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Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:11 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 6:23 pm
 
Chicago missed out on Orton. Could McNabb be next? (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Last week, the Broncos released former starting quarterback Kyle Orton to give him a chance to catch on with another team now that the trading deadline had passed. On Thursday, the Vikings reportedly extended the same courtesy to Donovan McNabb, Minnesota's starter to begin the year who was replaced with rookie quarterback Christian Ponder in Week 7.

The Vikings were 1-5 when McNabb headed to the bench; they're 1-4 since with Ponder. There's a decent argument that Minnesota is virtually the same team before and after McNabb. Fair enough, but the biggest difference is that Ponder is gaining experience and has upside. With McNabb what you see is what you get. And, frankly, the last two seasons it's been hard to watch him at all.

According to Leslie Frazier, it was a mutual decision between McNabb and the team.

"He's been a true pro in every sense of the word," Frazier said. "He's a class guy. Always has been, and he's done a good job in spite of the fact he wasn't our starting quarterback.

"When you have a guy who has been this successful in this league, he has an idea how he wants his career to continue or not to continue. That played a role in making that decision," Frazier said.

But, hey, one man's trash…

In the NFL, competence is relative and there are several teams in the playoff hunt who are suddenly in need of a replacement-level quarterback. When Denver cut Orton, Chicago was an obvious landing spot. The Bears had just lost Jay Cutler to a hand injury and backup Caleb Hanie had yet to start an NFL game (that happened over the weekend and it didn't go well).

McNabb probably isn't as good as Orton but at this point in the proceedings, with just five games remaining in the regular season and Chicago's tenuous hold on a playoff spot, there's no time to be picky. The question, at its most basic, comes down to this: does McNabb give the Bears a better chance to win than Hanie?

If Lovie Smith and Mike Martz think so, they'll put in a waiver claim for him. If they don't, they'll pray that Hanie plays better and that Cutler's hand magically heals in the next few weeks.

But even if Chicago wants McNabb, there's no guarantee they land him. They also wanted Orton, but the Chiefs, by virtue of having a worse record, were awarded Orton off waivers. A similar scenario could play out again for McNabb's services.

This is bad news for Chicago but good news for McNabb, who hasn't been wanted since the Eagles traded him a few years ago. We're sure his confidence could use the boost.

Other teams that might be interested: the Texans, who just signed Jake Delhomme (!) to backup T.J. Yates and Kellen Clemens, and possibly the Cowboys, who put in a waiver claim for Orton last week.

UPDATE: The Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans aren't interested. Put differently: they have more faith in Yates, Clemens and Delhomme. 


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Comments

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Report: Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

NC NFL Fan, sorry to ruffle your feathers with some good natured fun.  I don't recall saying that Ponder was better or that my Vikings were a good team, so most of your post to me really didn't make much sense.  I simply said that McNabb was a terrible acquisition and you have done nothing to change my mind about that.  While I can respect his career, I don't respect his character throughout his career. In many interviews he shifts blame to his teammates, whether subtely or directly.  That is not a leader in my opinion. The Vikings did not have any need for that kind of mentor to Ponder.  As a lifelong fan, I am tired of seeing "veteran" QB's brought in instead of actually trying to develop a rookie.  The Vikings needed a mentor for Ponder, but they chose the wrong one.  I appreciate you calling me a jackass, as well.  It shows true irony and character, given that you did so while trying to defend another person's character. 




Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Report: Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

Sloppygunt, you are way way way off.

Why would Dallas pick up another backup when they have Kitna?  That makes no sense. 



Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Report: Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

Steve Hutchinson was the best offensive lineman 4 years ago, to say he's even top 5 is absolutely ridiculous at this point in his career.




Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Report: Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

Jerry Jones will not let McNabb go to Chicago.  He will put the claim in for McNabb if the Bears show any interest.  The could use a vetern qb just in case Romo gets hurt and the Bears are stuck with Hanie.  I personally think Hanie will do fine as he did in the second half against the Raiders.  I just hope Hanie doesn't get hurt.  Kid has a strong arm and he proved it in Oak.  Im praying he doesn't throw another blind screen to the other team for a pick 6 to ultimately lose the game.




Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Report: Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

THE BEARS SHOULD PICK UP KELLY THEE.....THEE KELLIAGA!!!. MCNABB IS WASHED UP. THERE IS A REASON NOBODY WANTS HIM. HE HASNT BEEN GOOD SINCE LIKE 2005. TIME FOR RETIREMENT MCNABB. PLEASE DO NOT PUT A WAIVER CLAIM ON MCNABB CHICAGO....HANIE WILL BE FINE, IT WAS HIS 1ST NFL CAREER START. GIVE THE GUY A BREAK. HE LOOKED BAD AT TIMES BUT HE ALSO LOOKED GREAT AT TIMES. HE WILL BE FINE AND SO WILL THE BEARS. MONSTERS OF THE MIDWAY



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Report: Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

They have 2 Superstars' on the entire team, AP and Jared Allen.


Ummmm, They also have the best offensive lineman in football protecting their quarterback. (Steve Hutchinson)



Since: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Report: Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

Hey Coolerifyoudid

Im no Viking fan or a Mcnabb fan but how can you say that he was a terrible acquisition? Oh thats right because Ponder is doing that much better. The team lost with Mcnabb and are still losing with Ponder. Bottom line if anything is that Mcnabb made the mistake of going to the Vikings because they are just plain and simply horrible. They have 2 Superstars’ on the entire team, AP and Jared Allen.  Let’s not forget that Mcnabb will most definitely be in the Hall of Fame. The only reason I’m responding to your post is because you sound like a jack@ss with your spare change comment. Show some respect for players like Mcnabb that have proved themselves in a game you have probably never played in your life. Genius!






Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Report: Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

Givelt do your homework. 11 quaterbacks have been sacked more that Cutler this year. Including Aaron Rodgers, Bradford and Newton.

BEAR DOWN!



Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Report: Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

It looks like the Eagles can gain some semblance of redemption against a fairly weak Seattle Seahawks team tonight. The Eagles are favored narrowly in this contest even though Michael Vick is still sitting. With a win on the road Andy Reid's job security increases slightly.



Since: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Hey coolerifyoudid...

Im no Viking fan or a Mcnabb fan but how can you say that he was a terrible acquisition? Oh thats right because Ponder is doing that much better?!?!?. The team lost with Mcnabb and are still losing with Ponder. Bottom line if anything is that Mcnabb made the mistake of going to the Vikings because they are just plain and simply horrible. They have 2 Superstars’ on the entire team, AP and Jared Allen.  Let’s not forget that Mcnabb will most definitely be in the Hall of Fame. The only reason I’m responding to your post is because you sound like a jack@ss with your spare change comment. Show some respect for players like Mcnabb that have proved themselves in a game you have probably never played in your life. Genius!




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