In December, we passed along the news that the Minnesota Vikings had worked out Canadian Football League quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. Now, as the calendar is nearly ready to turn to February, the Vikings are apparently among the favorites to sign the reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player, but they’ve got some competition.
"Bo Levi Mitchell is being patient with what's going on right now. The favourites to land him, the Broncos, Jaguars, Vikings, all had some sort of coaching changes. Bo needs to assess where he may get a shot." - @JDunk12 #CFL #Stamps via @620ckrm— CFL News (@CFL_News) January 29, 2019
During his time as the quarterback of the Calgary Stampeders, Mitchell led his team to two Grey Cup titles (2014 and 2018) and was named the league’s Most Outstanding Player twice (2016 and 2018). He split his college career between Southern Methodist and Eastern Washington, and went directly to the CFL after going undrafted in 2012.
The news report says that Mitchell is apparently assessing where he “has a shot.” If that’s the case, of the three teams on the list of reported favorites, the Vikings would appear to be a long shot. Whether anyone likes it or not, the Vikings are basically committed to Kirk Cousins for the next two seasons as their starter. On the other hand, Case Keenum is in the last year of his contract in Denver and wasn’t terribly impressive in his first season, while it appears that the Blake Bortles Experience is over with in Jacksonville, meaning that job would be up for grabs.
If Mitchell would be satisfied with being a backup, then he might be able to find a fit in Minnesota. If he wants a real opportunity for playing time right away, you probably don’t have to order your purple Bo Levi Mitchell jerseys quite yet.
(Hat tip to The Viking Age, who had this one before we did.)