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Minnesota Vikings Sign Quarterback Mike Kafka

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This afternoon, the quarterback position for the Minnesota Vikings underwent a bit of a. . .

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Per his agent via the Twitter, the Minnesota Vikings have signed quarterback Mike Kafka. Kafka was at the Veterans Combine in late March, and I believe he's only the second person from that event to find himself employment in the National Football League.

Kafka was a fourth-round selection (#122 overall) of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Northwestern. He stuck with the Eagles for a couple of seasons as a backup, and was out of football for the entire 2012 season after the Eagles released him. He's also spent time with the New England Patriots, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kafka's career numbers aren't eye-popping. . .they're actually closer to "non-existent." He's attempted just 16 passes in his NFL career, all of them coming in 2011. He completed 11 of those 16 passes for 107 yards. He has not thrown an NFL touchdown pass, but he has managed to throw two interceptions.

I don't think the signing of Kafka will preclude the Vikings selecting a quarterback in the later rounds of the draft in hopes of developing him for the long-term. If nothing else, Kafka might wind up serving as a "camp arm" for the first pre-season game or two, but I'm not sure if he's going to stick. But, we've got plenty of time before we cross that bridge.