EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -Looking for more experience behind young starter Tarvaris Jackson, the Minnesota Vikings acquired veteran quarterback Kelly Holcomb in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.
The 34-year-old Holcomb is entering his 12th season and has 21 career starts, nearly twice as many as the other three quarterbacks on the Vikings' roster combined. He will compete with Brooks Bollinger for the backup job.
Coach Brad Childress announced Monday that Jackson, a second-round pick out of Division I-AA Alabama State a year ago with two career starts, will be the opening day starter.
``Kelly has been calling these same plays,'' said Childress, who brought a similar system to Minnesota when he left the Eagles before last season. ``I think it's really important that you have the right mix of people in the quarterback room and that everybody understands what their role is.
The Vikings also cut Drew Henson, the former Michigan star quarterback who left school for a multimillion dollar contract with the New York Yankees. After his baseball career stalled, Henson tried to return to football, including underwhelming stints with the Cowboys and Vikings.

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