With the Minnesota Vikings waiving quarterback Taylor Heinicke with an injury designation during their final cuts, the team was in the market for a third, developmental-type of quarterback. They found him on Sunday in the person of Kyle Sloter (pronounced SLOW-ter), who spent Training Camp with the Denver Broncos. Sloter was undrafted out of Northern Colorado this past year, and signed with the Broncos, where he made a very favorable impression on their fan base.
He apparently made a pretty solid impression on Rick Spielman as well, as the team was very much willing to overpay. . .at least in practice squad terms. . .to have Sloter on the squad.
Kyle Sloter got whopping $20,000/week for Vikings practice squad. Minimum is $7,200/week. Wow. WASH, DEN also tried to sign him. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) September 3, 2017
As you can see from Broncos’ beat writer Mike Klis, the Vikings are paying Sloter nearly three times the practice squad minimum. They had competition from a few other teams, but apparently the Vikings really wanted him, so they offered what they felt was necessary.
This preseason, Sloter completed 72.1% of his passes and averaged 9.6 yards/attempt while throwing three touchdown passes and no interceptions. With Heinicke now on injured reserve and the team having no interest in retaining Mitch Leidner, it remains to be seen if Sloter can offer them something for the long-term as a member of the practice squad.