Updated: December 15th, 2010 5:04pm
Report: Vikings sign journeyman quarterback Patrick Ramsey

Report: Vikings sign journeyman quarterback Patrick Ramsey

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings apparently have found their backup plan at quarterback for Monday night.

Or, depending how things go this week, maybe even their starter.

The team agreed to terms on Wednesday afternoon with 31-year-old journeyman Patrick Ramsey, the Pioneer Press reported.

A first-round pick (32nd overall) by Washington in 2002, Ramsey started 24 games over four seasons with the Redskins, compiling a 10-14 record and a 75.0 passer rating. He hasn't started a game since 2005, bouncing between backup stints with the New York Jets, Denver, Tennessee, Detroit, Jacksonville and Miami, the latter two this year.

But the Vikings find themselves in a desperate spot, with Brett Favre doubtful because of numbness in his throwing arm and top backup Tarvaris Jackson questionable with turf toe.

They at minimum needed a backup option if Favre and Jackson both sit out -- and perhaps even a starter, depending how they would feel about giving rookie sixth-round draft pick Joe Webb the nod on Monday night against the Bears.

"That doesn't happen very often," interim coach Leslie Frazier said on Tuesday about starting a quarterback the same week he signs. "You've got to be pretty depleted for that to happen. We're getting close to that point, but that's definitely not the idea in the National Football league. That's very, very tough, especially if you haven't been with that team in training camp or at some point during the regular season and you're not familiar with their system. That's a tough deal. But, you've got to do what you've got to do to get out there."

NFL sources indicated the Vikings had put out word they were only interested in quarterbacks who knew the West Coast offense, since only three games remain in the season and the player signed might find himself in action after only three practices. That ruled out the likes of Josh McCown and former Viking Daunte Culpepper.

The Vikings will have to make a corresponding roster move before executing Ramsey's contract in time for practice on Thursday morning. They could release receiver Hank Baskett, who's rarely been active, or they could place someone on injured reserve -- perhaps backup safety Tyrell Johnson (knee) or left guard Steve Hutchinson (broken thumb).

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