What's next for the Vikings after Brett Favre?
A look at possible starting quarterbacks for the Minnesota Vikings next season now that Brett Favre has said he will not join the team: The incumbent Tarvaris Jackson The skinny: The 26-year-old Jackson has started off and on the past two seasons...
A look at possible starting quarterbacks for the Minnesota Vikings next season now that Brett Favre has said he will not join the team:
The skinny: The 26-year-old Jackson has started off and on the past two seasons with mixed results. After being benched for veteran Gus Frerotte last year, Jackson filled in admirably late in the year. He passed for four touchdowns in a road victory against NFC champion Arizona. The quarterback, however, struggled in a playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Best season: Last season, when Jackson threw nine touchdowns and just two interceptions.
Chances of starting opening day: 60 percent
The skinny: The Vikings attempted to get Rosenfels, 31, from the Houston Texans during the 2007 season, but didn't meet the Texans' asking price. However, Minnesota got its man during this past offseason by offering up a fourth-round pick. Rosenfels has shown signs of being a solid quarterback, but has never put up great numbers.
Best season: 2007, when Rosenfels threw 15 touchdowns in nine games.
Chances of starting opening day: 40 percent
The long shot
The skinny: With Favre saying he is staying retired, the Vikings will be looking for help at quarterback. Although Jackson or Rosenfels will start the season, Minnesota coach Brad Childress has not hidden his desire to upgrade at the team's most important position. Would he be willing to take a chance on the 29-year-old Vick? The public relations side of such a move could be a disaster, but wins could change that in a hurry.
Best season: 2006, when Vick passed for 20 touchdowns and rushed for more than 1,000 yards.
Chances of starting opening day: 0 percent
Chances of joining the team: 5 percent