The Minnesota Vikings have acquired quarterback Josh Dobbs from the Arizona Cardinals in a trade on Tuesday, according to NFL insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero. The move comes after the Vikings lost their starter Kirk Cousins to a season-ending injury.
Dobbs, who has played for the Steelers and the Jaguars before joining the Cardinals, has 11 career starts and a 5-6 record. He has thrown for 2,386 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions in his five-year career. He will join a Vikings offense that features star running back Dalvin Cook and talented receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen.
The trade shows that the Vikings are not giving up on their playoff hopes, despite being 7-7 and trailing the Packers by three games in the NFC North. They are currently holding the seventh and final playoff spot in the NFC, ahead of the Eagles and the Saints by tiebreakers.
NFL fans took to Twitter to share their opinions on the trade. Some praised the Vikings for making a bold move, while others mocked them for settling for a mediocre quarterback.
“Josh Dobbs is doing a speed run of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s career mode,” tweeted Marcus Whitman, referring to the journeyman quarterback who has played for eight different teams.
“Trey Hendrickson seeing Dobbs on the schedule again:” replied another user, posting a gif of the Bengals defensive end smiling. Hendrickson sacked Dobbs four times when they faced each other in 2019.
“With Josh Dobbs, that No. 7 spot in the NFC is still the Vikings’ to lose. Can’t find another team in the NFC that deserves to make the playoffs except maybe the Rams, who might have a banged-up Matthew Stafford going forward,”Jeff Eisenband
“Vikings hoping a little Dobbs will do ya,” commented Bob Condotta, making a pun on the popular slogan of a shampoo brand.
“Josh Dobbs vs Desmond Ridder in the 1 O’Clock slate:” joked another user, comparing Dobbs to the Bengals rookie quarterback who is expected to start in place of the injured Joe Burrow.
The Vikings will face the Rams on Sunday, while the Cardinals will host the Colts on Saturday. Both games have playoff implications for both teams.