It seems every time a veteran quarterback with some swag is available or has his future in jeopardy, the Vikings are mentioned as a potential landing spot. The new rumor is actually a rekindling of one from about 10 months ago.
It's unknown why Brad Childress has maintained a cone of silence concerning who the starting quarterback for the Vikings will be tonight - he waited until this morning to say that Sage Rosenfels will get the nod - but the whirlwind of speculation that other quarterbacks may be coming to Vikings Country continues to swirl.
First there was Jay Cutler
. He was said to be the centerpiece of a potential three-team deal that would involve the Patriots and Broncos that would have sent Cutler to the Vikings, a first-round pick to the Patriots and Matt Cassel
to the Broncos. That deal obviously fell through, but when word got out that new coach Josh McDaniels
was shopping Cutler, it blew up in McDaniels' face and Cutler had to be moved – eventually a trade was made with the Bears. That was followed up by the Brett Favre
debacle, which made headlines for three months before he opted not to return … at least not yet.
The latest rumor mill mongering has Donovan McNabb
being available after this season, and where is one of his potential landing spots? You guessed it. The Vikings.
The announcement that Michael Vick has signed a two-year deal with the Eagles has once again put McNabb's future with the team in question. When he was benched in November 2008, the word out of Philly was that his days with the Eagles were over and the Vikings were one of the names being prominently mentioned as a landing spot. McNabb and the Eagles turned things around and quelled those rumors, but now they're starting up again.
At a time when the Vikings are being extremely closed-lipped about their quarterback situation, one thing seems to be certain – whenever a veteran name quarterback becomes available, the Vikings will be mentioned in the same breath. Whoever wins the starting QB job for now, whether it's Sage Rosenfels
or Tarvaris Jackson
, he will have to look over his shoulder. It may not even have to be for the other QB currently on the sidelines. More likely, it will be that the Vikings will be in the market to bring someone in from the outside. Cutler and Favre (for now) would seem to be off the list, so the let the McNabb rumors begin to gain steam as the 2009 season progresses.
Could Tyler Thigpen once again be in the Vikings' future? The former Chiefs starter is mired on the team's depth chart and, with the recent signing of Patriots backup Matt Gutierrez to back up fellow former Patriot Cassel, it would seem the battle for a roster spot will come down to Brodie Croyle or Thigpen. If Thigpen is released, it will be interesting to see if the Vikings make a waiver claim on him and bring him back where he started his NFL career.
The Colts will come into tonight's game pretty severely undermanned, as 11 players have been ruled out of their game with the Vikings. Starting safeties Bob Sanders and Antoine Bethea, CBs Kelvin Hayden and Marlin Jackson, TE Dallas Clark, WR Anthony Gonzalez and OT Ryan Diem are among those who have been ruled out of action for tonight. The Colts have never taken preseason games very seriously, but being without seven starters, including all four in the secondary, can only make that situation more pronounced.
Childress has said that since Rosenfels will start tonight, Jackson get the start next Friday against the Chiefs.
The Vikings are 5-4 in the preseason against the Colts franchise, dating back to their days in Baltimore.
In the regular season, the Vikings have never beaten the Colts on the road, posting a dismal 0-10 career record.
Garrett Mills is doubtful for tonight's game with a shoulder injury.
Tonight's game will mark the head coaching debut of Jim Caldwell, who was an in-house hire following the retirement of Tony Dungy.