Sage Rosenfels knows the drill: you’re the guy the organization says will get a “chance to compete” for a starting job, then they run out and grab a name guy and sign him to a big contract, and you’re relegated to #2 duty without benefit of that promised competition. It happened to Sage in Houston when the Texans traded for Matt Schaub, and if things continue on their present trajectory, it will happen to him again in Minnesota, courtesy of a gray-beard gunslinger with an itchy trigger finger.
But like I said, Sage knows the drill. None of this is new to him. Which is why he is able to say things like this when asked about the Brett Favre rumors swirling typhoon-like around his new organization:
Nothing really surprises me anymore. There are a lot of rumors in the NFL and I have learned to just go about my business. … It doesn’t change the way I work out or the way I prepare. I always say frustration is a self-inflicted wound. For me to get frustrated would just hurt me as a player and doesn’t benefit me whatsoever.
Sage seems a likable, even-tempered guy – but I wonder how well he would take it if he found out the Favre deal had been in the works all along, and the Vikings only traded for and signed him to cover themselves in the event Favre’s arm didn’t come back. A thing like that could really make a guy bitter, getting played like that. But I can’t see Zygi Wilf, Rick Spielman and Brad Childress being quite that devious. Can you?