After winning the Grey Cup with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders in November, quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell will reportedly workout for the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday.
Over the past few seasons, the Minnesota Vikings have taken an interest in some players who spent time in the Canadian Football League. Vikings wide receiver Brandon Zylstra is a product of the CFL and the one of the few with experience in the league to make an actual NFL roster this year.
Minnesota has also had a cup of coffee in the recent past with a few other players that spent time in the CFL including Terrell Sinkfield, Emmanuel Arceneaux, Roderick Williams, Brian Peters, Simoni Lawrence, and Duron Carter.
Some guy named Bud Grant got his start in the CFL too before becoming the head coach of the Vikings in 1967.
On Tuesday it was revealed that quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell is the latest CFL product to gain interest from the Vikings. Mitchell will reportedly workout with Minnesota on Wednesday according to TSN’s Davis Sanchez.
The 28-year-old quarterback is coming off a season where he helped lead the Calgary Stampeders to the Grey Cup (the Canadian Super Bowl) and he was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player.
In 18 appearances for the Stampeders this year, Mitchell threw a league-leading 35 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and averaged 285 passing yards per game. He also carried the ball 16 times for 108 yards.
Mitchell has definitely been successful during his time in the CFL. But the quarterback is a native of Texas, so attempting to come back to the United States and play in the NFL is clearly something he still wants to do.
Obviously, the Vikings are not looking for a starting quarterback anytime soon having just given Kirk Cousins a truckload of money in March.
But current Minnesota backup signal-caller Trevor Siemian is set to become a free-agent in 2019. So if his workout goes well on Wednesday, it’s possible that Mitchell could be the guy the Vikings select to sit behind Cousins for next season.