Vikings predraft roster analysis, Day 6: Quarterbacks
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At age 40, Favre is coming off a highly efficient season (33 TD passes, seven interceptions, career-high 107.2 passer rating) and seems likely to return, although perhaps not until mid-August. He took a beating before throwing a damaging interception in the NFC championship game but held up better physically than in 2008, when a shoulder injury marred his season with the New York Jets. Favre's family has pushed him to keep playing for years, and that probably won't change in an offseason that saw him become a grandfather. He's due $13 million in base salary in the back end of the two-year deal he signed last Aug. 18. Former starter Tarvaris Jackson is due $1.176 million under the restricted tender. Rosenfels -- signed last February with the expectation he'd compete for the starting job with Jackson -- is an extraordinarily high-priced No. 3, with base salaries of $2.6 million this year and $3 million in 2011.
ONE SCOUT'S TAKE
"Tarvaris, you need to let him play -- let him play through the mistakes and just keep him going, because he's a talented, athletic guy. If I were to equate the two, I think Tarvaris is more the playmaker, whereas Sage is more of the manager. (Rosenfels has) still got some quirks to work out. If they are stuck and Brett does not come back, they do have some question marks, that's definitely fair to say. But to me, I like some of the things Tarvaris showed in terms of arm strength and being able to make some plays with his athletic ability."
-- NFC pro scout
The Vikings might have an opportunity to draft a quarterback at No. 30, but unless Favre retires, there are much more pressing short-term needs. If they feel they can get the quarterback of the next 15 years, though, it wouldn't be a total shock for the Vikings to pull the trigger at any spot.
MEL KIPER'S TOP FIVE
Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame (6-3, 223)
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (6-4, 223)
Colt McCoy, Texas (6-2, 210)
Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan (6-3, 228)
Tim Tebow, Florida (6-3, 245)