Teddy Bridgewater suffered a "significant" knee injury Tuesday during practice, and head coach Mike Zimmer indicated it could be a season-ender for the Minnesota Vikings quarterback. With that in mind, FOX Sports North offers up some options for quarterbacks the Vikings might want to add to the roster. Some are unsigned while others would have to be acquired in a trade.
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Jimmy Clausen (free agent)
Clausen started 10 games for Carolina in 2010 in his rookie season after being selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Panthers. He has started just four games since, including three last season when he split time between Chicago and Baltimore. In 22 career games -- he didn't play in 2011 or 2013 -- Clausen has completed just 54.2 percent of his passes for 2,520 yards with seven touchdowns and 14 interceptions. It is hard to see Clausen being "the man" but he could be brought in to be a veteran backup.
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Austin Davis (free agent)
Davis was cut by Cleveland as the Browns got down to their 75-man roster. He started three games for the Browns last year and eight for the Rams in 2014. Davis has respectable statistics in 13 career games, completing 62.4 percent of his passes for 2,548 yards with 13 TDs and 9 INTs. He also wouldn't cost the Vikings any compensation.
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Nick Foles (Kansas City Chiefs)
The Vikings reportedly had interest in signing Foles after he was released by the Rams. He ended up signing with Kansas City, where he was reunited with head coach Andy Reid, who drafted him back in 2012 in Philadelphia in 2012. Foles had an incredible year in 2013 under new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly -- 64.0 percent completions with 27 TDs and just 2 INTs -- but struggled in 2014 with Philly and was abysmal for the Rams in 2015 (56.4%, 7 TD, 10 INT). Foles is slated to the backup QB in K.C., and, back with Reid, it might be doubtful that they'd deal him barring decent compensation. We'd call this one doubtful, but put it in the category of "you never know."
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Shaun Hill (Minnesota Vikings)
OK, this is not an acquisition, but the Vikings could just roll with Hill the rest of the way. Regardless of the situation, Hill figures to be the starter for a while as Minnesota would need to get any new quarterback up to speed on their playbook (remember the Josh Freeman fiasco?) and the only other QB currently on the roster is rookie Joel Stave, an undrafted free agent. Hill has been through this before, taking over as Rams QB after Sam Bradford was lost for the season in 2014. Hill has been in the league since 2005 and has played in 46 games with 34 starts. He has a 62.0 completion percentage with 49 TDs and 30 INTs. He has never played in more than 11 games in a season (2010, with Detroit). Hill played in three games for Minnesota last year.
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Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers)
Kaepernick might be on the outs in San Francisco, where an injury limited his time early in camp with Blaine Gabbert taking the reins of the starting job. Of course, there's also a little controversy with the national anthem which isn't helping his cause. Once considered one of the NFL's most exciting young QBs, Kaepernick has fallen out of favor, especially after last season when he threw for just six TDs in nine games (eight starts) with eight INTs. Kaepernick also has a huge contract which would be a detriment to any trade. He's also perhaps a great buy-low, high-risk candidate.
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Zach Mettenberger (free agent)
The former Titans quarterback was waived by San Diego as the Chargers cut their roster down to 75 players. Minnesota could put in a claim for him or, if no one else claims him, just sign him off the scrap heap. Mettenberger has 14 games and 10 starts under his belt, completing 60.3 percent of his passes with 12 TDs and 14 INTs. On the down side, he once antagonized J.J. Watt (not smart) and his team has lost every game he's started.
Murray was drafted out of Georgia in 2014 in the fifth round by Kansas City but has yet to take a snap in a regular-season game. The Chiefs have five QBs on their roster, so someone has to go, and Murray appears to be one of the odd men out, way back on K.C.'s depth chart behind Tyler Bray and Kevin Hogan, the latter a 2016 draft pick. Minnesota could take a chance and wait out the cuts to 53 if they didn't want to use a draft pick. But bottom line is expect Murray to be available one way or the other.
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Mark Sanchez (Denver Broncos)
The Broncos acquired Sanchez from Philadelphia with eyes on him perhaps becoming the starter as a bridge to top draft pick Paxton Lynch. But a funny thing happened on the way to that plan: The unheralded Trevor Siemian won the starting job, perhaps leaving Sanchez without a job. Sanchez has 72 NFL starts under his belt and actually has a winning record at QB of 37-35. He flourished -- sort of -- with the Eagles, completing 64.3 percent of his passes in his two years there with 18 TDs and 15 INTs (compared to 55.1 percent in four years with the New York Jets). He has 86 TDs and 84 INTs in his six-year career. However, like Kaepernick, Sanchez has a decent-sized contract which might leave the Vikings to not look his way, unless he gets cut. Sanchez certainly isn't a world-beater, but he's a veteran who has winning experience -- and winning playoff experience (4-2 overall in the postseason with 9 TDs and 3 INTs).
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A sixth-round pick in 2014, Savage is currently the backup for Houston. Would the Texans be willing to let him go and keep Brandon Weeden as their No. 2 quarterback? Savage doesn't have much of a body of work -- he played in two games in 2014, throwing just 19 passes. In this preseason, he's completed 53.2 percent of his passes with 3 TDs and 0 INTs for a 95.9 QB rating. He's still relatively young -- he turned 26 in April -- and there could be some untapped potential here. Of course, again, Houston has to be willing to trade him and Minnesota would likely need to offer up enough compensation for the Texans to deal their backup. OK, seems doubtful, but we thought we'd throw it out there just in case.
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Michael Vick (free agent)
Does the 36-year-old Vick have anything left in the tank? He has been working out hoping to land another job. Vick played in five games for Pittsburgh last season with three starts, completing 60.6 percent of his passes with 2 TDs and 1 INT. Vick spent 2014 with the Jets (10 games, 3 starts, 52.9%) before playing in Philadelphia from 2009-13, where he threw 57 TDs and 33 INTs. Vick can still run a little, too -- he had 99 yards on 20 attempts for the Steelers and averaged 5.9 yards per carry in '14 with New York. While a backfield of Vick and Adrian Peterson might be interesting, the QB has had his share of injuries over the past few years and might not be the best fit for Minnesota's offense.
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Charlie Whitehurst (free agent)
The 34-year-old Whitehurst has played in just 25 games over his career, with only nine starts. His completion percentage is 55.1 percent and he's thrown 10 TDs with 7 INTs. Whitehurst apparently has shown enough in his career to last as long as he has, albeit he is still on the market. He'd be available for the veteran minimum, which would certainly be cap-friendly. In addition, Whitehurst's girlfriend is Jewel, which could help spruce things up in Minnesota during the winter months.
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T.J. Yates (free agent)
A free agent, Yates played in four games for the Houston Texans last season before tearing his ACL in December. Yates' agent recently confirmed that he has been cleared to resume his NFL career, but he has yet to find a buyer. A fourth-round pick of Texans in 2011, Yates started just twice for Houston last season, throwing for 229 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the New York Jets in Week 11, but finishing with just 68 yards and an interception in a win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 15. Yates may be a veteran, but with just over 1,500 career passing yards he doesn't offer much in the way of upside.