Monday, June 26, 2017

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This is not a Sam vs. Teddy thing, I promise.

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Our next installment of our Vikings Free Agency Primer series: the quarterbacks. Check out our other primers on tight ends, defensive ends, cornerbacks, and safeties.

At the top, the 2017 Vikings quarterback situation is cut and dried: Sam Bradford is the starter. Any prospects for a Bradford/Bridgewater training camp competition—or full-on reclamation of the starting job by Teddy—have been squashed by the speculation Bridgewater will miss all of the 2017 season, the reports he still has not resumed football activities, and the declaration by Mike Zimmer that Bradford has earned the right to be the starting quarterback.

So we wish Teddy well in his rehab, hope his career isn’t completely over, and perhaps even talk ourselves into the idea that he will return to practice at some point next year. But until we have a reason to believe otherwise, Sam Bradford is the Vikings’ starting quarterback.

However, the position isn’t settled. Bradford’s backup last year—Shaun Hill—is a free agent, and early indications are he will either retire or not be re-signed. And with Bradford’s injury history combined with the Vikings’ porous offensive line, having a capable backup is more important than ever. We’ll look at a couple ways the team could handle that.

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The Minnesota Vikings have had 34 quarterbacks start games for this illustrious franchise. Andy ranks them #1 all the way through #34. There are a few Hot Takes in the rankings, most notably who’s at #32, #7, and #2 overall. (That’s a tease)

The Ranking Criteria Include (But are not limited to):
• Statistics
• Short Greatness vs Extended Averageness
• Lofty Expectations vs None
• The Grandma Scale™
• Andy’s Personal Opinion

So enjoy the rankings! If you agree or disagree, please let us know in the comment section or hit me up on Twitter @AndyCarlsonShow or @PurpleForTheWin!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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 “The first sentence I wrote on him in the free agency preview is that “he is better than Everson Griffen”. I sincerely think that.”

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) joins me again on the podcast to talk Vikings Free Agency and what the cap rich – and potentially more cap rich if they move Adrian – Purple People Eaters will do once the FA flood gates open on March 10th.

We run through the Top-10 list of potential free agents Arif listed on his count down over at Vikings Journal, hit on some big name pipe dream FA names to keep the rubes happy, and also break down what it’s like to be in the crosshairs of #KeyboardWarriorNation after his latest Adrian article.

We also speculate what the Cassel trade means for the backup QB position, what Spielman could potentially alchemy that 5th round pick into, and how the “Bro-Hug” meeting between Rick, Zimmer, & Adrian will affect the 30-year old running back’s future with the team.

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Back in January, as part of our Free Agency Preview features, I opined that the biggest question facing the quarterback depth chart this offseason was whether or not the team would be keeping veteran Matt Cassel who has been relegated to backup status due to the emergence of Teddy Bridgewater.

The Vikings could certainly do worse than Cassel when it comes to their primary backup position, but he carries a cap number of $4.75 million in 2015 which is considerable for a backup. Still, some are surprised (like our friend Christopher Gates over at Daily Norseman) that the Vikings are non-committal about Cassel being on the roster during the upcoming season.

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