Hence, the Vikings’ owner and general manager see nothing wrong with this. From the Houston Chronicle:
The Texans and Minnesota are close to completing a trade that would send quarterback Sage Rosenfels to the Vikings, possibly for a fourth-round draft choice.
The Texans had no comment on the report.
Probably because it’s not polite to giggle like a schoolgirl when asked your thoughts on getting a potential asset in exchange for a certain sunk cost.
This is the second year in a row in which the Vikings have been interested in acquiring Rosenfels as their starting quarterback. Rosenfels, who won six games in the last two seasons when replacing the injured Matt Schaub, is approaching the last year of his contract. If the trade is completed, the Vikings will want to extend Rosenfels’ contract.
A point worth parsing out in that last paragraph:
Rosenfels, who won six games in the last two seasons when replacing the injured Matt Schaub
Yep, he went 4-1 in relief of injured starter Matt Schaub in 2007. But it also seems like it merits mentioning that he went 2-4 last year, including, of course, an epic failure against the Colts that completely shot all confidence in his ability to wrest control of a team with an all-world wide receiver in Andre Johnson and developing defensive talent:
Y’know, just in case Mrs. Wilf and Spielman (or anyone in Houston, for that matter) forgot.
Still, it’s nice of Chronicle staffer John McClain to explain Rosenfels’ interest in the move:
The reason Rosenfels wants to be traded to the Vikings is that he would have a chance to start for a team that has Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor at running back and as has led the NFL in run defense for the last two years.
In essence: “He wants to play for them because they have more good players than the team he doesn’t start for now.” See, that’s the kind of penetrating analysis you so rarely get outside of the mainstream media.