Tag:Donovan McNabb
Posted on: July 26, 2011 6:23 pm

McNabb could be headed to Minnesota

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

So, who wants to take a chance on Redskins QB Donovan McNabb, the guy who was beaten up and benched last year in Washington?

How ‘bout the team who just got finished employing Brett Favre? Yep, it’s the Vikings.

That’s according to CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman, who reports that the Vikings and Redskins have had "intense" conversations about possibly trading McNabb.

McNabb's destination
With rookie Christian Ponder and the inexperienced Joe Webb as the only legit starting QBs on the roster right now – you might have heard that the Seahawks will sign away Tarvaris Jackson from Minnesota – it stands to reason that the Vikings are in need of an experienced signal-caller to help with Ponder’s transition to the NFL.

But considering McNabb is due to make $12.5 million this season, the terms of McNabb’s contract would have to be restructured in order for the Vikings to accept the deal. Especially since, at one point last season, Washington coach Mike Shanahan thought Rex Grossman should be in the game to lead a last-minute drive instead of McNabb.

So, why do it? Well, as ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert writes, the deal only makes sense if McNabb comes into Minnesota with the understanding that he’d be Ponder’s backup. Otherwise, Seifert writes, “if Ponder isn't ready in Week 1, you wonder if someone like Joe Webb or Tyler Thigpen couldn't hold down the fort until he is. Isn't that a smarter long-term move than trading for a declining player who can't start for a team that plans to have Rex Grossman and John Beck compete for the job this summer? The Vikings drafted Ponder to end their cycle of Band-Aid solutions at quarterback, not to extend it.”

Considering the Redskins gave up two draft picks to get McNabb from the Eagles before the 2010 season, McNabb’s decline in value is pretty startling.

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Posted on: July 17, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: July 17, 2011 10:35 am

'Nice market' in FA for Tarvaris Jackson?

Posted by Will Brinson

In Minnesota, Christian Ponder has become the unquestioned future at quarterback, and even if the Vikings end up pursuing and/or signing a veteran free agent, it will be in a "mentor" role.

What about the past, though?

We know Tarvaris Jackson isn't coming back to Minnesota, and we know that there's a need for quarterbacks around the NFL. But could there be a market for a guy like Jackson, who's got potential but has struggled so often to succeed at the NFL level?

Well, the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora certainly thinks so and notes that he foresees "a nice market" for Jackson in free agency.

Specifically, LaCanfora cites the Redskins, the Seahawks and the Dolphins as "strong possibilities" to sign the former first-rounder.

Those teams make a lot of sense, too, because they've got uncertain quarterback situations with incumbent veterans that need to be pushed.

The Redskins will, in all likelihood, end up with Rex Grossman and John Beck competing for the starting job (we're assuming here, of course, that despite love from Mike Shanahan, Donovan McNabb gets the boot) and Tarvaris would make a good third wheel to push the other guys and give Mike Shanahan a second option. Plus, he can roll out and throw on the run, so he must be just like Jake Plummer!

In Seattle, Matt Hasselebeck is supposed to come back, but no one's really all that sure -- one week he's guaranteed to be back, the next week it's no more than a 50-percent chance. Since anyone can beat out Charlie Whitehurst for a job, Jackson's a good candidate there as well.

And in Miami, there's been a lot of chatter about Vince Young as a possible addition to the Dolphins roster. Jackson might not have the same résumé as Young but he also doesn't bring to the table the same dramatic downside that VY does.

Factor in that Jackson will be cheaper and more durable over the course of a contract than most "veteran" quarterback options out there, and it's not unreasonable to see why teams might be interested.

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Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:58 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 12:21 am

Redskins will be busy in free agency

ShanahanPosted by Josh Katzowitz

The Redskins weren’t big-time players in free agency last offseason -- though they did make a pretty big-time trade for Donovan McNabb, which didn’t exactly, um, work out for anybody -- but NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora writes that the previous attitude will change once the lockout ends.

Apparently, the primary objective for coach Mike Shanahan is to sign wide receiver Santonio Holmes, though you can be sure the Jets will put up a fight for him, while players like Ravens G Marshall Yanda, Packers DL Cullen Jenkins and Jets DL Kris Jenkins also are wanted by the Redskins.

