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Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:21 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 5:23 pm
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Donovan McNabb clears waivers, becomes free agent

Posted by Will Brinson



Despite a glaring need at quarterback on a number of playoff contenders, no one claimed recently-released quarterback Donovan McNabb on Friday.

McNabb, who reportedly asked for his release after being demoted, was supposed to draw interest from someone, like the Bears (currently starting Caleb Hanie) or the Texans (currently starting T.J. Yates), but instead passed through waivers, which makes him an unrestricted free agent.

Quite obviously, the limited upside that McNabb offers just wasn't worth the downside of picking up the rest of the quarterback's contract with a waiver claim and/or dealing with bringing McNabb into a backup situation that he probably wouldn't be happy with anyway.

McNabb could still sign with someone as a free agent, but Chicago seems like the only truly viable option for him, what with Houston inking Jake Delhomme recently.

Which means that this may be the end of the road, at least for now, for McNabb, who's impromptu live appearance on ESPN Thursday night may be the best predictor of what he'll be doing in 2012. He's now been demoted by three different teams and benched for Kevin Kolb, Rex Grossman and Christian Ponder in the span of two years.

The same team that just cut him, Minnesota, claimed Sage Rosenfels to take McNabb's place. Houston seems willing to roll with Jake Delhomme as Yates backup rather than taking a flier on McNabb. In other words, you don't need shades to stare at McNabb's future on the football field.

But hey, on the bright side, it's not like the Redskins, Eagles and Vikings -- 10 wins between them this year! -- are having a bunch of success this year.

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Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Vikings claim Sage Rosenfels off waivers

Rosenfels returns to Minnesota where he played in 2009. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On October 25, the Dolphins placed backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list after Rosenfels became sick with the same illness that landed him in the hospital in August.

On Friday, the Vikings claimed Rosenfels off waivers a day after the Dolphins wavied him, Vikings.com reports.

There was some speculation earlier in the week, after the Texans lost backup Matt Leinart to a should injury, that Rosenfels could return to Houston where he played from 2006-2008 and made 10 starts. Instead, he's is headed to Minnesota, where he was a third-stringer behind Tarvaris Jackson and Brett Favre in 2009.

Back in October, when Rosenfels originally landed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list, he released a statement through his agent that made it sound like his season was over. “I am thankful for the opportunity the Dolphins gave me to come here and play. I was looking forward to contributing to the team when I signed.

“When I first joined the Dolphins, all tests showed that I was healthy and ready to go. But after practicing for a few weeks, especially in the heat, some new indications made it obvious that I need to rest and allow my body to regain all requisite strength. I want to thank the Dolphins for their understanding and wish them the best of luck the rest of the season.”

If nothing else, it's great news that Rosenfels is healthy enough to return to football. He's also the latest name we can add to an ever-growing list of quarterbacks that coaches would prefer over Donovan McNabb.


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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Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:53 pm
 

Report: McNabb asked for release after demotion

McNabb was willing to backup Ponder, but not serve as Minnesota's scout team quarterback. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Donovan McNabb came to the Vikings in the offseason to not only get the team to the playoffs but to serve as a bridge to the Christian Ponder era. That all changed on October 23, when McNabb was officially benched and the Ponder moved to the top of the depth chart at least a year earlier than expected.

Apparently, McNabb was willing to serve as Ponder's backup even if that wasn't the plan when he arrived. But after being demoted to the scout team quarterback and falling behind Joe Webb, he asked for his release.

Details via 1500ESPN.com's Tom Pelissero:

"Multiple NFL sources told 1500ESPN.com on Friday that McNabb had been relegated to running the scout team in recent weeks, and it's believed he asked for his release after being informed he would be No. 3 on the depth chart for the rest of the season, beginning with Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.

"The change meant McNabb, 35, would have had virtually no chance to get back on the field even if something happened to rookie Christian Ponder and he would have given up even more snaps in practice to second-year pro Joe Webb, who moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart."

Shortly after he was benched in October, rumors surfaced that McNabb showed up late and didn't know the offense. (He later refuted the speculation.) Pelissero writes that questions about McNabb's conditioning extend back to the preseason.

"According to sources, McNabb reported to training camp out of shape and had fallen further out of shape after his demotion. He seemed to acknowledge as much in an interview with ESPN on Thursday in which he said he wants to play and 'clearing the mind and getting the body back where it needs to be is the most important thing.'"

It wasn't long ago that McNabb was a top-10 quarterback who annually led the Eagles to the playoffs. Now, in the span of 15 months, he's been traded for and discarded by two mediocre teams that thought he could still play in the NFL. In 19 starts with the Redskins and Vikings dating back to 2010, McNabb completed 58.8 percent of his passes and threw 18 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Not Tyler Palko numbers, but also not what we were used to seeing from McNabb, either.

Put differently, as noted by PFT.com's Michael David Smith: "Three different coaches in the last 20 months have concluded that McNabb was the third-best quarterback on the roster."

