However, in the bigger picture of things, there may be a method to the madness of letting the word out. There are multiple veteran quarterbacks with Pro Bowl experience – a short list includes Donovan McNabb, Matt Hasselback and Vince Young – that are scheduled to be available when a collective bargaining agreement is reached. It may be that the Vikings, intentional or not, are throwing out the cash-filled olive branch to the disgruntled, the displaced, the dispossessed. The grass will be greener in Minnesota.
The Vikings clearly are in the QB market with Brett Favre's retirement and Tarvaris Jackson – a "Childress guy" – being a free agent. The Vikings are far from alone in being a franchise in need of a quarterback. Just those currently scheduled to pick in front of the Vikings on draft day include Carolina, Denver (Tebow love may have left with Josh McDaniels), Buffalo, Cincinnati, Arizona, Cleveland, San Francisco, Tennessee and Washington. It would have been easier to say that only Dallas and Houston don't currently have a need at QB, but given their position in front of the Vikings (Dallas at No. 9 and Houston at No. 11) they could be ideal trade positions for both teams to move out of their spots and give way to a team looking at snagging a QB.
"I really hope we can get that quarterback position settled before we get to training camp," Frazier said at the Senior Bowl. "We have (to get) a good feel for, OK, this guy is going to give us a good chance when we get to camp to really compete and we've got the right two or three guys there who we feel like we're going to compete for the NFC North next season. And then you can fill in all the other pieces to the puzzle. But just being able to sleep at night knowing that you put that to rest."
Whether or not the Vikings are going to use their first-round draft pick on a QB or not, they have acknowledged the obvious – that they're in the market for a quarterback and will be willing to spend to get a rookie and a veteran. Let the games begin.