LaCanfora writes that the team very well could land the Jenkins brothers, because neither will be as in demand as Holmes and Yanda.

If the Redskins were to sign Holmes, there’s a decent chance that WR Santana Moss -- who’s been in Washington for the past six seasons -- would not return (though he has stated that he wants to stay with the Redskins).

Not surprisingly, the team doesn’t plan to keep McNabb or DL/troublemaker Albert Haynesworth. Washington most likely will release McNabb once the lockout is over. But the Redskins still will want to find somebody who will take Haynesworth in a trade, in part because they don’t want Haynesworth to get his way and in part because they want to control where Haynesworth plays next year (ie. not anywhere in the NFC East).

But as LaCanfora writes, this will be a big offseason for Shanahan, because he “already has fallen under scrutiny following clashes with top players and acute struggles on both offense and defense during his first season in Washington.”

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Posted on: July 8, 2011 9:08 pm

Mike Shanahan: 'I love Donovan McNabb'

Posted by Will Brinson

With very few exceptions, there's little certainty about this NFL offseason. Some things -- Kenny Britt getting in trouble, for example -- are guarantees. And some things -- Donovan McNabb not playing for the Redskins next year -- seem like guarantees.

Which is why it's so surprising to hear Mike Shanahan say the words, "I love Donovan McNabb." But that's exactly what he said on Friday at a youth football camp.

"I love Donovan McNabb," Shanahan said, per Jennifer Williams of CSNWashington.com. "He’s one of the best guys you’ll ever be around. You cannot find a better person in the world.

"The thing that you do when you put a football team together is you sit down and make some tough decisions, and I will sit down with him once we are able to talk.”

They won't be able to chat until there's a new collective bargaining agreement, of course, and that means it's anyone guess as to when they'll be face-to-face.

Once they do chat, however, it's a virtual lock that Shanny's going to be shipping McNabb out of town, at least based on his criteria for evaluating players anyway.

"You're evaluating obviously on their talent, character and age," he said.

Character might be important and Shanahan might really love McNabb as a person. But based on his decision to bench Donovan for Rex Grossman last year, as well as certain comments from certain quarterbacks during this offseason, it's pretty obvious that he doesn't believe McNabb nails the trifecta in terms of things he's looking for in a quarterback.

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 11:45 am
Edited on: July 7, 2011 11:55 am

Report: PHI wants Haynesworth, WAS won't cut him

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We mentioned in Tuesday's Hot Routes that Albert Haynesworth had a suitor. New Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn was Haynesworth's position coach in Tennessee and, according to a Yahoo source, Washburn's "convinced he can get the most out of Haynesworth," and that "he wants him badly."

Now, via the Philadelphia Sports Daily's Tim McManus, the feeling's mutual: Haynesworth reportedly wants to come to Philly.

"It would be his greatest chance to rise amongst the elite a final time," McManus wrote Wednesday. "The 6-6, 335-pound tackle would be reunited with defensive line coach Jim Washburn and have a chance to play the type of ball that got him the seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins in the first place. Haynesworth is interested in attacking the quarterback; Washburn wants his linemen to do just that. Their final year together in Tennessee, such harmony resulted in 8½ sacks and three forced fumbles."

And then Haynesworth signed with the Redskins, where careers go to die. That's not to say he's without blame; in fact, you could make the case that the circumstances Haynesworth finds himself are mostly his doing. Still, that doesn't change anything; Washington got virtually nothing for their eight-figure investment, and even though it's clear the two sides would be better off without each other, that might not happen anytime soon, at least not without the Redskins getting something for their trouble.

A source tells McManus that “They are not going to cut [Haynesworth]. If the Eagles or anyone else wants him it is going to have to be by trade. Because if they cut him, that’s giving him his way.”

We wrote last month that the Redskins front office suffers from the sunk cost fallacy, an economic theory that says that GMs and coaches are unwilling to cut their losses with underperforming or overpriced players because they're the ones most attached to the investment (which is now a sunk cost). AdvancedNFLStats.com took it a step further: "New managers are not beholden to their predecessors’ sunk costs, and are freer to make rational decisions."

