Over the weekend ESPN reported rumors of the Broncos trying to trade QB Jay Cutler to the New England Patriots for Matt Cassel. It was all over when Kansas City landed Cassel (and Vrabel) over the weekend.
Cutler was not happy about the trade rumors, and why not, when you hear trade rumors about yourself on ESPN instead of hearing them from the Broncos themselves.
But even into Tuesday morning the Vikings, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, were still talking with the Denver Broncos about acquiring Cutler. For the Vikings this would add another quarterback to an already crowded position on the depth chart.
Currently the Vikings have Tarvaris Jackson, Gus Frerotte, Sage Rosenfels, John-David Booty listed on the depth chart under the quarterback position. Though Frerotte may not be around when the season starts it's still a very deep position.
Tarvaris Jackson, who should be the starter, has never had a chance to start a full season and has only played 25 games in three years. He has shown flashes of greatness when he plays but some think the coach is to blame for his (painfully) slow progression.
Childress' in-game play calling, at one point, got to be so predictable that during the Colts/Vikings game in Week Two even the Fox broadcasters were able to predict to next play. That should NEVER happen. EVER!
Sage Rosenfels has only started 12 games in his career and turns 31 on Friday. (3/6) Only one other QB has become a full-time for more than two season after starting less games before turning 30.
Knowing the Vikings' luck, this is a trend likely to continue. He is a short term solution but not a long-term solution.
Gus Frerotte, the oldest active QB in the NFL, is best suited to be a backup at this point in his career. Plus the offensive system in Minnesota requires a QB that has the ability to scramble and make plays on the run, which Gus can not do.
While he was a good QB for those 11 games last year, he to is not a long-term solution.
Then there's John David Booty, the former USC QB, who has a chance to be the long-term solution to the Vikings QB problem. Considering he can progress better than Jackson could easily compete with Jackson and Rosenfels for the starting job going into this season.
While he didn't show much last year in the pre-season, because he played with all the backups, could be a starter if he had a chance to play with the first team offense.
So in the end, while it would be nice to see the Vikings bring Cutler to Minnesota it would not be necessary because they already have two quarterbacks, Jackson and Booty, that could be the starters for years to come.