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Vikings to work out CFL star Bo Levi Mitchell

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A quarterback with three names. What could go wrong?

CFL: 106th Grey Cup John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

In a move that comes as a little bit of a surprise, the Minnesota Vikings might be altering their quarterback depth chart a bit, and doing so with an import from the Great White North.

According to TSN, the Canadian sports network, the Vikings will be bringing in Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell for a workout on Wednesday.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Mitchell led the Stampeders to the 2018 Grey Cup, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the game. Mitchell also led the Stampeders to the Grey Cup in 2014, and was named the MVP of that game as well.

This past season, Mitchell started all 18 of the Stampeders’ regular season games, completing 61.2% of his passes for 5,119 yards and 35 touchdowns. He was the named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 2018, the second time he was awarded that honor (he won the award in 2016 as well). He annouced after the Stampeders won the Grey Cup that he would be pursuing NFL opportunities before deciding whether or not to stay in the CFL.

This is an interesting move for the Vikings, to be honest. Mitchell doesn’t officially become a free agent until February of 2019, and current backup Trevor Siemian. . .remember him. . .is not under contract to the Vikings beyond this season. Perhaps Mitchell is coming in to compete with Kyle Sloter for the right to back up Kirk Cousins. Hopefully more information about this will be forthcoming in the next day or two.

Again, this is news that I don’t think anyone saw coming, but personally I’m intrigued by the whole thing.