Minnesota Vikings now have six quarterbacks under contract

(Photo by Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports) Danny Etling
(Photo by Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports) Danny Etling /

On Monday, the Minnesota Vikings added two more quarterbacks to their roster to make up for the absence of Kellen Mond, Kirk Cousins, and Nate Stanley.

On Sunday, Jake Browning was the only one out of the four Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks that didn’t land on the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 list.

This changed on Monday when the Vikings signed free-agent signal-caller Case Cookus and claimed former Seattle Seahawks passer Danny Etling off of waivers. With these two additions, Minnesota now has a total of six quarterbacks under contract with the team.

There’s a good chance that one, if not both, of the signal-callers the Vikings added on Monday will be let go in the near future whenever Kirk Cousins, Kellen Mond, and Nate Stanley come off the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

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On Monday, Minnesota brought in Cookus, former St John’s (MN) passer Jackson Erdmann, and former University of Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald for a workout.

In the end, Cookus did enough to earn a job with the Vikings for at least a few practices. Minnesota will be the third NFL team he has signed with since he went undrafted in 2020 out of Northern Arizona. The New York Giants and Denver Broncos are the other squads that have given the Vikings’ newest quarterback a brief look in the recent past.

The other passer Minnesota added on Monday was Etling, who was recently let go by the Seahawks to make room on their roster for a former Vikings quarterback, Sean Mannion.

After spending his college career at Purdue and LSU, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Etling was selected in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He spent his rookie season on the Patriots’ practice squad, and since then, he’s had stints with the Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons.

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Perhaps Minnesota will like what they see from their two newest quarterbacks during the next few days. Most likely, however, they are just placeholders until the signal-callers from the Reserve/COVID-19 list return to the field.