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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: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:16 pm

Donovan McNabb clears waivers, becomes free agent

Have to love Philly fans hating who they have. McNabb gave them great years and he was a hell of a lot better than whatever garbage they've tried using since.

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:12 pm

Donovan McNabb clears waivers, becomes free agent

I suffered for 10 years.  Once he stopped scrambling, he became just another QB.  Can't throw the crossing route.  Not accurate enough to thread a needle.  Lacks anticipation.   And when was the last time you saw McNabb on the sidelines during a game, looking at photos of the other teams defense.  I see Brady and Manning do it all the time.  He can throw the deep ball, but as far as a skill set, he's lacking in a lot of areas.  And his mind-set is not good, because he hasn't accepted the fact that back-up QB is what he has become.   I don't think he'll be picked up by anyone.  Chicago is his only hope, and he doesn't have what Mike Martz wants in a QB, so if the Bears sign him, it's a PR move more than a move to fill a need with a player that can help the Bears at this point of the season.

Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:41 pm

Donovan McNabb clears waivers, becomes free agent

As a Vikes fan, I had to suffer through watching him throw 5 yard passes at running backs' feet and miss wide open receivers 10 feet over their heads this year. Whether he signs or not, McNabb is dunski.

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