With the signing of veteran backup quarterback Matt Cassel and the public display of trust in Christian Ponder, the Minnesota Vikings have a decision to make on Joe Webb.
Move him to wide receiver? Use him in the Wildcat? Carry four quarterbacks?
When head coach Leslie Frazier was asked about the possibility of moving Webb to receiver in a Star Tribune article, it appears he is considering all options:
“[Webb] is such a talented athlete that we want to make sure that we’re doing the right thing by him and our team, as well,” Frazier said. “That’s something we’ll continue to discuss as we go forward.”
The Vikings are high on 24-year-old McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who beat out veteran Sage Rosenfels for the third-string quarterback job last season. Barring any major injuries or draft day surprises, it appears Bethel-Thompson is the favorite to remain the third-string quarterback.
That said, the logical choice may be to try and utilize Webb’s skills as a receiver. It is important to note that the team has tried to move him to receiver on at least two different occasions—including his rookie season—but ultimately decided to keep him at quarterback every time.
Webb, 26, is in the final year of his four-year, $2.71 million contract. He is set to earn a base salary of $575,000 in 2013.