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Thyme for a Trade: Raiders Possibly Interested in Sage Rosenfels

Over at the National Football Post. . .who, incidentally, are now a partner of SBNation. . .they are looking at a few rumors from around the NFL.  Naturally, they talked about the Donovan McNabb trade rumors, but they included something that I had not previously seen or heard to this point.

A team executive told me the Raiders and Vikings are discussing the availability of backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels. Trading Rosenfels would only happen if the Vikings know for certain that Brett Favre is coming back.

The Vikings, if you'll remember, sent a fourth-round choice to the Houston Texans in last year's draft to acquire Rosenfels, who was then supposed to compete with Tarvaris Jackson for Minnesota's starting quarterback job.  The competition lasted all of one pre-season game, and then something minor happened that sent Rosenfels and Jackson both to the bench for the 2009 season.  Rosenfels was never actually a member of the active roster for any of Minnesota's games in 2009, so he basically made $3 million to wear a baseball hat, hold a clipboard, and cheer.

Nice work if you can get it.

No idea on what the potential compensation for any deal involving Rosenfels might be yet.  It would be nice to think that we could at least recoup the fourth-rounder we gave up last year, but I'd be surprised.  Then again, if we're dealing with the Raiders and we can get someone to tell Al Davis that Sage ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at some point in his career, the compensation could become a lot greater.

We'll have more on this story if anything new comes out about it.