Which led us to write at the time: "Unfortunately for the Redskins, Allen -- who inherited Haynesworth from Vinny Cerrato -- hasn't followed that advice. Presumably because in the back of Allen's mind is the fear that if he cuts Haynesworth, not only does that mean tens of millions of dollars down the drain (sunk cost!), there's the chance that another team will sign him, and worse, he will play well."

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora said weeks ago that the 'Skins "should have taken a fifth for him last offseason and ended the circus then.”

Of course, this is the same outfit that not only traded within the division for Donovan McNabb and gave him a contract extension during the 2010 season, but benched him nine weeks later for Rex Grossman. As it stands, Washington will be lucky to get a fifth-rounder for McNabb.

The lesson: Don't spend lavishly on players who don't fit your system (this should be obvious, we know). And if you do, you can't be afraid to unload them to the highest bidder, even if it's less than market value. (The very same market, ironically, you inflated by overpaying for said players in the first place.)

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Posted on: July 5, 2011 1:12 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 1:28 pm

Redskins shouldn't expect much for McNabb

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been a recurring theme this offseason. Anytime the conversation turns to matching a veteran quarterback with a team desperately in need of a starter, Donovan McNabb is usually mentioned as an afterthought if his name comes up at all.

It's not altogether shocking; McNabb is 34 and has been average (or worse) the last two seasons. But the manner in which McNabb was relegated to QB scrap heap has been something of a surprise. Washington gave division rival Philadelphia second- and fourth-round picks last offseason for McNabb, presumably because new coach Mike Shanahan thought the 11-year veteran could still play at a high level.

It only took eight weeks before Shanahan yanked McNabb late in a game against the Lions for Rex Grossman. And by the final month of the season, McNabb was on the bench for good, his Washington career effectively over some 14 weeks after it started.

So why would the 'Skins give up on McNabb less than a year after trading for him? In May, a source told CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco that it's all because "The son doesn't like him." That would be Shanahan's son, Kyle, who is also Washington's offensive coordinator.

Technically, McNabb is still a member of the Redskins, but that'll change soon after the lockout ends, and for better or worse, it will also usher in the John Beck era. The only question is if Washington will trade or release McNabb. The latter is contingent on the former, although there's no guarantee that other teams think enough of McNabb, especially given his hefty contract (signed after Week 1 of the 2010 season), to give up much to get him.

The Washington Post's Jason Reid writes that a confluence of reasons will likely lessen the demand for McNabb's services.
Forget about holding out for the highest draft pick. Don’t keep McNabb on the roster throughout the preseason in an effort to create a bidding war. That would only prolong a lingering, ugly situation that requires resolution as quickly as possible. …

The Shanahans did so much to devalue McNabb that the Redskins should not expect to receive much in exchange for a player beginning his 13th season. Also, teams are expected to ask McNabb to rework his contract to facilitate a trade, so the Redskins will need his cooperation, limiting potential trading partners.

McNabb probably would give back his $3.5 million signing bonus if the Redskins were willing to release him when the lockout ends, but Shanahan wants something more than money after squandering second- and fourth-round picks on McNabb. If the Redskins move McNabb a minute after a new collective bargaining agreement is formally implemented or wait until the day after their first regular season game — the option deadline — it would still be surprising if any team offered more than a sixth- or conditional seventh-round pick for him. Shanahan needs to let McNabb move on at any price.
Wherever McNabb ends up, it will probably be as a backup. The Dolphins, Titans, Vikings, and Seahawks are all in the market for veterans, either to challenge for the starting job or mentor young QBs currently on the roster.  

If there's a silver lining it has to be this: whatever role McNabb assumes in 2011 -- even if he's out of football -- it will almost certainly be preferable to what he endured in Washington last season.

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Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:34 am
Edited on: June 30, 2011 9:49 am

Dolphins have very specific FA targets?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Miami Dolphins have -- already -- had an interesting offseason. The running back combo of Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown appears headed out the door (and the Fins still passed on Mark Ingram) and, as previously noted, questions about Chad Henne remain (and the Fins still passed on various quarterbacks).

