The Minnesota Vikings have had the best running back in the NFL in Adrian Peterson for quite some time now, but even All-Day cannot lead the team on his own. In today’s NFL, which is clearly driven by quarterbacks, it is difficult to get to the next level without a high-caliber signal caller. The Vikings came close when they had Brett Favre, but with a revolving door under center that has included Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, Josh Freeman and Joe Webb, it is hard to see Minnesota taking that next step forward, even with Peterson leading the league in the backfield. Now, with the Vikings never knowing just how many All-Pro seasons Peterson has left in his banged-up but super-natural body, the team must either look to the 2014 NFL Draft or the upcoming free agency period as a place to bring in their next franchise quarterback. If Peterson has any say in the matter, the Vikings may look to sign Michael Vick.
Peterson tweeted out on his Twitter account that Vick “would intently make the Vikings a playoff team.” While I happen to disagree with his belief, even Vick may be an upgrade over any of the quarterbacks who were on Minnesota’s roster in 2013. Then again, Vick has not been healthy enough to truly gauge just how much he has left in his also battered body at the age of 34, although he was fairly turnover-prone as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles over the past two seasons, losing out to second-year star Nick Foles last season.
Ponder is the only quarterback the Vikings have on their roster after Cassel opted out of his deal. Freeman is also a free agent, and the free agent quarterback market is rather thin, unless you happen to believe in the abilities of the likes of Josh McCown and David Garrard.
Therefore, one can possibly see why Peterson would see Vick as an upgrade. Personally, I would see absolutely no reason whatsoever to bring in Vick, especially with his declining skills and aging legs. I am not advocating the Vikings sign a free agent wither, but I would have much more confidence in drafting a quarterback such as Teddy Bridgewater of the Louisville Cardinals with the No. 8 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Depending on how the seven teams ahead of them use their draft picks in early May, Bridgewater could be off of the board in favor of someone such as Blake Bortles of the Central Florida Knights or Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M Aggies.
Minnesota could also opt to trade down if its desired quarterback is no longer available in hopes of landing a player such as Derek Carr of the Fresno State Bulldogs or even Jimmy Garoppolo of the Eastern Illinois Panthers. Any of these quarterbacks would stand just as good of a chance – if not better, at least in my opinion – of helping the Vikings get back to the NFL Playoffs in 2014.