We’ve heard Donovan McNabb’s name mentioned in connection to the Vikings numerous times in recent weeks as a potential veteran presence at the quarterback position. A player like McNabb or Matt Hasselbeck, who have both started in the Super Bowl, would be among the small handful of veteran mentors that the Vikings would consider ideal for rookie Christian Ponder. The problem is Coach Frasier doesn’t want Ponder to rot on the bench all season and both of these players think they have enough in the tank to start for another 1-3 years. For McNabb, the Vikings situation can’t be viewed as anything more than a last resort if he’s unable to find a situation where he’s afforded an opportunity to compete for the starting job and more importantly keep it if he earns it.
One name that hasn’t been mentioned yet, that could be more wiling to accept a role as mentor and possible short term starter is former Ram and Raven Marc Bulger. Bulger had a good run as a starter on some pretty good Rams teams, but is two years removed from being effective. He may represent the type of player the Vikings should be focusing on, a former starter who is willing to mentor a young signal caller with the understanding that he may not get the opportunity to start. While, as far as I know, Bulger’s name hasn’t yet come up in connection to the Vikings, I’d expect it will in the coming weeks.