Frerotte followed former Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to the Miami Dolphins, and continued to follow Linehan when he was hired as the head coach of the St. Louis Rams. The Rams re-signed Trent Green this offseason and let Frerotte leave. Last year, Frerotte started three games for the Rams and threw his 100th career touchdown pass.
Vikings Announce Frerotte Signing
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