You're hitting on an area that has bugged me for some time.
This regime doesn't seem willing to pay big dollars for skill positions.
Especially in the QB position, arguably the most important position on the team.
Our 3 roster qb's salaries combined is probably less than a number of team's backup qb's (I can't back that up).
This is more than getting the right guy for the system, this is about not willing to spend money.
They are out looking for value, not difference makers.
Is this Childress, or is this Zygi and gang.
Probably the latter as the economics of running an NFL franchise in MN may make it difficult for the bean counters to justify the benefit of playmakers to the bottom line.
I don't know if that's really fair to say.
I do think that this team, Childress' previous team, and Spielman's previous team all have had low regard for the need for talent at the WR position.
But at the QB position I only see two good players that we could have gotten for cash rather than draft picks.
Drew Brees was a free agent in the spring of 2006, and Jeff Garcia was a free agent this year.
I think the Brees thing wasn't really being considered because of the money, the injury, and because Brad Johnson had played well.
It's hard to fault the team for that one.
Not making a serious run at Jeff Garcia looks like an error in hindsight, and I think the team made a mistake, but I also don't remember Garcia getting any special attention on these boards either.
I don't know if it was obvious at the time.
So, I think that there hasn't been a fair test to see whether this team is willing to spend for playmakers at the skill positions.
My guess is that if that situation came up, we would jump on a good QB.
It just doesn't happen that often.
If a QB is really good, a team doesn't let him go.