Last month’s Veteran Scouting Combine left few teams impressed, but Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman saw enough to kick the tires on former Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka.
According to Kafka’s agent, the 27-year-old quarterback signed a one-year deal with the Vikings on Wednesday:
— Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) April 1, 2015
Kafka spent most of 2014 on Tampa Bay’s practice squad, and hasn’t thrown an NFL pass since 2011. He was selected 122nd-overall (4th round) by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2010 NFL Draft and appeared in 4 games for the team, completing 11 of 16 passes for 107 yards and 2 interceptions.
The addition continues an overhaul behind starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater — both Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel will join new teams in 2015. The Vikings proceeded to sign veteran quarterback Shaun Hill in free agency, who will serve as Bridgewater’s backup next season.
As of now, the 6’3″, 225-pound Kafka will take over Christian Ponder’s third spot on the depth chart, followed by Pat Devlin. Per the Star Tribune’s Matt Vensel, Minnesota will look to add a fifth quarterback during or after the draft.
— Mike Kafka (@mikekafka3) April 1, 2015
Welcome to Minnesota, Mike!