The already intriguing quarterback arms race in the NFC North could get a whole lot more interesting.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting (via ProFootballTalk.com) that the Vikings are interested in obtaining ex-Bear and current Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton.
The quarterback-starved Vikings, as you surely recall, used the 12th overall pick in the April draft to select Florida State's Christian Ponder, who many thought would go much lower. Since expecting a rookie to take over during a lockout that could extend into training camp is stretch, acquiring a veteran such as Orton makes sense.
Lest you forget, Orton was traded to the Broncos along with two first-round draft picks and a third rounder (the Bears also got a fifth-round pick from Minnesota that they used to select Johnny Knox) before the 2009 season.
Full disclosure: It was a deal I begged Bears' GM Jerry Angelo to make at the time, although the cost of the trade remains the subject of great debate.
Anyway, stay tuned ...