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3 Unpopular Quarterbacks The Vikings Could Go After

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3 Unpopular Quarterbacks The Vikings Could Go After

The Vikings are going to have to make a decision at the quarterback position this offseason. They can choose to keep one of their three free-agent quarterbacks on the roster, or they can go after one in free agency. Kirk Cousins will be one of the most sought-after players during NFL free agency this offseason, but there are some unpopular quarterbacks the Vikings may look at as well.

Most likely, the Vikings already know whom they want to be starting next season. However, they will probably only be able to afford one of the current quarterbacks on their roster. Therefore, Minnesota will at least need to find a backup in free agency or via trade. There are plenty of options that will be flying under the radar this offseason.

AJ McCarron – Free Agency

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AJ McCarron is mostly known for his dominance at the University of Alabama, but McCarron has many of the traits that NFL teams look for in a quarterback. He is a smart quarterback that has a fiery passion, which he displayed consistently in college.

As a backup to Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, McCarron has not taken many snaps in the NFL. He has thrown a pass in just ten games for the Bengals. Even so, McCarron has shown flashes that he can be a successful quarterback in the league.

In the ten games McCarron has played, he has thrown for 920 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. For a guy who has only started in three of those games, the stats are pretty good.

I wouldn’t mind seeing McCarron as a backup in Minnesota not only because of his championship pedigree in college but also because of his touchdown to interception ratio. With the way the Vikings defense is, as long as the quarterback doesn’t turn the ball over, the team will be fine.

Obviously, AJ wouldn’t be the guy I would bring in as a starter, but as a backup McCarron could give some added security if they decide to go the risky route with Teddy Bridgewater.

Tyrod Taylor – Trade

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Tyrod Taylor is an option that I am not even sure is possible, but he is one of the more unpopular quarterbacks in Buffalo, and I am not entirely sure why. If the Bills are not 100 percent sold on Taylor as their quarterback, there is the possibility he gets traded. The Bills showed they were not all for Taylor when they benched him in the middle of a season where the BIlls were exceeding expectations.

Taylor is a unique talent in the NFL. His mobility and good decision-making skills make him a rare breed among other quarterbacks in the league. In 15 games in 2017, Taylor threw for 2,799 yards with 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He added 427 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground as well. This is not just a one-year thing for Taylor however. In his career, he has thrown 2.8 touchdowns to every one interception.

Like I stated about McCarron, the Vikings will benefit from a quarterback that doesn’t turn the ball over, and Taylor is one of the best in the NFL at it. Taylor’s contract has him set to make $15 million in the upcoming season. This would make him a cheaper option than both Cousins and Keenum. I think the Vikings should at least look into what the Bills would be asking for him, and if the price is right, take a leap of faith.

Lamar Jackson – Draft

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Lamar Jackson is a standout college quarterback that has a Heisman Trophy on his resume. Not many people would be willing to restart with a rookie quarterback, but Lamar Jackson can be as talented as Mike Vick. Jackson has the size of an NFL quarterback and is well above average in the speed category.

Jackson’s arm strength tends to fly under the radar. He can hit any throw on the field. The Vikings would potentially have to trade up in the draft to get Lamar, but if somehow he is available at their pick the Vikings should pull the trigger.

Comparable to Deshaun Watson, Lamar Jackson is being overlooked. His team heavily relies on him, and Jackson continuously delivers under pressure. I’m not saying Jackson is the answer, but he has all the tools to be a great NFL quarterback.


Minnesota most likely has their mind made up on who they want their starter to be, but these are three unpopular quarterbacks that could make an impact on the Vikings roster. My interest; along with that of many others; is piqued as to what Minnesota will do at the quarterback position. Whatever decision they make could make or break the next three to four years.