Vikings claim Sage Rosenfels off waivers; no one claims Donovan McNabb
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Sage Rosenfels is back with the Minnesota Vikings.
Donovan McNabb's next stop is still to be determined.
The Vikings confirmed on Friday afternoon they were awarded Rosenfels on waivers, roughly 15 months after trading the journeyman quarterback to the New York Giants.
McNabb wasn't claimed, according to multiple reports, making him a free agent.
Rosenfels, 33, was released by the Giants in October after missing most of the preseason because of complications from strep throat. He signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Miami Dolphins, who placed him on thereserve/non-football injury list when he became ill again and then waived him on Thursday.
It's no surprise the Vikings were interested in Rosenfels, who will make $441,176 if he passes a physical and remains on the roster the rest of the season.
Rick Spielman, the Vikings' vice president of player personnel, spearheaded the decision to trade a fourth-round draft choice for Rosenfels and give him a two-year, $9 million contract extension in February 2009.
The Vikings signed Brett Favre six months later, though, and coach Brad Childress preferred Tarvaris Jackson as the No. 2 quarterback. So, Rosenfels was dealt to the Giants in a package with return man Darius Reynaud for fifth- and seventh-round picks the night before cutdown day in September 2010.
Because McNabb wasn't claimed, the Vikings are on the hook for the rest of his $5.05 million base salary because he's a vested veteran and can take the onetime option to file for termination pay.
"This was probably the most desirable outcome,'' McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, told The Associated Press. "This way it really gives him a chance to weigh his options and evaluate the situations as they come and make the best decision for him.
"The intent all along was to put himself in a position to explore any opportunities as they present themselves. He could not do that while he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings."
Apparently, Rosenfels wasn't the first player the Vikings targeted to replace McNabb either. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons promoted quarterback John Parker Wilson to their active roster on Friday after the Vikings tried to sign him.