Gus Frerotte will serve a second stint as the Vikings‘ #2 quarterback after agreeing in principle to a contract with the team. The deal will reportedly be for more than one year, but will not be finalized until after the NFL owners’ meetings which wrap up on Wednesday.
The Vikings were believed to be in pursuit of Houston Texans QB Sage Rosenfels, but recent statements by the Texans organization made it clear that they had no intention of letting Rosenfels go, given Matt Shaub’s tender physical state.
The 36-year-old Frerotte was plan B after Rosenfels. Coach Brad Childress watched tape on the former Rams QB and liked what he saw.
The thing is if you watch tape of Gus in St. Louis, you can still see that he can still fling the football and make all the spot throws. I talked to Scott Linehan about why he was cut by the Rams, and he told me that [offensive coordinator] Al Saunders wanted Trent Green as a backup because he knew his system, but Scott thought Gus can still play. You can see that he can by watching the film.
Frerotte first played for the Vikings in 2003 and 2004, starting two games in 2003 in place of Daunte Culpepper. He will almost certainly enter camp as the #2 QB behind Tarvaris Jackson. He’s definitely an upgrade over Brooks Bollinger, but I doubt many Vikings fans are going to be over-the-moon about this signing.