Update on Former Packers QB’s Tryout with Vikings
Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley was in town on Friday to audition for the Minnesota Vikings summer roster, perhaps to join a QB room including Kirk Cousins, Sean Mannion, Kellen Mond, and Nate Stanley.
And, for now, the tryout will remain just that — with emphasis on the try.
Had the organization signed Hundley, a man would’ve been released from the 90-man roster. Leaving Eagan without a deal indicates Hundley didn’t quite make the cut to nudge another man from the team.
Hundley, 28, is suddenly a young journeyman, spending time thus far in his career with the Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, and Indianapolis Colts. All of his starts occurred in Green Bay, where Hundley guided the Packers to a 3-6 record during the 2017 season. MVP passer Aaron Rodgers was injured that season, and Hundley was the next man up.
The UCLA alumnus has not caught on elsewhere, at least not in a QB1 capacity. While Hundley has backed up some of the league’s greats — Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, and of course, Rodgers — his ceiling is QB2 or QB3 by this time in his career.
If Hundley signed with the Vikings, it would have signaled a mini-hesitation about the Vikings opinion of Kellen Mond. A rookie last season, Mond did not win the QB2 job with former head coach Mike Zimmer in charge, and now onlookers are left to wonder whether Mond was merely disliked by Zimmer — or if he flat-out isn’t very good.
It’s one of 2022’s great purple mysteries.
Mond was a 3rd-Round choice in the 2021 NFL Draft, and 3rd-Rounders worth their salt should seize QB2 jobs with relative ease — especially with Sean Mannion as the competition. Mannion has a constructive personality in the locker room, but his on-the-field output is not dynamic.
Other players who tried out with Hundley but leaving without contracts included Jordan Silver (LS) from Arkansas, Hunter Toppel (OL) of Minnesota State, and Golder Gopher Coney Durr (DB).
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).