Frerotte frustrated with late-season handling
Gus Frerotte (Christian Peterson/Getty)
Gus Frerotte (Christian Peterson/Getty)
Posted Jan 6, 2009

Quarterback Gus Frerotte told that he didn’t know what to think about how the quarterback position was handled in the late stages of the season, but he said he gave the Vikings the best chance to win.

Gus Frerotte has a year remaining on the deal he signed with the Vikings last spring, but if his comments to mean anything, he may not be back with the team in 2009.

Frerotte, who wasn’t available to the media during the open locker room session on “getaway day,” told the website that he was disillusioned by his treatment late in the season after being benched due to injury.

“I just don’t know what to think right now,” Frerotte said. “It was a very frustrating experience because I felt like I should have been the one playing. That might sound selfish, but I think would’ve given us the best chance to win. I’m going home to St. Louis to be with my family and figure out where things stand, but the way things played out at the end really makes me question things.”

While it wasn’t certain whether the Vikings were planning to bring Frerotte back next season or not, that statement might be the wedge the seals the deal on the parting of the ways between Gus and the team.


  • Kevin Williams and Pat Williams have filed a $10 million lawsuit against the NFL, claiming that the league violated two Minnesota laws and are seeking damages. The complaint was filed over the weekend.

  • The Vikings named their in-house most valuable players Monday. Adrian Peterson got the award for the offense, Kevin Williams for the defense and Ryan Longwell for special teams.

  • Pat Williams said he expected to play Sunday, despite his injured shoulder, by his estimation, only being at 80 percent. But Williams said, “at the last minute” Brad Childress told him he was going to be inactive for Sunday’s game with Philadelphia. Williams said he was ready and willing to go, but got shut down against his will.

  • Artis Hick will have surgery later this week to repair his injured right triceps. The injury happened in the season opener against the Packers and he played left tackle during the first four weeks of the season with the injury while he replaced the suspended Bryant McKinnie. He aggravated the injury against Jacksonville and missed three games down the stretch.

  • Darren Sharper will be hanging out at Winter Park for an extra week or two to rehab his ankle. He left Sunday’s game in the second quarter with what has been diagnosed as a high ankle sprain. Had the Vikings won, Sharper estimated that he might have been ready had the team advanced to the Super Bowl, but likely in neither of the games of the remaining NFC playoffs.

  • Ray Edwards told Viking Update that he won’t need surgery on his injured knee. It has been diagnosed as a strain that will heal on its own.

  • The team signed three familiar faces to futures contracts Monday – wide receiver Jaymar Johnson, guard Brian Daniels and running back Albert Young.

  • Former Viking Michael Bennett is being sued in Florida for an alleged assault that took place in October. The suit, which includes Bennett and former Bucs teammate Anthony Davis, claims at the time of the assault Bennett was carrying a gun.

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