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August 2006


Vikings deal Mosley for Bollinger

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

The Vikings have acquired fourth-year quarterback Brooks Bollinger from the New York Jets for second-year nose tackle C.J. Mosley and an undisclosed draft choice. Bollinger and Mosley both must complete physicals before the trade becomes officials.

Mosley has left the team in Dallas and is headed to New York. Bollinger played in only one game over his first two seasons with the Jets after playing college football at Wisconsin.

With Chad Pennington hurt last season, however, Bollinger started nine times and played in 11 games, completing 150 of 266 passes for 1,558 yards and seven touchdowns with six interceptions.

Bollinger figures to become the Vikings’ backup quarterback. Mike McMahon likely will be released this weekend when cuts are made to 53.

A Vikings official would not immediately discuss the trade but said coach Brad Childress will discuss it after tonight’s game in Dallas.

Bollinger, 26, was a sixth-round draft choice of the Jets in the 2003 draft.

The T.O. show

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Assuming Terrell Owens is in uniform tonight — and given his love for drama the bet here is that he is — the Vikings’ appearance at Texas Stadium for their exhibition finale will be about as secondary as it gets.

Not that Brad Childress is going to care. While most eyes will be on Owens and his hamstring, Childress has plenty to worry about. Is the running game starting to come together? How does the right side of the offensive line look? Can the first-team defense put together another impressive performance?

Childress will get one final game, one half really, to get a good feel for how his first-teamers look in game conditions. After that, he will have a chance to give some players on the bubble a final opportunity. The cutdown to the 53-man roster comes Saturday.

One guy who should be safe is receiver Jason Carter. This guy has done everything asked of him in camp and more. Besides, the Vikings receiving corps isn’t strong enough to make a mistake when it comes to roster moves. It’s looking more and more like the franchise will be regretting the decision to ship rookie free agent Hank Baskett to Philadelphia for Billy McMullen.

Feeley to Eagles; Detmer available; interest in Pinkston?

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

A.J. Feeley is off the market but Koy Detmer just hit the transacation wire. Feeley, who was released Monday by San Diego, agreed to terms on a two-year deal with his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles. Vikings coach Brad Childress said Tuesday the team would look at tape of Feeley; Childress was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia when Feeley played for the Eagles.

Detmer, meanwhile, was let go by Philly this morning and he might interest the Vikings, who are thought to be looking for a backup quarterback to Brad Johnson. Mike McMahon has had a poor preseason and isn’t even going to play in Thursday’s preseason finale at Dallas.

The Eagles also released Todd Pinkston. Childress also is very familiar with Pinkston. The Vikings are looking for receiver help and brought in free-agent receiver Derrick Hamilton for a look on Tuesday.

This is not to say that Pinkston would be the answer for a Vikings team that released receiver Koren Robinson last weekend. You can take a look at Pinkston’s career stats by going to http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/187621

As for Detmer’s stats go to http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/1749 to see what he has done in 103 games and only eight starts.

McMahon to sit; Feeley in plans?

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Coach Brad Childress’ quarterback rotation for the Vikings’ preseason finale on Thursday at Dallas does not include Mike McMahon. Childress said this afternoon that Johnson will play the entire first half — the result of the lengthy layoff before the regular-season opener on Sept. 11 — and be followed by rookie Tarvaris Jackson and J.T. O’Sullivan.

Childress tried to downplay what this means for McMahon but the veteran has struggled in the preseason. He has a QB rating of 23.7, compared to 112.2 for Jackson and 98.2 for Johnson. McMahon was signed as a free agent during the offseason to serve as Johnson’s backup; he played under Childress last season in Philadelphia and was familiar with the West Coast system the Vikings are using.

Childress also said the Vikings will take a look at tape of quarterback A.J. Feeley, who was released by San Diego on Monday. Feeley, like McMahon, played for the Eagles when Childress was that team’s offensive coordinator.

Childress said it will be a game-time decision whether cornerback Fred Smoot (ribs) and running back Mewelde Moore (knee) will play Thursday. Smoot would be replaced by Dovonte Edwards.

Interest in Feeley?

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

An interesting name hit the transaction wire last night when the San Diego Chargers released backup quarterback A.J. Feeley. Considering the fact Mike McMahon has had a poor preseason and rookie Tarvaris Jackson should be able to spend this year learning on the job and not being thrust into the starting role if something happens to Brad Johnson, Feeley’s availability should cause some interest at Winter Park.

Feeley knows the Vikings’ West Coast system very well, having played in it in Philadelphia when Brad Childress was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator. Feeley has started 13 of 18 games with the Eagles and Dolphins. The Dolphins actually had high hopes for Feeley at one time. Of course, he was cut for a reason. Feeley was outplayed by rookie Charlie Whitehurst. Philip Rivers is the Chargers’ starter.

For a complete story on the move go to http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/20060828-1953-fbn-chargers-feeley.html

Jeff George surfaces

Monday, August 28th, 2006

The former Vikings quarterback hasn’t thrown an NFL pass in five seasons but apparently that doesn’t bother Oakland. The Raiders signed George this afternoon as the league’s transaction wire heated up. The team already has Aaron Brooks, Andrew Walter and Marques Tuiasosopo in camp, which might explain why the Raiders felt it necessary to sign George.

In Philadelphia, the Eagles obviously were smart enough to realize that Hank Baskett probably isn’t the answer to all their receiving problems. The Eagles acquired Donte Stallworth from New Orleans for linebacker Mark Simoneau and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2007. Both players must pass physicals before the trade becomes official. Stallworth has been an underachiever in his NFL career but the change could help him.

Another move appears to be close as the Tennessee Titans are working on signing free agent QB Kerry Collins. This is according to the Tennessean. Collins is 33-years old and a player some Vikings followers thought the team might have an interest in, considering the shaky performance of backup QB Mike McMahon in training camp. Collins made 15 starts for the Raiders last year. Billy Volek has been shaky in training camp and the Titans could be looking to move him. Tennessee would then begin the season with Collins as its starter and Vince Young behind him.

By the way, the agent for Patriots receiver Deion Branch e-mailed today to say they aren’t commenting at this time. Branch, who is holding out, has until Sept. 1 to pursue a trade.

By the way, all appears to be quiet at Winter Park.

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