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The end of McNabb in Washington near?

Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:41 pm
A league source has confirmed to me that Donovan McNabb is inching closer to leaving Washington and joining Minnesota. Closer, closer, closer but not done. Not yet.

The Vikings and Redskins have agreed on a deal that sends McNabb to Minnesota for a late-round pick, the source said. The source also said that reports McNabb is holding up the deal are untrue. My guess would be that Washington is trying to bleed the Vikings dry for everything they can so as to help justify the trade. McNabb is willing to drastically reduce his salary, I'm told.

There's one other thing that's interesting. It's possible, I'm told, that McNabb would have a very short leash in Minnesota. The organization wants to give Chrisitian Ponder every opportunity to play, I'm told, and should McNabb stumble like he did in Washington the Vikings might not hesitate to pull McNabb.

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Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:25 am

The end of McNabb in Washington near?

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Personality aside, McNabb has been a bust since before he left Philadelphia. A. Reid saw the signing on the wall and did what any good coach would do: keep his mouth shut and pawn him off to a division rival. The year he spent in DC just confirmed what Reid already knew. Now the Redskins are trying to get anything bigger than a 'bag of magic beans' for him. The underlying fact is that 2 years removed from his biggest supporter jettisoning him from his original club he is supposed to be better? Starting for a new team? With all new players? That is lunacy and I would be willing to bet money that most of the people trumpeting his return to a "West Coast offense" will be drafting him to play on their fantasy football team.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:50 am

The end of McNabb in Washington near?

McNabb said you would see a different 5 this year.  He will make the Vikings oontenders and will go a long way toward retaining Sidney Rice.  He is familiar with the offense and will fit in nicely to mentor Ponder until he is ready.  He is a West Coast qb and will flurish in this offense.Cool

Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:27 am

The end of McNabb in Washington near?

The Vikings are being aggressive, and I appreciate that.  They are addressing their need for a Veteran QB.  They are also making a pitch to keep Sidney Rice, which could be the final piece to this talent laden offense.  They are also in the market for Eric Weddle to help shore up their only glaring deficiency on defense.

Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:02 am

The end of McNabb in Washington near?

The Vikings need a veteran QB on the roster regardless of how Ponder progresses.  I love the aggreesive pursuit of McNabb and also Eric Weddle.  The Vikings also are making a valiant play at keeping Sidney Rice, which would keep the offense loaded with talent.  They are adrressing 3 of their 4 most important issues.  They struggled with poor safety play last year and Weddle will bring a solid, playmaking, aggressive style to what has been a weak point for the Vikings for years.  Now, all they have left is to create competition on the O-line. 

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:23 am

The end of McNabb in Washington near?

I don't think most of you are getting the point of this trade. The Vikings will get McNabb for basically nothing, he will also come cheap, getting nowhere near his current salary. The Vikings will then play him for the start of the season, whether he finishes it I do not know, but Ponder will then have the chance to sit and learn while the Vikings may actually have a chance at the playoffs. If McNabb falters after a few games then at least Ponder got some time to feel more comfortable with the system, and if McNabb does well then we let it ride until next season and Ponder gets even more learning time.

The thing is though, no way does McNabb start in 2012. He will be the backup, the Vikings are not aquiring him to be a long term starter, just a vet to help out Ponder until he's ready sometime in 2011 or the begining of 2012. What they are giving up for him is well worth it.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:10 am

The end of McNabb in Washington near?

This will work. A stud at RB and TE that can make plays. this is a good move and i bet we see a rejuvenated 5 even if only as a stap gap for ponder. Donovan still has skill to be a starter in the NFL and his body got an early rest last season. I expect Mcnabb to play well. He'll have great tools if this deal goes through. Its clear the vikes are trying to win now, not later with their decision to trun to a savvy Vet the last few matter the mileage.

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:30 am

The end of McNabb in Washington near?

Good for McNabb but terrible for the Vikings!!!!!!  Orton would have been the best choice.  He can play now and for a few GOOD years.  McNabb is the Favre mistake over again!!!  Favre would be a better choice though!!!!  I think Tarvaris would have been better for the short term than an over the hill McNabb!!!

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:29 am

The end of McNabb in Washington near?

I am also thinking mcnabb is a great choice also but he will always be looking over his shoulder cause they drafted ponder high. So he has to play. But vikes feed the ball to there horse and mcnab takes care of the 3rd and 4-9 . 

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:45 am

The end of McNabb in Washington near?

I am a lifelong Viking fan and I think McNabb is a pitiful choice!!!  I would rather have Favre back!!!!!  Go after Orton or Hasselback.  Tarvaris Jackson would be a better choice than McNabb!!!!!

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:07 am

The end of McNabb in Washington near?

Playing mentor to a young Christian Ponder is probably the best spot Donovan McNabb can get.  But, Washington is going to be HORRIBLE with Rex Grossman as their best option.

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