Football: Former Wildcat quarterback Kafka signs with Minnesota Vikings

Bobby Pillote, Sports Editor


Former Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka has signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings, according to his agent and several media reports.

The signal caller played as a Wildcat from 2005 to 2009 and led the team to the Outback Bowl during his senior season as the full-time starter. He amassed 4,265 passing yards, 887 rushing yards and 30 total touchdowns over his career.

He went on to be drafted in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played for two seasons. Kafka appeared in just four games over that span, completing 11 of 16 passes for 107 yards while also throwing two interceptions.

After being cut by the Eagles, he latched on as a backup for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to the 2014 season, but was waived from the roster in October and spent the remainder of the campaign signed to the team’s practice squad.

The 27-year-old drew interest this offseason as a participant in the NFL’s first Veteran Combine. Kafka is the fourth quarterback for the Vikings joining Teddy Bridgewater, Pat Devlin and Shaun Hill on the roster. The details of his contract have not been released.

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