Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs is playing for his seventh franchise in his seventh season. He has actually only played in the regular season with four teams and has spent a lot of time as a backup or on practice squads.
Dobbs made just over $5.4 million in his first six seasons in the NFL. Following his selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2017 draft, he agreed to a four-year contract worth almost $3 million.
What Is Joshua Dobbs Making This Season?
The Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, and Cleveland Browns are all paying Dobbs money for this season. The Browns originally signed Dobbs to a one-year deal worth $2 million in March. He was with Cleveland for most of the 2022 season, but he never played in a game. Dobbs finished last year with the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans.
Cleveland traded Dobbs and a seventh-round pick to Arizona for a fifth-round pick after Dorian Thompson-Robinson won the backup quarterback job this offseason. The Cardinals were looking for a starting quarterback to play until Kyler Murray returned from knee surgery. Cleveland was responsible for Dobbs’ $500,000 signing bonus and moved the remaining $1.5 million in salary to the Cardinals.
The Cardinals started Dobbs in eight games, which is about 44% of the season, and the team paid him $666,670, which is about 44% of Dobbs’ base salary of $1,500,000. The Vikings are responsible for the remaining $833,330 of his salary. Minnesota traded a sixth-round pick to Arizona for Dobbs and a conditional seven-round pick.
Is Dobbs a Free Agent After the Season?
Dobbs will be a free agent in the offseason and should have a lot of teams interested in signing him if he can have a strong finish. There are a number of teams that have scrambled for backup quarterbacks this season, and Dobbs has proven he can lead a team coming off the bench.
Dobbs has a 63.4% completion percentage with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions in 10 games this season with the Cardinals and Vikings. He came off the bench to lead Minnesota to a Week 9 victory, five days after he was traded to the team.
One of the highlights of his season was leading Arizona to a victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3. Dobbs completed 17 of 21 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown in the 28-16 upset win.
The Vikings enter Week 11 in the last NFC Wild Card spot with a chance to win the NFC North if the team can play well over the final nine games. Justin Jefferson will miss his sixth straight game on Sunday against the Broncos. The All-Pro wide receiver is expected to return from a hamstring injury in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears.