View Full Version : Backup QBs take a pass on miserly Vikings

09-03-2006, 08:26 PM
Backup QBs take a pass on miserly Vikings
Paying a benchwarmer's salary to starter Brad Johnson left the Vikings with few options in the search for his understudy.
Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune

"According to an agent who represents a veteran backup, the Vikings made it clear they would not sign a potential No. 2 quarterback seeking a salary equal to or greater than Johnson's.

The Vikings certainly are not the first NFL team to avoid paying a backup more than a starter. But only one team, Cleveland, is paying its starting quarterback (Charlie Frye) less than the Vikings have committed to Johnson. By one count, there are 40 quarterbacks -- starters and backups -- who are poised to earn more than $1.2 million this season.

That limitation, entirely self-imposed, forced the Vikings to sift through the least attractive members of the free agent class. They never competed for Jon Kitna, Josh McCown or Brian Griese. Buffalo outbid them for Craig Nall, and just this week, Kerry Collins signed with Tennessee -- for nearly $2 million in 2006 compensation."

this sounds like the McCombs mentality is still lingering with the vikings organization.
they give johnson 2-3mil this season they could have had griese as a backup and in turn actually hurt the bears a little more.

09-03-2006, 08:52 PM
I thought this was already posted?

09-03-2006, 09:14 PM
Wow, old.

If it is in the Twin Cities papers and 4 days old, best bet is somebody has covered it.

Also, need a link.