The Minnesota Vikings are expected to release quarterback Donovan McNabb today after less than one season with the team. McNabb played in six games for the Vikings and threw for 1,026 yards and four touchdowns before being benched by head coach Leslie Frazier. The team was 1-5 with McNabb starting, and 1-4 with rookie quarterback Christian Ponder under center. A few teams with voids at the position may be interested in the 35-year old, including his hometown Chicago Bears.
The Bears lost starting quarterback Jay Cutler to a broken thumb on his throwing hand, and backup Caleb Haynie threw three interceptions last week. McNabb could also be signed by the Dallas Cowboys or the Houston Texans, according to reports. If no team claims him from waivers by Friday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m., McNabb can sign with any team.
McNabb’s recent bad fortune is puzzling to some, as he is one of the most accomplished signal callers of this era. McNabb is a six-time Pro Bowl selection who won five division titles and an NFC championship with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has thrown for more than 37,000 yards, which ranks among the top 20 passers in NFL history. However, the last few years of his career have been rocky, beginning with shared responsibilities with Kevin Kolb, and later Michael Vick, in 2009. He was traded from Philadelphia to the Washington Redskins before the 2010 season, and benched there with two games left.
Teams That Could Use Donovan McNabb’s Services:
Indianapolis – The Colts have failed to win a game without Peyton Manning, and will start little-known Dan Orlovsky over the Dec. 3 weekend. An experiment with Kerry Collins only lasted a few games.
Kansas City – The Chiefs lost quarterback Matt Cassel for the season two weeks ago, and have survived with Tyler Palko under center.
Seattle – The Seahawks signed former Viking Travaris Jackson last season, and have managed only four wins with him and Charlie Whitehurst behind center. – g. curry