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McNabb really thought the Bears would sign him

Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:20 pm
McNabbBy Josh Katzowitz

After the Vikings cut Donovan McNabb on Dec. 1, he appeared on ESPN for an interviewe and seemed confident that, even if nobody claimed him off waivers, he would be signed as a free agent at some point soon.

That obviously never happened, even though apparently McNabb truly believed the Bears would ink him after Jay Cutler went down with his season-ending injury.

"I thought the Bears would call," McNabb said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 (via ESPN Chicago). "So many people continuously talked about the Mike Martz offense and things of that nature. I personally didn't care about that. If you want to win and win now, you go out and get a better quarterback and you cater your offense to his strengths, and obviously the strengths of your team.

"Obviously it didn't work out well for them. It's unfortunate. I wish things would have worked out, but it didn't. We will see what happens from now on."

Instead of signing McNabb (or Brett Favre for that matter), the Bears -- who did put a waiver claim on Kyle Orton before losing five of their final six games of the season -- went with the disastrous Caleb Hanie before finding some offensive stability with Josh McCown.

Even so, Bears receiver Devin Hester didn’t relish the thought of bringing in McNabb, saying it would be a “waste of time” because McNabb hadn’t played in former offensive coordinator Mike Martz’s offense.

Still, McNabb would have liked the chance, particularly since Chicago is his hometown.

"I definitely thought about it," he said. "Growing up a Bears fan, I kind of saw myself playing back home and hopefully winning the Super Bowl ... I think when the situation was there, everyone, friends and family, thought it would happen. It didn't, things didn't work out well for them.

"I got a chance to relax and rest my body, so I don't mind at this particular time what happened, but things could have been different."

For McNabb, and certainly, for the Bears.

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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:58 am

McNabb really thought the Bears would sign him

@spotrsnut101. See where that got the Bears thinking that way? 

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:56 am

McNabb really thought the Bears would sign him

To Devin Hester: YOU were a waste of time the last 6 games!  Lets trade Hester and get some players that want to play on every down they are in the game.  Hester was mailing it in the last few games! I have no problem with Daniel Manning returning kicks. Oh wait, Angelo let him go to Houston and I see he helped them become a pretty damn good Defense!

Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:21 pm
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Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:17 pm

McNabb really thought the Bears would sign him

I would say, that was the worst move any team made in the`11 season. Minnesota should have just gone with Webb this year. Probably would have challenged Chicago for the third spot in the division. Instead, they decided to sit in the cellar with that old has been.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:18 pm

McNabb really thought the Bears would sign him

If Donovan loses some weight I think he may have a few years left. He sill has a strong arm, and can still move, but his conditioning is not what it was.  In the right situation he could work, but

1. he needs a running game

2. he has to have above average Wrs.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:03 pm

McNabb really thought the Bears would sign him

Donovan was awful his last moth with the Eagles. Even his long-time friend and mentor, Andy Reid, knew he was done. He was terrible with the Redskins...not even able, despite the investment the 'Skins made in him, to keep Rex Grossman off the field. He was again just awful with the Vikings. Completely, unmistakeably awful. So he wasn't going to help the Bears. He is more than done. He is done like Brett Favre was done.

McNabb was one of the league's best for a decade. But when he fell off that cliff, it was a long drop straight down. 

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:14 pm

McNabb really thought the Bears would sign him

All you guys are fools and Mcnabb is much better than that bum the bears had playing QB hands down. Mcnabb don't throw 3,4 ints a game and turn the ball over like that bum did. Mcnabb numbers are actually just as good as john beck and the bum grossman but with far less TO's! And don't even compare Mcnabbs numbers to that bum in Chicago. He is a joke and the bears didn't bring in Mcnabb and that's what cost the GM his job dude! Mcnabb can still start in the NFL despite what you guys think because he is still better than a lot of the starters that start for teams. Put some talent around the dude and give him some WR's that can make some plays man. Mcnabb still has some yrs left in him!

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:07 pm

McNabb really thought the Bears would sign him


Is he serious?

Its something when the Bears thought that Caleb Hanie was a better option than McNabb! McNabb needs to retire and forget about playing in the NFL anymore because he isn't worth it!     

Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:40 pm

McNabb really thought the Bears would sign him

Mcnabb must not have watched his own film for the last few years. If he did, he would realize exactly why the Bears did'nt make the phone call to him. Mcnabb has lost alot of his mobility, and bounces way too many balls about four feet in front of his receivers. If they had brought Donovan in it would'nt have helped them a bit.

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