Regardless of 2017 Result, Vikings Have a Crucial Offseason Ahead

As I write this, the Minnesota Vikings are looking to become the first time to play in a super bowl at their home stadium. So why bother worrying about what’s going to happen this offseason? Well the Vikings will have 0 signed quarterbacks on their roster at the end of the post season barring something happening between now and their elimination from the playoffs or their eventual raising of the Lombardi trophy.

On September 3rd, 2016 the Vikings gave the Eagles a 1st rounder in 2017 (Derek Barnett) and a 4th rounder in 2018 for former first overall pick Sam Bradford. In 2016 he went on to play 15 games completing 71% of his passes for 3,877 yards and a 20:5 TD:INT ratio, leaving his injury-prone reputation behind and returning to the role of starting quarterback and the Vikings finished the season 8-8. After getting out to a  fast start in 2017 he got hurt during the 2nd game and finished his season with a 74% completion percentage and a 3:0 touchdown to interception ratio.

March 31st, Case Keenum signs a 1-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings worth $2 million dollars with added incentive bonuses. Keenum took over after Bradford got hurt week 2 and the Vikings were rolling with him at quarterback. In 15 games this year with Minnesota Keenum completed 67% of his passes for 3,547 yards and 22 Tds. He threw 7 interceptions which was a few more than Bradford but he also helped lead the Vikings to a 13-3 record which was good for the No. 2 seed in the NFC this season.

The third and final quarterback on the Vikings roster is Teddy Bridgewater, who the Vikings used their 32nd pick in the 2014 NFL draft on. Teddy made his first in game appearance since 2015 this year after missing all of the 2016 season with a torn ACL that he tore during training camp. In his sophomore season with the Vikings he threw for 3,231 yards with a 14:9 TD:INT ration while completing 65% of his passes. While leading the Vikings to an 11-5 record and winning the NFC North.

Now the Vikings have three guys who are very likely never going to become an elite quarterback or will be able to singlehandedly carry a team to a super bowl. But they have 3 quarterbacks who can help manage a successful game which is exactly what the Vikings need with their elite defense. How they play it is up to them, whether they want the guy who is starting their game in the 2nd round and led them to the No. 2 seed in the NFC at safe to assume close to 7-10 million a year for 3-4 years then signing the 29 year old Keenum might be their safest option. Sam Bradford coming off another injury and hitting 30 could be looking at a short term prove it deal as either the starter for the vikings or a reliable back up plan. After the Vikings declined the 5th year option on Bridgewater it seems very likely that he will not be back with the Vikings next year and will test free agency. Seeing the potential that Bridgewater has it will be interesting to see the kind of deal he gets next year and if he is given the opportunity to start with a clean bill of health.

With a ton of options heading into free agency you have to wonder what happens after this potentially historical post season run for the Vikings. Whether they bring back 2/3 options or sign one long-term and draft a potential replacement for him in the later rounds.

Let us know what you think!