If there’s a quarterback in the NFL who even might be available in a trade, you can bet somebody somewhere has suggested the Vikings might want to pick up the phone. Yet while people outside of the organization might be in a panic, general manager Rick Spielman sounds like he’s prepared to stay the course.
The injury to Teddy Bridgewater may have destroyed the Vikings’ plans to compete for a Super Bowl in 2016, but that doesn’t mean the organization is willing to give away good, young players for a stopgap. As Tom Pelissero for USA Today reports, Spielman won’t listen to the noise and instead will continue looking ahead.
“The one thing that I will not do, and I promise you this, is put our organization in a situation where it’s going to inhibit us or hurt us going into the future,” Spielman told reporters before the Vikings’ preseason finale against the Los Angeles Rams.
“By that, I mean people are asking for some crazy things. People think that you are desperate, and we are not going to do something that in my estimation, and talking with Coach Zim (Mike Zimmer) and our ownership, that puts us in a situation where we jeopardize the future of this franchise.”
Spielman admitted the Vikings are searching for a quarterback and hope to find somebody in the next 48 hours. However, it sounds as though other NFL teams are trying to take advantage of their situation after the devastating Bridgewater news and are asking for more than their available signal callers are worth.
Considering the regular season is little more than a week away, it might make sense for the Vikings to roll with veteran Shaun Hill anyway considering the likely options. Hill may be 36, but he hasn’t performed horribly in the past, building a 16-18 record as a starter.
The reality is it’s going to be hard to do better, particularly if NFL teams are going to try to “win” any potential swaps. Of course, there’s about to be an influx of quarterbacks on the waiver wire as well with cuts on the way, which could give the Vikings some leverage in trade talks.