QB competition extends to trades

If the Vikings are going to attempt to trade one of their backup quarterbacks, they will find competition in that market as well. A couple of other teams are already trying to trade some of their leftovers at the position, which could devalue what one of the Vikings' backups might be worth.

At a time when the Vikings have questions at quarterback as to who will stay and who will go, it would seem other teams are beating them to the punch when it comes to trying to move a quarterback to another team.

It is unlikely that the Vikings would use four roster spots on quarterbacks, which has led to speculation that Tarvaris Jackson will be offered in trade in hopes of getting a late-round draft pick in return. If that is the case, the Vikings may have to get in line, because other teams are already taking that approach.

On Tuesday, word got out that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are shopping Byron Leftwich and Luke McCown, which would likely clear the way for rookie Josh Freeman to either win the starting job immediately or, at the least, minimize his competition to win the starting job.

The same is true in Kansas City, where former Viking Tyler Thigpen is on the bubble and could potentially be cut if the Chiefs can't cut a deal with someone else. Rumor has it that the Chiefs are in talks with the Jacksonville Jaguars about a potential trade for Thigpen. As it currently stands, the Jags' top backup is another former Viking – Todd Bouman.

If the Vikings are planning on trading Jackson, things better start moving soon. It would seem other teams aren't going to wait until the Sept. 5 mandatory cut-down to 53 players. With other quarterbacks available on the market, it could cut down on the potential of getting market value in a trade.

TUESDAY NOTES

  • Jared Allen and Sage Rosenfels returned to practice Tuesday, which could green light them to see action Monday against the Texans.

  • Bernard Berrian remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, the second straight year that the wide receiver has been on the shelf during the preseason. Last year, Berrian missed considerable practice time during the preseason with a lingering foot injury.

  • Jim Kleinsasser continues to be sidelined with a left hand injury suffered during the game with the Colts. He was on the sidelines at practice Tuesday with a splint on the injured hand.

  • Former Viking Mewelde Moore returned to practice for the Steelers Monday – the first time he has practiced since suffering a hamstring injury Aug. 4.

  • Saints safety Darren Sharper has been trying to practice through an Achilles injury. Sharper has been the frontrunner for a starting safety job, but his injury has allowed younger players to try to make a claim for the position.

  • Former Viking QB Shaun Hill has apparently won the quarterback battle in San Francisco and, barring an injury, will be the opening day starter over former first overall pick Alex Smith.

  • The Vikings raised approximated $31,000 for the Vikings Children's Fund at Sunday night's Vikings Blitz event, in which several players served customers at Wildfire restaurant in Eden Prairie and competed for tips for the charitable arm of the franchise.


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