Sage Rosenfels is coming back to the team that once traded him away. The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly claimed the veteran quarterback off waivers a day after letting Donovan McNabb walk.
The Rosenfels saga in Minnesota was a sad one. Sage was acquired via trade in 2009 to compete with Tarvaris Jackson in camp, then saw himself relegated to 3rd QB duties when the Vikings went out and signed Brett Favre. Sage spent the season quietly performing his duties as clipboard caddie and official sounding-board for Favre, who after the season made special mention of the assistance Sage offered him on the sidelines.
If the 2009 season was frustrating for Rosenfels, the 2010 off-season was double-frustrating. Rosenfels and Jackson were both left dangling while Favre played his usual flip-flopping games. Favre ultimately returned, and Sage once again was looking at 3rd QB duties. But Sage was sprung from prison by Brad Childress who traded the QB along with punt returner Darius Reynaud to the Giants for a pair of draft picks. Nothing was ever proven, but rumor had it that Childress traded Rosenfels out of anger after Sage leaked certain unflattering details about Chilly to the media.
Now Sage has come full-circle. After being cut by the Dolphins, the QB is on his way back to the Vikings. And it looks like he will be the #3 quarterback again, unless Leslie Frazier decides to bolster the WR depth by using Joe Webb. At least this time Sage doesn’t have to worry about being screwed over by Brett Favre.
Update: The Vikings will pay Rosenfels $440,000 for five weeks. On top of the $1.1 million they still have to pay McNabb. That’s $1.5 million for two QBs who won’t play a snap. Nice work if you can get it.