With the emergence of the raw and athletic Joe Webb at quarterback, it appears it would be virtually impossible for the Minnesota Vikings to sneak him onto the team’s practice squad while exposing him through waivers.
Quarterback Brett Favre is the obvious lock at starter, which leaves one more roster spot on the quarterback depth chart for Vikings.
As of now, Tarvaris Jackson is the team’s second-string quarterback. Jackson was “expected” to lead the offense had Favre decided to retire.
In the three preseason games, Jackson has performed okay, but certainly not great especially for a team that is expected to go deep into the playoffs. In his defense, Jackson saw limited snaps this preseason. In the first preseason game Tarvaris was without his starting center, tight end, running back, and both two of his top three receivers.
Quarterback Sage Rosenfels, on the other hand, is having an incredible preseason. Rosenfels is moving the ball well and plays with a lot of confidence. Although you can say he has been playing without the starters as well this preseason, he has been playing against second-team defenses while playing with the second-team offense.
Rosenfels, 32, has one more year on his contract whereas Jackson, 27, is set to become an unrestricted free-agent after the season.
With Favre already calling this year his final season of his career before he officially retires, having a quarterback under contract who knows the offense would be important heading into next season; and that is the insurance that Rosenfels offers. Jackson on the other hand would be free to leave without any restriction, assuming of course, the Vikings do not franchise him – which would make absolutely no sense if they did.
With that said, Jackson just turned 27 in April, so he is a potential longterm option in the post-Favre era. Certainly the coaches at least sound like they have confidence in him as the starter. At the same time – the Vikings practically begged Favre to come back.
Rosenfels appears to have the better trade value of the two, since he has another year on his contract and performed well in the preseason. Even so, is a low draft pick worth giving up potentially the second-best quarterback on your roster? Remember, Favre has a gimp left ankle and is turning 41 this year.
In my opinion, Rosenfels deserves to be the backup quarterback this year. He may not be a long-term answer, but he has performed well and Webb, not Jackson, has the best long-term potential over everyone else.
Your thoughts? Who do you think should be the backup quarterback? Is Webb the long-term answer?
Nam Huynh writes for Minnesota Sports Zone (http://www.mnsportszone.com)