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Former Vikings QB Frerotte signs with Dolphins

MIAMI (March 15, 2005) -- Free agent quarterback Gus Frerotte left Minnesota to sign with Miami, Vikings executive Rob Brzezinski said.

The Dolphins refused comment. Frerotte's agent, Marvin Demoff, did not immediately return a call.

Frerotte, a backup the last two seasons to Minnesota's Daunte Culpepper, should fill Miami's need for a backup with starting experience. He also would be reunited with former Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who left Minnesota for Miami after last season.

Frerotte hoped to remain in Minnesota if he couldn't get the chance to start elsewhere, but the Dolphins are unsettled at the position with part-timer A.J. Feeley penciled in. Frerotte told The Miami Herald he will get an opportunity to win the job.

"Coach (Nick) Saban said it was going to be a fair competition," Frerotte said. "That's all I am looking for."

The only other quarterback on the roster is third-stringer Sage Rosenfels, who has made just one NFL start.

The signing of Frerotte will help lessen the impact of the departure of former starter Jay Fiedler, who shared the position with Feeley last season. Fielder was released last month and signed last week with the New York Jets.

Frerotte started two games for the Vikings in 2003. He completed 38 of 65 passes for 690 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He attempted just one pass last season.

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