Such a move would likely end Rosenfels' first genuine opportunity as a full-time starting quarterback in the NFL. Acquired in a trade with the Texans in February, Rosenfels is the presumptive favorite to usurp the job from
It was recently reported that Vikings head coach
"Nothing really surprises me anymore," said Rosenfels, who's heading into his ninth season. "There are a lot of rumors in the NFL and I have learned to just go about my business. ... It doesn't change the way I work out or the way I prepare. I always say frustration is a self-inflicted wound. For me to get frustrated would just hurt me as a player and doesn't benefit me whatsoever.""
Rosenfels' career is a case study in almosts and what ifs. Drafted in the fourth round out of Iowa State by the
He played well enough in a couple of opportunities in Miami that the Texans signed him to be the backup to
"Unless you are a first-round pick or a high second-round pick, it is really hard to break in and be a starter unless someone gets injured significantly and you hop in and have a lot of success over a pretty good stretch of games," Rosenfels said. "We probably wouldn't know about
Prior to the Favre-to-Minnesota rumors, the stars finally seemed to be aligned for Rosenfels. In need of a consistent quarterback, Minnesota liked what they saw in Rosenfels, who completed 65 percent of his passes and had a quarterback rating over 80 in 10 starts in Houston the past two seasons while relieving Schaub.
The Favre speculation, however, is difficult for Rosenfels to ignore. "Some people in my family called and asked me about it like, 'What's going on, do you know anything about it?'" he said. "It is something that I really don't think about because there is nothing I can do about it. All I can do is get ready for these minicamps and OTAs [Organized Team Activities] later this month."
Rosenfels says he has spoken recently to both Vikings head coach
If Favre does indeed un-retire again and sign with Minnesota, Rosenfels will be back in his familiar role: Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.