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Friday, August 8, 2008
Daily mailbag: Is Pennington coming this way?

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Just waded through 700 or so mailbag questions and comments. The vast majority centered around that minor story on that guy who used to play quarterback in Green Bay -- so we'll assume most of them have been addressed in one way or another. (We'd also like to quell the mutinous intentions of those who are demanding -- fairly -- more posts on the rest of the division).

So we invite you to hit the mailbag with non-Brett Favre questions and we'll compile an expanded Q&A edition over the weekend. For now, let's check in with Shawn:

Shawn of Pensacola, Fla., writes: What are the chances of Chad Pennington ending up in the NFC North, and if the Vikings, would the Vikings have to offer him the starting role in order to sign him?

Kevin Seifert: This qualifies as a distant cousin of Favre questions, but we'll answer it anyway. At this point, it does not appear the Vikings have interest in Pennington. (Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune sees it the same way). The Vikings are prepared to open the season with Tarvaris Jackson as the starter, and if they need to fall back on a veteran, they already have Gus Frerotte on their roster. Things could always change as the preseason continues, but it doesn't look likely right now.

A few people have connected the dots between Pennington and the Chicago Bears -- the dots being that Pennington is an available quarterback and the Bears aren't exactly overloaded at the position -- but we are aware of no direct interest. (Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times has a good analysis of the situation).

Pennington has already been contacted by the Miami Dolphins, among other teams.