So now McNabb's a man without a team. Whether that changes in the coming days remains to be seen, but even if he ends up on another NFL roster, it's clear that his best days are well behind him. Just something to keep when someone suggests that McNabb might be better for the Bears down the stretch than Caleb Hanie. We're not so sure.


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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Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:43 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 8:28 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

McNabb

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While the Vikings decision to waive Donovan McNabb came as a bit of a surprise, it’s what Donovan McNabb wanted. And after talking it over with coach Leslie Frazier, both sides agreed it was best for both parties to move in different directions.

With Christian Ponder taking over the starting quarterback role last month, McNabb took a seat on the bench and thought about the next step in his career. And ultimately he asked for his release so he could move onto the next phase of it.

“I felt the direction in the way that things were going, it was best for Christian and Joe (Webb) to continue developing to run the offense,” McNabb said on ESPN Thursday evening. “I just wanted to be the guy who tried to add that confidence or that spiritual advice. But I thought the best move for me at this particular point was to move on, clear my head and see what’s next.”

So, he’s not going to retire voluntarily, though it seems there’s a good chance nobody will claim him off the waiver wire. And if nobody wants to sign him, he’ll move on to something else.

“There’s always plan B, but I’m not focused on that right now,” McNabb said. “Clearing the mind and getting the body back where it needs to be is the most important thing. If anything were to happen, I have a career I can look back on and be very excited about it.”

The Bears obviously need some help at the quarterback spot, and though the Texans do as well, it sounds like Houston is not interested in McNabb’s services. Why should a GM look seriously at McNabb, though?

Well, let McNabb tell you.

“You bring a veteran who has great experience to the ball club,” he said. “Athletic ability, a guy who’s not a locker room cancer, a great work ethic and only wants to win. I’m a winner and I’ve proven that.

“Taking time is very important, although I’ve spent enough time resting so to speak in these last couple weeks. I am pretty fresh. But the thing about it is you have to focus your mind on being the guy back out there again.”

Whether anybody puts him in that position again, we’ll have to wait and see.

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Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:11 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Vikings to release McNabb, Bears next?

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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Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Sidney Rice done for the season

S. Rice suffered two concussions in three weeks (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The past couple of seasons have not been kind to Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice and to the teams who employ him.

After starting only three games last year because of a hip injury, the Vikings declined to give him a long-term deal, which allowed Seattle to do exactly that, inking him to a five-year, $41 million contract before this season.

But if the Vikings believed he was brittle -- and by not signing a talent like Rice, that obviously was one of the reasons they didn’t re-up him -- he’s done nothing to disprove that theory.

That’s why it’s not surprising to hear, via the Seattle Times, that the Seahawks will place Rice on injured reserve after suffering his second concussion in three games (Rice also suffered through a torn labrum early this season and missed practice lately because of knee problems).

"We're going to sit him down to make sure we take great care of him as we gather more information," coach Pete Carroll said. “We have to give him time. He's going to have to sit for a number of weeks before he would be able to play anyway. We just want to make sure we take care of him and don't bring him back too soon."

It’s an unfortunate occurrence for Rice, who seems to have disappeared in Seattle.

Remember in 2009 when he caught  83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns? That seems like ages ago. In the past two seasons combined, he’s recorded 46 catches for 537 yards and eight touchdowns.

Obviously, Rice is still a scoring threat because he’s 6-foot-4 and speedy. But on a game-by-game impact, the 25-year-old has grown nearly irrelevant because of his injuries. Now we’ll have to wait until next year to see if he’s really the receiver he once was.

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Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Pick-Six Podcast: Tebow a Pro Bowler + Film Room

Posted by Will Brinson

No, we're not trolling for podcast downloads -- this is a serious question: is Tim Tebow a Pro Bowl candidate?

OK, so it's not a totally serious question, because he's not a Pro Bowler. But the idea's being thrown around, so Andy Benoit and I break down the possibility.

We also do our Film Room spin around the upcoming games, wondering if the Texans can keep winning with T.J. Yates under center, whether the (fizzling?) Lions can slow down the (sizzling?) Saints, if the Vikings are a dead-team walking sans Adrian Peterson, if the Bengals can get revenge on the Steelers, if the Giants can turn things around against the Packers, where the Chargers/Jaguars go from here, and much, much more.
 
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Posted on: November 21, 2011 6:46 pm
 

NFL Week 11 podcast review + MNF preview

Posted by Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

Week 11 is almost wrapped up and so we take to the airwaves in order to break down the football action from the weekend.

We discuss whether or not the Bears can make the playoffs with Jay Cutler missing, whether the Giants are about to start their annual late-season collapse, if Adrian Peterson's injury matters in the big scheme of things, whether Norv Turner will be fired, if the Redskins are showing life, if the Lions found a running game, if the Dolphins are the hottest team in the NFL.

Then we dive into how bad the Bills are, why no one should pay running backs, if Baltimore is the class of the AFC, if the Eagles can make a playoff run and whether Oakland or Denver is the best in the AFC West.

All that and much, much more, below.

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