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Charley Walters: Vikings could add two quarterbacks for next season


Charley Walters: Vikings could add two quarterbacks for next season
The Vikings say they're still evaluating quarterback options for next season.


If they aren't able to trade with New England for Matt Cassel or with Seattle for Matt Hasselbeck, or acquire Brett Favre from the New York Jets, there still might be another option: acquire two QBs and let them compete for the starting job.

It's unclear what the Vikings' strategy is. But it wouldn't be surprising, if other avenues fail, if they were to try to trade with Cleveland for Derek Anderson as well as sign free agent Jeff Garcia from Tampa Bay or free agent Rex Grossman from Chicago.

Anderson is due a $5 million bonus next month, and the Browns, who intend to start Brady Quinn, might have to waive Anderson if they can't trade him.

In an attempt to get Cassel, some people believe the Vikings would have to trade running back Chester Taylor and a first-round draft pick to the Patriots. Taylor has one season left on his contract, then would be free to leave. If he were to be traded, the Vikings would have to pick a running back high in April's draft as a backup to Adrian Peterson.

That was six-time Pro Bowl Vikings center Matt Birk and wife Adrianna watching Sunday's Super Bowl XLIII with Roger Goodell and his wife and Gen. David Petraeus in the NFL commissioner's private suite in Tampa, Fla.

The Harvard-educated, 11-year NFL veteran Birk, who becomes a free agent on Feb. 27 and intends to continue playing, would seem a perfect choice to succeed the late Gene Upshaw as director of the NFL Players Association.

For defeating the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl, ex-Gophers Tyrone Carter, Matt Spaeth and Gary Russell of the Pittsburgh Steelers will receive checks of $73,000 each, rings valued at nearly $6,000 and a trip to meet President Obama at the White House. Former Holy Angels star Larry Fitzgerald Jr., who already has a $40 million contract with the Cardinals, will receive $38,000.

Steelers punter Mitch Berger, who played for the Vikings for six seasons and has been with 12 teams in 15 years, punted for the Cardinals last season.

The Gophers Football team reports that 42 players had grade-point averages of 3.0 (B) or better last semester, including 27 Big Ten all-academic players, the most in the conference.

The Gophers will be a No. 5 seed, along with Purdue, Kansas and West Virginia, in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, according to a projection by Sporting News Today.

With six weeks before the tournament field is selected, the No. 19 Gophers have been ranked in the nation's top 25 for seven consecutive weeks.

The reason coaches Tubby Smith of the Gophers and Bruce Weber of Illinois were wearing basketball shoes instead of street shoes during their recent game at Williams Arena was to partake in a "Suits and Sneakers" promotion for the Coaches vs. Cancer program.

Star of the Gophers' incoming Football recruiting class that will be announced today is Ra'Shede Hageman, Minneapolis Washburn's 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end.

The Gophers are considering holding their spring Football game April 25, perhaps at the University of St. Thomas if logistics allow.

The Mancini's St. Paul Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony will be May 11 at the Char House.

Former Gophers slugger Mike Mee, who is in the Arizona Diamondbacks' system, has his Sunday baseball instructional camps beginning this week at the Richfield High gymnasium. For more information, call 612-229-6344.

Minnesotans Joe Hartman, Mike Lee, Keegan Flaherty, Josh Birkholz, Seth Helgeson, Blake Thompson, David Eddy, Danny Kristo and Nick Larson have made the U.S. Hockey League All-Star Game that's tonight in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Nick Horvath, the 1999 Mr. Basketball Minnesota from Shoreview, had 10 points and three rebounds the other day for his South team in a 101-96 victory over the New Zealand Breakers, for whom Rick Rickert, the 2001 Mr. Basketball Minnesota from Duluth East, had four points and one rebound.

Isaiah Dahlman, the 2006 Mr. Basketball Minnesota from Braham, has played in just three games and averaged just 1.7 minutes as a junior for the Michigan State team that plays host to the Gophers tonight.

Former Tartan basketball star Kwadzo Ahelegbe is averaging nearly 12 points a game as a sophomore for Northern Iowa. Teammate Travis Brown, a senior guard who played at Richfield, is averaging nearly five points.

DON'T PRINT THAT

With marquee running back Adrian Peterson, it wouldn't be surprising if the Vikings were chosen to open next season in Pittsburgh against the Super Bowl champion Steelers.

Not only can Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom become a free agent at season's end, so can ex-Wild goalie Manny Fernandez -- Wild coach Jacques Lemaire's nephew -- of the Boston Bruins.

Missouri prep running back Ronnie Wingo, whom the Gophers hoped to sign, will sign with Arkansas.

OVERHEARD

Gophers Football coach Tim Brewster, on what he seeks in a recruiting class: "I go back to Tony Dungy telling me you want to win a championship, but you want to be proud of the way you won it. That's how I feel about our kids -- I want to win a championship in the worst way, but I want to be proud of our kids and I want people to be proud of our team. Character plays a big part of it."



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: February 4, 2009

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