Landing on His Feet

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Brooks Bollinger lost out to John David Booty in the preseason race for the #3 QB slot on the Vikings, but Bollinger will not be unemployed long.  ESPN says the one-time Wisconsin Badger will be making a new home as the third quarterback behind Tony Romo and fellow former Vike Brad Johnson in Dallas.  The signing won’t happen until after the first game because then Dallas won’t have to guarantee his salary for the season (we pulled a similar thing with Koren Robison a couple years ago if you recall).  QB Richard Bartel, who the Purple saw a whole lot of in that final preseason game, was put on the Dallas practice squad but will likely be released after Bollinger is signed.  I mention this because of the interesting contrast it points up between the way Dallas and Minnesota have handled their QB situations.  The Vikings went with the young guy in Booty, while the Cowboys are electing to go with experience in Bollinger.  Of course the Cowboys know who their QB will be for the next 7-10 years, so there’s no reason for them to bother developing another young guy.  The Vikings?  No one knows yet if Tarvaris Jackson is the answer for the long-term, so it made sense for them to keep the project quarterback even if it meant a little less insurance.

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