The other QBs: The Favre impact

Brett Favre's teammates, especially at the quarterback position, were put in another awkward position on Tuesday when news broke that he was being courted to come back to Minnesota. Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels are in different scenarios, but each of them talked about the possibilities.

The arrival of Brett Favre at Winter Park Tuesday touched off excitement among fans waiting for Ryan Longwell's SUV to carry Favre quickly onto the Vikings' property, but the men he could be replacing are back in an awkward situation once again.

Last year before Favre's arrival, Sage Rosenfels believed he would have a good chance to not only compete for the starting job, but win it. Now, things are vastly different.

Rosenfels was clearly knocked down to the third-string quarterback last year after Favre's arrival. In fact, he wasn't even active for a single game. Now that the Vikings have added promising rookie quarterback Joe Webb, Rosenfels' roster spot could be in jeopardy.

Rosenfels wasn't available for comment after Favre pulled into Winter Park at about 4 p.m. Central, but coming off the practice field a few hours earlier and hearing about the possibility of his arrival, he tried his best to keep his focus on things he can control.

"My mind hasn't been on that situation and I haven't really talked to guys about it," Rosenfels said. "I don't even know about that speculation. … I don't know what that situation is."

Clearly, however, he knows the arrival of Favre puts his position on the roster in jeopardy, a possibility that has been discussed often throughout the last six months. Even worse for Rosenfels is the fact that his $2.6 million salary in 2010 could be prohibitive as a No. 3 quarterback, especially with a prospect like Webb that the team would like to develop.

"Everyone wants to know their position in life, on a team and a family – all those things," Rosenfels said. "But there's a business side to this game and there's an emotional side to this game and I'm going to try to keep both sides out of it as far as the way I play. I thought I and the offense played well the other night (Saturday in St. Louis). There's always speculation going on and you can't let it affect you. All you can do is, if any, is help motivate you."

Rosenfels did have a strong showing on Saturday, completing 23 of 34 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns, one of the best single-game performances in team history. But Tarvaris Jackson has proved to be ahead of Rosenfels on the depth chart throughout the last year.

Jackson, meanwhile, has also handled an uneasy situation about as professionally as could be expected.

"I feel like the guys focus on football. We focus on the stuff that we can do as far as us getting better and practicing hard every day," he said after practice Tuesday's practice. "The outside stuff, guys handle it when they have to. Right now, guys are concentrating on getting better."

Jackson said he texted with Favre in the previous few days but didn't talk about his potential comeback, instead focusing more on the on-field football topics.

As for three of his teammates traveling to Mississippi to pull Favre back into the fold, Jackson said that's not his concern.

"I really don't care. I feel like if my number's called, I'm going to be ready and I'm going to continue to try to work hard and get better," he said. "That's all I can do. My teammates, that's their prerogative. I can't really control that, so I'm just going to do my part."

Meanwhile, Rosenfels is left to consider his potential fate. If the Vikings keep Webb, it's almost certain that they will try to trade Rosenfels. However, that doesn't sound like something he's ready to contemplate, at least publicly.

"I don't really think about other teams. I think about the Minnesota Vikings and how I can help the Vikings," he said. "That's the best team to play for, the team that you're on and this is one of the best teams in the NFL."

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