Oh yes, and owner Stephen Ross publicly pursued Jim Harbaugh while Tony Sparano was still employed, failed to land the then-Stanford coach and then had to give Sparano a raise.

This friction across three key areas has created a need come free agency -- Omar Kelly of the Miami Sun-Sentinel writes that the Dolphins have a couple of very specific targets between now and whenever the season starts.

First, Kelly believes they'll add a veteran quarterback, but not a Chad Pennington-style backup-type. Kelly believes it will be someone who will be "savvy enough to push -- if not unseat -- [Henne]"; names he floats include Carson Palmer, Kevin Kolb, Matt Flynn, Vince Young, Matt Hasselbeck, Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman.

That's a pretty, pretty wide spectrum of quarterbacks, but the point is salient -- the Dolphins will get another quarterback who expects to get a shot at starting.

They're also going to get a "tailback who has the ability to run stretch plays … that gets to the EDGES," Kelly writes. The biggest name associated with Miami thus far has been the Panthers' DeAngelo Williams; Carolina's repeatedly said it wants Williams back, but depending on how free agency shakes out, it seems less and less likely that re-signing him would be a prudent move.

There are other available names, though: Ahmad Bradshaw, Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush are names Kelly hears from "reliable sources."

Those guys make a lot of sense, especially if the Dolphins have interest in bringing back Ricky -- a combo of Sproles or Bush plus Williams would be a solid 1-2 punch out of the backfield.

All that's easier said than done, of course, but it's pretty clear what the Dolphins need, and there's good news for Fins fans, because it lines up nicely with what Miami wants.

And, provided free agency plays out as expected, the open market might be spot-on for those voids as well.

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 2:09 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 2:59 pm

Dockett gets pulled by cops, live tweets it all

Posted by Will Brinson

Donovan McNabb recently said that athletes should stay off of Twitter. There's some logic to his thought process (see: the Rashard Mendenhall-9/11 public relations nightmare that recently unfolded) but, ultimately, Twitter is fantastic because it allows athletes to interact with fans.

Or, if you prefer, live-tweet what happens when they're pulled over by the cops and refuse to allow the men in blue to search their vehicle, as the case was with Darnell Dockett (who made our Top 10 must-follow NFL Twitter accounts last year) on Monday afternoon.

"I don't know why the police always messing w/me I'm never gonna let them search my car with out a search warrant!" Dockett exclaimed about 1:00 PM EST on Twitter. "No matter what!"

He then went on a rant while -- apparently -- pulled over on the side of the road, waiting for the cops to return with a search warrant. To the expletive-washed blockquote machine!
Police sitting here waiting on back up cuz I told them YOU NOT SEARCHING MY CAR! PERIOD! & now I'm sitting here! Owell I aint got [expletive] 2 do!"

There R 3police cars and they are talking! I don't see A search warrant they won't see inside this escalade! I got all day hope they don't!

Police said "do you mind if we look around in your Vehicle?" I said I sure DO! He said "I'm gonna call back up" I said u wanna use my phone?

I think they (POLICE) going to get a search warrant cuz they sitting here looking like fools waiting on something!

These COPS really think I'm stupid they playing good cop bad cop! BOY STOOOOP! I'm not falling for that! NO SIR YOU WILL NOT LOOK IN MY CAR!

This cop just ask me how tall R u & where R U from! I'm bout to ask him can I go across the street to POPEYS while we sitting here waiting!

I been sitting here for a HOUR 1cop by the driver window, 2talking at the car! And the 1by the window being friendly! Like wtf?

I asked the cop why he pulled me over he said I was speeding I said [CAPITALIZED BOVINE EXPLETIVE]! But give me the ticket that's when he asked to search my car!

So you gonna lie and say I'm speeding then you wanna search my car! Get the [expletive] ouutta here! Better go get a warrant *turns up radio*

OK so now I think they letting me Go cop just brought my DL's and registration! Yeah I'm bout to be out this MOFO!
So, yeah, this is still playing out in "real time" on the Internet.

And it's probably going to end awesomely one way or another, either with Dockett getting in some kind of trouble and tweeting all the way to jail, or with Dockett posting the officers' badge numbers on Twitter.

Regardless, it's pretty clear that McNabb was wrong about the power of social media.

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