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Quotables: Vikings to trim QB competition

Starting Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings will go from splitting the quarterback reps three ways to an even split. There's no word on which player will be getting fewer looks.

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"These first four days, we've worked three (QB) groups ... and we'll adjust that, probably getting more half and half."

-Norv Turner, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner's primary concern throughout training camp and the preseason is the quarterback position. Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy Bridgewater are competing for the starting role, though the competition might be down to just two once the Vikings return from a day off.

Turner said that the Vikings have primarily split things three ways between the quarterbacks, but that the team will "adjust that, probably getting more half and half," as noted by NFL.com. Turner neglected to say which quarterback is going to take on a diminished role, but most assume it will be Ponder. Cassel has shown more throughout his career, and Bridgewater is the rookie with the high ceiling. We'll know for sure on Wednesday.,

"At some point, you got to stop negotiating deals and let these guys concentrate on playing football."

-Trent Baalke, San Francisco 49ers GM

The San Francisco 49ers have a few pressing contract matters with right guard Alex Boone holding out and tight end Vernon Davis also after a new deal. But they've also got to worry about the possibility of losing wide receiver Michael Crabtree and left guard Mike Iupati, both of whom are on expiring contracts.

On Saturday, general manager Trent Baalke spoke with the media, as reported by Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, and said that the team is trying to get both players signed to new contracts. He said the 49ers are "certainly going to work toward that goal," which is unsurprising given both have been solid since being made first-round picks by San Francisco. Baalke did go on to say that the 49ers eventually have to "stop negotiating deals and let these guys concentrate on playing football." It's unclear when they'll reach that point. Maiocco does report that there has been very little progress on new deals.

"Alex (Smith) isn't worried about it and I'm not worried about it. We just go play."

-Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs head coach

Quarterback Alex Smith took the Kansas City Chiefs far in his first season with the team, and now he's looking for a new contract. Well, both sides are looking for a new deal, given that Smith's contract is set to expire after the 2014-15 season. On Monday, head coach Andy Reid confirmed the two sides are talking, as reported by the Kansas City Star, but noted that the Chiefs aren't worried about getting something done immediately, nor are they worried about distractions.

There's been talk that the two sides are far apart, but Reid said what matters is that "there's communication going on." Reid said that Smith is a "good football player, he's great for this football team." It's uncertain what kind of deal Smith is after, but the Chiefs don't appear to have any better options on the horizon and will likely need to give him a pretty decent contract.

"I would rather you say I don't want to pay you what you deserve instead of saying I'm not a top 5 WR in this league."

-Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is hoping for a big contract in the near future, and a tweet on Monday led many to believe potential discussions were going ... less than well. Bryant sent out the following tweet, leading many to believe the Cowboys had offended their wide receiver:

Bryant later clarified his comments to Ben Rogers of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, saying that his tweet was a response to a video from Bleacher Report in which they debate whether or not Bryant should be paid like a top-five wide receiver. Whoops.

"I don't see any circumstances where Ben (Roethlisberger) does not finish his career here."

-Kevin Colbert, Pittsburgh Steelers GM

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is signed with the team through 2015, but talk about a potential extension has been around throughout the offseason. On Monday, general manager Kevin Colbert didn't appear to be worried about the possibility of losing the team's long-term quarterback.

"I don't see any circumstances where Ben does not finish his career here," Colbert said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette. Roethlisberger has been among the league's best quarterbacks since entering the NFL in 2004 and at this point, it seems more a question of when he'll get a new deal, not if.