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Updated: September 3rd, 2010 7:48pm
Vikings trade Sage Rosenfels, Darius Reynaud to Giants for future picks

Vikings trade Sage Rosenfels, Darius Reynaud to Giants for future picks

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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Tarvaris Jackson's job is safe. Sage Rosenfels will carry his strong preseason to a new home.

An NFL source confirmed on Friday night the Minnesota Vikings had traded their third-string quarterback to the New York Giants.

About an hour later, the Vikings announced on their Web site that return man Darius Reynaud also was included in the deal in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012 -- meaning the trade's primary function in the short term was to loosen logjams at quarterback and halfback.

The Vikings also have depth along the defensive line they could parlay to address their cornerback shortage in advance of Saturday's 5 p.m. deadline for cutting to 53 players.

NFL Network reported the 2011 pick is a fifth-rounder and the 2012 conditional pick is tied to Rosenfels' playing time.

Rosenfels outplayed Jackson throughout the preseason for the Vikings. But coach Brad Childress said again after Thursday's preseason finale against Denver -- in which Jackson completed 2 of 8 passes for 2 yards and was booed at the Metrodome -- that he remained committed to Jackson as Brett Favre's backup.

Trading Rosenfels had seemed a strong possibility ever since he was rendered a spectator during June's minicamp. He said early in training camp he never had discussed his temporary demotion with Childress.

Including Reynaud may signal the Vikings are confident Percy Harvin is over his migraines. Harvin excelled on kick returns last season and also had been working on punt returns before he left the team early in camp following the death of a grandmother.

Nickel cornerback Asher Allen also has worked extensively on punt returns, but it seems unlikely the Vikings would expose him given their existing shortage at the position. Then again, the Vikings are strong candidates to add another cornerback via trade, waivers or otherwise before the season opens Thursday at New Orleans.

With Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart locked into roster spots and Albert Young also a good bet to make the team, keeping Reynaud would have meant carrying four halfbacks by a team that sometimes only had two active on game days last season. Reynaud converted from receiver in the offseason.

Rosenfels is due $2.6 million in base salary this season -- too much for a No. 3 quarterback, but not a bad number for a team like the Giants that needed a No. 2 after Jim Sorgi's season-ending injury.

NFL scouts indicated early in camp that there would be a market for Rosenfels. One scout speculated the 32-year-old quarterback could command a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick from a team that lost its backup around this time of year.

"There's probably three, four teams in the NFL that have good depth at the quarterback spot," another scout said. "If a guy went down and a team needed a solid backup who's had some play time as a starter, I wouldn't be surprised if they solicited the Vikings."

The trade almost surely means the Vikings will go into the season with Favre, Jackson and rookie Joe Webb on the roster. Webb, the sixth-round draft pick from UAB, is the only member of the group is under contract beyond this season.

The trade first was reported by FoxSports.com.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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