Minnesota Vikings: QB Situation

Scott WollanContributor IJanuary 29, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings picks himself off the turf against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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As many Vikings fans now know, if Brett Favre does hang up his magical boots once and for all, the Vikings can not go back to lacklustre untested quarterbacks such as Travaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels.


Traviris has had his chance at the position on and off for three seasons and was mostly poor. Although sage has had no chance whatsoever, it is not wise to lead a Super Bowl calibre team into a new season with an untested quarterback. So, if Brett Favre does retire, it puts the Vikings in a very strange position.

The Vikings will be in need of another top-quality quarterback. There is little depth at the QB position in this years draft, and those players good enough to draft will go well before the Vikings' 30th pick. It is likely the Vikings will have to swing a deal through trade or even free agency.

Brad Childress's first choice for a new QB will of course be Donovan McNabb, a player he has always liked. Brad Childress was offensive coordinator when the Eagles went all the way to the Super Bowl.


Another pull for Childress wanting McNabb a Viking is Travaris Jackson. If the Vikings can sign him to a new contract then he could become the perfect protégé for McNabb. After all, the Vikings drafted Jackson much higher than many thought because Childress wanted a player in the mould of McNabb. What could be better for the Vikings' coach than to have the actual McNabb taking the snaps for the franchise next season?


The Philadelphia Eagles' fans have not exactly taken to McNabb since he was drafted, even after delivering them five NFC East titles, five NFC title-game appearances, and their latest supper bowl appearance. If an offer from the Vikings did come in, the Eagles may well let McNabb leave, making the majority of Eagles fans happy.


Although, for the Vikings to trade for McNabb, they may have to give up a high draft pick and possibly a QB. The Eagles will be likely looking for first-round pick if they do trade McNabb, though they may accept as low as a second-round pick. Whatever the case, it will likely involve Sage Rosenfels going in the opposite direction as a back up to test Kevin Kolb.


Another potential player to join the Vikings is Chad Pennington of the Miami dolphins.


Pennington's contract is up in march when he is an unrestricted free agent. Pennington is 33-years old, extremely experienced, and is currently the NFL's all-time leader in career completion percentage with 66.1 percent.


His accuracy would be a huge weapon for the Vikings, especially with their current receiving group. With Bernard Berrian and Sidney Rice as down-field threats and Percy Harvin with Visanthe Shiancoe as short to mid range threats it would be good to have an accurate quarterback to take advantage of these weapons, albeit in a different way than Brett Favre did this season. The Vikings already had one of the best teams in the red zone and would only get better with increased accuracy.


One worrying fact about Pennington is he has had three shoulder surgery's so far in his career. If his previous injuries come back during the season and rule him out, either T-Jack or Rosenfels will have to pick up the pieces and lead the purple and gold forward, which is not the best scenario for the Vikings if they have Super Bowl ambitions.


If the Vikings do lose Brett, they will miss his ability to look at a defense and know exactly what it is going to give him and missing his monster arm may make it harder for players like Rice and Berrian to get their receptions deep down field.


I believe Brett Favre will be back for another season, as he saw how close the Vikings came to the Super Bowl and he will not want his legacy to end with a coaching cock-up and a horrendous interception.


But, who can know what the legendary QB is going to do?


If Brett does come back for one more season, the Vikings will have the most experienced QB in the league, a huge arm for Rice to take advantage of, and a desire to become the champions.


If Favre retires, however, the Vikings will need a top-quality QB to be realistic Super Bowl contenders. That is, of course, unless Travaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels play above themselves consistently.


A lot of possibilities to ponder for the Vikings' coaching staff.