Vikings Reportedly Explored Multiple New QBs on Trade Market

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It wasn’t Joshua Dobbs with a singular focus.

The Minnesota Vikings allegedly had several contingency plans at quarterback after Kirk Cousins fell injured last weekend at the Green Bay Packers. Minnesota won the game 24-10 — kicking off life after Aaron Rodgers with a triumph in the cheese state — but lost Cousins for the rest of 2023.

Vikings Reportedly Explored Multiple New QBs on Trade Market

The franchise will now pivot to Jaren Hall, a rookie quarterback from the 5th Round of the 2023 NFL Draft, with a side dish of veteran Nick Mullens, who will likely return from injured reserve soon, and Dobbs from the Arizona Cardinals via trade on Tuesday.

There are options.

But the Vikings also reportedly had eyes on other options, like Jameis Winston from the New Orleans Saints, Jacoby Brissett with the Washington Commanders, and John Wolford of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to KSTP‘s Darren Wolfson.

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“It’s not like it was Josh Dobbs or bust. I mean John Wolford, my understanding is he was the guy they really wanted, but then Tampa made the elevation. Moved him up from the practice squad to the 53-man roster,” Wolfson told SKOR North’s Mackey & Judd Show on Friday.

Wolford is now the QB3 on Tampa Bay’s active roster behind Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask.

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Wolfson added, “They kicked the tires on some other guys. Jacoby Brissett with Washington, on an expiring contract. I know Jameis Winston’s name came up internally. I don’t know how far it got.”

Winston was the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and while that option may not have been guaranteed production, it would’ve been the splashiest trade, at least per fans’ expectations.

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Yet, with no Winston, Brissett, or Wolford, the Vikings will lean on Hall, Dobbs, and Mullens, a trio totally up in the air per folks’ forecasts. Some, like former NFLer Robert Griffin III, believe Hall will thrive on Sunday at the Atlanta Falcons and perhaps never surrender the job. Others believe Hall is a Kellen Mond redux, and it’s only a matter of time before Dobbs or Mullens get the nod.

Atlanta is favored by 3.5 points to take down Minnesota, even without its top wide receiver, Drake London.

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Dobbs will be the QB2, meaning he’d be the next many up if Hall were injured or appeared flatly unprepared. Dobbs started eight games for the Cardinals this season, tallying 11 total touchdowns to 5 interceptions. His team, however, fired up a 1-7 record on his watch.

The Vikings have defeated the Falcons four times in five games since 2014.

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 Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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