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Lunchbreak: 3 Vikings, Prospects in NFL.com's List of QBs 'Worth Pursuing'

Posted Feb 19, 2018

NFL Media analyst and former QB David Carr on Monday put together a list of his top 10 quarterbacks “worth pursuing” in free agency or the draft, and three Vikings were on the list.

Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater all have contracts set to expire next month.

Carr started his list with Drew Brees and Kirk Cousins but then slotted Case Keenum at No. 3. Carr wrote:

Keenum’s not the most talented quarterback on the market, but he did a phenomenal job in Minnesota this season. From taking this team over early in the season to executing a throw that resulted in the Minneapolis Miracle, Keenum proved he can handle any situation. People knocked him all season, but he answered the bell each week, leading the Vikings to a [12-4] record as a starter (including playoffs). His accuracy, poise and leadership just might put him in another starting role in 2018. He's definitely earned it.

Carr then turned to draft prospect Josh Rosen out of UCLA at No. 4, followed by Bengals and Saints backups A.J. McCarron and Chase Daniel, before listing Wyoming QB Josh Allen at No. 7.

After ranking prospects Sam Darnold (Southern Cal) and Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) at No. 8 and 9, Carr rounded out his list with Bradford and Bridgewater. 

Carr noted that Bradford would be near the top of the list if not for a knee issue that prompted him to miss all but two starts in 2017.

Since Carr said Brees “shouldn’t even be on this list” because he expects a contract extension for Brees from New Orleans, he added an 11th QB with Bridgewater and noted the 2014 first-round pick can benefit from a full offseason as he continues his comeback from a 2016 knee injury. 

NFL’s Leiweke hails ‘quintessential Minnesota experience’

Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune interviewed NFL COO Tod Leiweke for a review of Super Bowl LII, which marked the second time for Minnesota to host the big game and first in 26 years.

Leiweke, a former president of the Minnesota Wild, told Hartman that the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee and people of Minnesota delivered a “world-class, unique event.”

Leiweke said the Minnesota Super Bowl thrived by gearing itself around the winter weather since most Super Bowls are held in warmer climates.

“I was the one who said, ‘This could be spectacular.’ We came in a night early to go out and enjoy what we felt was the quintessential Minnesota experience,” Leiweke told Hartman. “We took the Commissioner [Roger Goodell] out on some Polaris sleds and went around White Bear Lake, and that’s really how we started the week. We said that we were going to embrace all that was great about Minnesota, and it was all there.

“I think people came and had a fantastic week,” Leiweke continued. “They felt a unique, warm feeling that I think is so quintessential Minnesota, and then a fantastic football game in an incredible venue.”