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Donovan McNabb clears waivers, becomes free agent

Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:21 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 5:23 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Despite a glaring need at quarterback on a number of playoff contenders, no one claimed recently-released quarterback Donovan McNabb on Friday.

McNabb, who reportedly asked for his release after being demoted, was supposed to draw interest from someone, like the Bears (currently starting Caleb Hanie) or the Texans (currently starting T.J. Yates), but instead passed through waivers, which makes him an unrestricted free agent.

Quite obviously, the limited upside that McNabb offers just wasn't worth the downside of picking up the rest of the quarterback's contract with a waiver claim and/or dealing with bringing McNabb into a backup situation that he probably wouldn't be happy with anyway.

McNabb could still sign with someone as a free agent, but Chicago seems like the only truly viable option for him, what with Houston inking Jake Delhomme recently.

Which means that this may be the end of the road, at least for now, for McNabb, who's impromptu live appearance on ESPN Thursday night may be the best predictor of what he'll be doing in 2012. He's now been demoted by three different teams and benched for Kevin Kolb, Rex Grossman and Christian Ponder in the span of two years.

The same team that just cut him, Minnesota, claimed Sage Rosenfels to take McNabb's place. Houston seems willing to roll with Jake Delhomme as Yates backup rather than taking a flier on McNabb. In other words, you don't need shades to stare at McNabb's future on the football field.

But hey, on the bright side, it's not like the Redskins, Eagles and Vikings -- 10 wins between them this year! -- are having a bunch of success this year.

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Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:45 am

Drew Bledsoe clone?

Drew Bledsoe and McNabb are strikingly similar ... Both were hugely talented but completely overrated.

Their egos were enabled by the fans ... and the media that had the same mindset as fans.

They were never really championship caliber quarterbacks that stepped up when their teams' backs were against the wall.

Sure, they both showed flashes of greatness ... but you could never consistently call them great.

They won tons of regular season games that kept all of us excited. They engineered amazing comebacks and gave us hope. And then choked during the really big ones. (Bledsoe in Patriots vs. Packers SB 31, McNabb in Eagles vs. Patriots SB 39).

Fans kept defending them because their talents kept them in such high regard ... waiting for that moment that they broke out big once and for all. But it never actually happened for either one.

Bledsoe could throw a perfect spiral on a rope and hit the head of a pin from 50 yards ... in practice. But bring just a tiny bit of pressure, and he was a deer in the headlights. No pocket presence whatsoever. No instinct on how to move in the pocket and having a feel on how to put offensive linemen between him and the pass rush.

Bledsoe seemed cocky as if he had the same mindset as the fans did. Like he's automatically a bad ass without actually getting there. I see the same in McNabb. Looking like a raggedy jerk during the halftime interview during the Thursday night game. Acting like some team needs him, instead of being humble, hungry and driven.

I say, let this dude stumble off into the sunset. The NFL doesn't need guys like this.

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:40 am

Donovan McNabb clears waivers, becomes free agent

Agree McNabb was a fantastic QB and fun to watch but I thinks it's time to hang up the cleats before he becomes more of an embarrassment to himself.  

Since: Oct 31, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:55 pm

Donovan McNabb clears waivers, becomes free agent

McNabb had a great career. He should retire gracefully.

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:20 pm

Donovan McNabb clears waivers, becomes free agent

McNabb should sign with an MLB team and report to spring training with the catchers. He could throw balls in the dirt while catchers practice blocking them.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:05 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:48 pm

Donovan McNabb clears waivers, becomes free agent

That advice is worth exactly what we paid for it.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:20 pm

Nice that he dressed for the occasion.

Mc Nabb ... here is a little bit of free advice ...

You are a (career overrated) quarterback that was just released from a crappy team.

Then you are interviewed during halftime on Thursday night on the NFL Network, speaking about how 31 other teams should be looking at you.

What in the hell were you doing wearing a t-shirt with some kind of ghetto print on the front, and a gaudy gold chain?

If some front office guys out there are considering adding you as the top man and leader of their team, do you think that your appearance won you any points?

Son, you need to step up and present yourself in a big way!

But then again, maybe that's just a reflection of who you are ... on the simplest level. If you can't get that right ...

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:41 pm

Donovan McNabb clears waivers, becomes free agent

Wow, Look at all the McNabb haters......Why so many?  He doesnt whine complaing or bitch about his salary.  He is a good guy just not having much luck lately.  Hopefully he makes the right decision on his future:  His decision not anyone elses.  I still enjoy watching him play.

Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:34 pm

Donovan McNabb clears waivers, becomes free agent

I guess Rush Limbaugh was right all along.  Took NFL teams a extra 7 or 8 years to finally figure out he can't play.  Oh, well Donovan's bank account thanks The Eagles, Redskins and Vikings to play along with the over hyped Campbell Soup momma's boy who could never seal the deal......  T.O. and D-Mac a couple people I wont miss anytime soon in a NFL uniform...  Na na na na na na na hey hey hey good bye!

Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:30 pm

Donovan McNabb clears waivers, becomes free agent

Donovan McNabb should be signed with the Chicago Bears for the rest of the season and get more money and should be claimed and if he stays with the Bears for another season.He is been demoted by three different teams and benched for Kevin Kolb,Rex grossman, and christian ponder in the spam of two years.He is not like Redskins,Eagles and Vikings.

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