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McNabb's Vikings contract: 1 year, $5.05 million

Posted on: August 6, 2011 5:13 pm
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been a precipitous fall for Donovan McNabb, the one-time franchise quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles who was traded to the Redskins after the 2009 season. Washington gave him a five-year, $70 million extension early in the 2010 campaign only to later bench him for Rex Grossman.

It gets worse: McNabb was eventually demoted to third-string behind Grossman and John Beck, who had played in all of four NFL games (all losses, by the way) since coming into the league in 2007.

No one was shocked when McNabb and the Skins parted ways in July; Washington shipped him to the Vikings, where he's the latest grizzled veteran quarterback to assume the starting duties. This time, though, Minnesota didn't lavish their old-timer under center with a huge contract. Just the opposite, in fact.

An NFL source tells the StarTribune.com's Judd Zulgad that McNabb received a one-year deal worth $5.05 million.

Or as PFT's Mike Florio put is Saturday: "That’s only $1 million more than the $4 million average of the two-year deal that former Vikings starter Tarvaris Jackson signed in Seattle, and it’s $11 million less than what the guy who ultimately replaced McNabb will earn in Philly this year."

According to Tom Pelissero of ESPN Radio the team included incentives that push the maximum value of the contract to $7.25 million.

Zulgad calls the deal a "win-win" for the Vikings because it means that if McNabb plays in 2011 like he did in 2010 Minnesota can let him walk. It also gives us some indication of what the Vikings' plans are for rookie quarterback Christian Ponder: he'll likely sit for this season and it will be his job to lose heading into 2012. And who knows -- depending on how things go, perhaps sooner.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:17 pm
 

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Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:30 pm
 

McNabb's Vikings contract: 1 year, $5.05 million

Good price. Some backups make 2-3million.  Ponder will not play this year if McNabb maintains a winning record close to the conference lead.  Ponder needs to beef up his upper body strength IMHO.



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 6:47 am
 

McNabb's Vikings contract: 1 year, $5.05 million

Wow....the price for substitute teaching sure has gone up!!!



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2011 1:48 pm
 

McNabb's Vikings contract: 1 year, $5.05 million

They will bench him by Week 9 and hand the starting job over to Ponder.  This is similar to the Giants with Kurt Warner and Eli Manning several years ago, except McNabb is not half the talent at this point in his career that Warner was.



Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2011 1:13 pm
 

McNabb's Vikings contract: 1 year, $5.05 million

Being from Philly and watch Donnie for years, I think Vikes get him back to the top. Good Wr Te and well... AP  Mcnabb will do them good and they should be fighting for WC spot. McNabb is a good QB. Washington is a bunch of Bozo's. From owner to coachs. They will be last in the East again, and better have Gruden on speed dial for next year.



Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 7, 2011 12:30 pm
 

McNabb's Vikings contract: 1 year, $5.05 million

Donavan will re-emerge as a leader and would expect hime to be back for a few more years, he is a good Qb, and hope he does show any doubters otherwise, I liked Donovan as an Eagle, even though he could dominate in the regular season and then choke... dunno just pressure.
If he does what Brett did for his first 2  years Vikings Fans will jump on Board, for 5.00 mil a steal, my 9ers paid Alex Smith that... Who would you rather have? 



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: August 7, 2011 11:40 am
 

McNabb's Vikings contract: 1 year, $5.05 million

An NFL source tells the 's Judd Zulgad that McNabb received a one-year deal worth $5.05 million.

Or as 's Mike Florio put is Saturday: "That’s only $1 million more than the $4 million average of the two-year deal that former Vikings starter signed in Seattle, and it’s $11 million less than what the guy who ultimately replaced McNabb will earn in Philly this year."

According to Tom Pelissero of the team included incentives that push the maximum value of the contract to $7.25 million.
This is definitely the epitome of a "Prove-It" contract. This will be the last chance for 34-year old (turns 35 during the season) Donovan McNabb to prove that he can be an effective starting quarterback in the National Football League.
If he plays like he did back in 2004 or 2006 for the Philadelphia Eagles I can see him getting one last multi-year contract (e.g. 2 years at $9 to $10 million per season) next offseason from a team (maybe the Minnesota Vikings or another team). If he plays like he did last year for the Washington Redskins he will probably find himself either holding a clipboard for a team (it would not be the Minnesota Vikings) or sitting by the telephone waiting for a team to call him when the 2012 season begins.


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