Vikings don't want QB Childress once hitched franchise to

It certainly does not come as a surprise that Tarvaris Jackson is no longer in the plans for the Minnesota Vikings.

But it’s worth remembering that before Brad Childress drove to the airport to chauffer Brett Favre to the team’s facility, he had hitched the future of the franchise to Jackson.

The Vikings drafted Jackson in the second round in 2006, trading away two third-round draft picks to select him No. 64 overall. Childress was fully committed to T-Jack, but the quarterback never developed and when the offense took shape around running back Adrian Peterson, the Vikings were ready to win and they didn’t have a quarterback.

The failed experiment with T-Jack led Childress to pursue Favre madly. It worked for one season and the Vikings came basically within one play of reaching Super Bowl XLIV. Now, Childress is out of work, still being paid by the Vikings, and Jackson will be seeking to re-start his career elsewhere once the labor mess is sorted out. The Vikings did not tender Jackson as a potential restricted free agent, making it clear he is no longer in their plans.

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