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Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:11 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 6:23 pm
 
Chicago missed out on Orton. Could McNabb be next? (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Last week, the Broncos released former starting quarterback Kyle Orton to give him a chance to catch on with another team now that the trading deadline had passed. On Thursday, the Vikings reportedly extended the same courtesy to Donovan McNabb, Minnesota's starter to begin the year who was replaced with rookie quarterback Christian Ponder in Week 7.

The Vikings were 1-5 when McNabb headed to the bench; they're 1-4 since with Ponder. There's a decent argument that Minnesota is virtually the same team before and after McNabb. Fair enough, but the biggest difference is that Ponder is gaining experience and has upside. With McNabb what you see is what you get. And, frankly, the last two seasons it's been hard to watch him at all.

According to Leslie Frazier, it was a mutual decision between McNabb and the team.

"He's been a true pro in every sense of the word," Frazier said. "He's a class guy. Always has been, and he's done a good job in spite of the fact he wasn't our starting quarterback.

"When you have a guy who has been this successful in this league, he has an idea how he wants his career to continue or not to continue. That played a role in making that decision," Frazier said.

But, hey, one man's trash…

In the NFL, competence is relative and there are several teams in the playoff hunt who are suddenly in need of a replacement-level quarterback. When Denver cut Orton, Chicago was an obvious landing spot. The Bears had just lost Jay Cutler to a hand injury and backup Caleb Hanie had yet to start an NFL game (that happened over the weekend and it didn't go well).

McNabb probably isn't as good as Orton but at this point in the proceedings, with just five games remaining in the regular season and Chicago's tenuous hold on a playoff spot, there's no time to be picky. The question, at its most basic, comes down to this: does McNabb give the Bears a better chance to win than Hanie?

If Lovie Smith and Mike Martz think so, they'll put in a waiver claim for him. If they don't, they'll pray that Hanie plays better and that Cutler's hand magically heals in the next few weeks.

But even if Chicago wants McNabb, there's no guarantee they land him. They also wanted Orton, but the Chiefs, by virtue of having a worse record, were awarded Orton off waivers. A similar scenario could play out again for McNabb's services.

This is bad news for Chicago but good news for McNabb, who hasn't been wanted since the Eagles traded him a few years ago. We're sure his confidence could use the boost.

Other teams that might be interested: the Texans, who just signed Jake Delhomme (!) to backup T.J. Yates and Kellen Clemens, and possibly the Cowboys, who put in a waiver claim for Orton last week.

UPDATE: The Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans aren't interested. Put differently: they have more faith in Yates, Clemens and Delhomme. 


After an overtime win last week over the Chargers, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos will travel to Mall of America Field to battle the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz take a look at this game.

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Comments

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

"McNabb could help a young player, he could give moral support and tell the young player what he did wrong. He is a 3rd or 4th string if anything."

Don`t you think, if he would give moral support, and tell the young player what he did wrong, Minnesota would keep him for that reason with Ponder. Whenever I watch a Vikings game, he doesn`t look interested at all about being there. He needs to realize he`s nothing more than a back-up anymore. Until then, he`ll be useless to any team that signs him.



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

Geez I remember awhile ago that fat loud mouth said a non-political correctness thing about mcnabb and was jumped on but in reality he may have been right that he was overrated....and it hurts to say limbaugh was right on anything
Then don't say it, because he was wrong. McNabb is at the end of his career; of course he's not as good anymore. But he was. He was prety damn good. Not great, but good, and for every team not named the Packers, Saints, Patriots, or Colts, that's what they have to make do with. Let's not drag McNabb's legacy through the mud for his latter-day sins.



Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

McNabb could help a young player, he could give moral support and tell the young player what he did wrong. He is a 3rd or 4th string if anything.




Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

Didnt he play With this disease for years while with the jags? I thought for sure he would resign. he would be an excellent back-up on any team so long as he was healthy enough to play.




Since: Feb 12, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

PREVIOUS POST @ D Ramsr1..



Since: Feb 12, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

  David Garrard Suffers from crohn's Disease and it's either injury or health related I imagine why he is not on any teams Radars, as Quality QBs or simply somewhat NFL experienced QB's are scarce and being depleted as this condensed season progresses towards its conclusion....but yeah Mcnabb to CHI I doubt it but who knows what the whackey-McCaskey Crew is thinking...



Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

Sadly, I don't think McNabb will have a good end to his career; at least not the one he wants. It's true that Hanie is inexperienced and started much like Joe Webb did last year after Farve got hurt but he has a lot of potential. I think the Chicago Bears might go for McNabb as a backup to Hanie, but they definatly won't start him. They want to see what Hanie can do for them. McNabb has a lot of experience but the league has seen what he can do and are more prepared for his attacks of offense than Hanie. Either way, the Bears may be in trouble, but I think they have a better shot with Hanie than McNabb.




Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

Pretty sure that if the Bears want McNabb they will get him.   Can`t see any other team putting a claim in..McNabb has been running on fumes for a couple of years now and the tank is almost empty.

People bitched at Shanny but he was correct about McNabb.  McNabbs best days are long gone.



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:41 pm
 

Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

it's 6:40 PM EST and CBS has yet to report this bum has already been released. CBS should really get their reporters out of the donut shops and back to work.



Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

Donovan McNabb will take the Bears all the way! That is, of course, after the spaceships land.


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