If the Vikings sign another QB, it will probably be this man
December 9, Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Brett Hundley. © Rob Schumacher/The Republic via Imagn Content Services, LLC.
Kellen Mond did a terrific job downplaying the Minnesota Vikings’ need for an “extra” quarterback last weekend. The second-year passer played the part against the Las Vegas Raiders in the preseason, delivering two touchdown passes once he hit his stride in the second half.
However, there’s still a chance that Mond will struggle this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers, which would reignite the conversation about Minnesota‘s need for another QB2.
Insert Brett Hundley.
The Vikings worked on Hundley, a seven-year veteran, in May but didn’t pull the trigger on being added to the roster. Hundley then signed with the Baltimore Ravens.
But Hundley was released by Baltimore on August 16, the day all NFL teams had to cut rosters to 85 men. And he is currently a free agent.
When Hundley trained for Minnesota three months ago, the Vikings coaching staff was exceptionally fond of the UCLA alumnus. Head Coach Kevin O’Connell said about Hundley“I spent a lot of time [Hundley] coming out of the repechage. I’ve always been intrigued by him as a quarterback in this league. He kind of bounced back, been in some places, coached well, you can see that in the boardroom.
Add to that excitement the lack of QB2 options on the open market, and Hundley would likely be “the guy” for Minnesota if he expands the quarterback room.
Otherwise, Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah is expected to explore Blake Bortles, Mike Glennon, Kevin Hogan, Cam Newton and Kyle Sloter at quarterback.
Hundley was drafted in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft – the pick after the Vikings selected Stefon Diggs. He started his career with the Green Bay Packers, primarily as QB2 under Aaron Rodgers. After the 2017 season, Hundley charted the course as a journeyman, landing with the Seattle Seahawks in 2018, the Arizona Cardinals in 2019 and 2020 and the aforementioned Colts last season. The Ravens’ recent detour was brief.
In seven seasons, Hundley has played in 18 games, starting nine of them – all with the Packers in 2017 when Aaron Rodgers was injured. Green Bay was 3-6 (.333) with Hundley at the helm. Hundley boasts a 9-TD to 13-INT spread in his career.
While Mond has an opportunity to get his hands on the QB2 gig this weekend, keep an eye out for Hundley if the Vikings quarterback against the 49ers is below average.
Hundley turned 29 in June.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).