Sage Rosenfels Close to Being a Viking, and Perhaps a Starter

Sage Rosenfels, possibly winging his way to Minnesota

Sage Rosenfels, possibly winging his way to Minnesota

It appears imminent Sage Rosenfels, of Maquoketa, Iowa and Iowa State, is going to get the best chance of his NFL career to be a full-time starter.

A copyrighted story in the Houston Chronicle by John McClain says the Houston Texans are nearing a deal that would sent Rosenfels to the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings’ incumbent quarterbacks are Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte.

Rosenfels started five games in each of the previous two seasons for the Texans, but those were in relief of injured Matt Schaub. He has never played more than nine games in an NFL season in his eight years in the league. He has 30 career touchdown passes and 29 interceptions.

The Vikings still haven’t found what they’re looking for at quarterback to complement the terrific running of Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor. Rosenfels, who will be 31 next month, could be a really nice fit.

If it makes this deal, Minnesota obviously agrees.

The Chronicle’s story:

Rosenfels quarterbacked Iowa State to their Bowl win in 2000. He spent a year with the Washington Redskins, four with the Miami Dolphins, and the last three with the Texans.

In 2005, Rosenfels led Miami’s biggest comeback in 31 years, when he entered their Week 13 game against the Buffalo Bills after Frerotte was sidelined by a concussion in the third quarter. The Dolphins had been down 23-3, but Rosenfels led the team on three fourth-quarter scoring drives for a 24-23 win.

I haven’t seen or spoken to Rosenfels since the night of that Bowl win over eight years ago. He was a likeable young fellow, and he sure played some nice quarterback that night and that season, when ISU went 9-3.

Here’s to Sage becoming the rage in the Twin Cities.

Sage in his Iowa State days

Sage in his Iowa State days


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