As the Brett Favre saga continues, we come to the fork in the road of "what if"s that can finally be taken with a sense of seriousness, especially regarding the quarterback situation for the Minnesota Vikings. It's no longer a matter of "if," but of "when."
With Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels set to do battle, a lone old gunslinger enters the scene having the chance to immediately make a change and take control.
When Favre arrives, though, the Minnesota Vikings will have four quarterbacks in the three-way dance. That said, someone will probably be traded or cut to make room for the 19-year veteran.
The question now boils down to whom. Many have singled out second-year quarterback and current owner of the purple's number four, John David Booty.
Cutting Booty simply because he's at the bottom of the depth chart, however, may not be a good idea. He's young, but he's also unproven. Minnesota has made a habit of throwing away prime talent, not realizing their players' potential; they've seen more than one departing player wearing a Super Bowl ring a few years later. Former USC backup quarterback Matt Cassel is exhibit A for the idea of keeping Booty until his true value is known.
More importantly, Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosefels have established their value. Jackson has proven risky while Rosenfels looks sharper, but lacks the firepower that Minnesota needs at this point—which is why Booty will likely not be jettisoned. Add in the fact that Sean Glennon, the rookie free agent signee from Virginia Tech, was just released and the picture gets a little clearer.
Either Jackson or Rosenfels looks to be the odd man out. With Jackson set to become a free agent after 2009, Rosenfels would appear the likely candidate to stay. On the other hand, it may be hard to overlook the fact that both the team and head coach Brad Childress both like Jackson.
Considering the 2010 draft is talent-rich, the Vikings look poised to gain a possible fourth- or fifth-round pick that could be well deserved.
Either way, Jackson may be the one on the way out regardless simply because Minnesota has seen everything they need to see in him. On the other hand, keeping Sage would mean trying to appease his desire to start which obviously would be denied if Favre did sign.
With that in order, Sage would probably be sent as to not have an angry backup quarterback behind Favre. Add in the fact that Favre will most likely not be returning for a 20th season and the Vikings will most likely be grabbing a franchise name in a QB-rich draft in 2010.
Then again, they could also keep all four, but that seems unlikely and unnecessary.