Yesterday, quarterback Donovan McNabb asked for and was granted his release by the Minnesota Vikings.
As I write this, NFL teams have about ten minutes to claim McNabb before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
McNabb says he’s open to any takers but none has been forthcoming. Earlier today, the Dallas Cowboys declined to put in a claim for McNabb. The Chicago Bears aren’t interested either. I can’t see the Houston Texans being interested since they signed Jake Delhomme a couple of days ago.
McNabb’s hasn’t played since October 16th when the Vikings were trounced by the Bears at Soldiers Field 39-10. He was benched in the middle of the game in favor of Christian Ponder. The Vikings aren’t much better under Ponder than they were with McNabb. Then again McNabb is 35 while Ponder is 23. The Vikings can plan for the long term around Ponder and can’t do that with McNabb.
Of course, with five more weeks left in the NFL season another QB could go down. But that doesn’t mean they’ll come knocking on McNabb’s door. McNabb’s career has been in precipitous decline since he left the Philadelphia Eagles last year. After bad stints with the Washington Redskins and now the Vikings, McNabb’s days as a starting quarterback in the NFL are probably over barring absolute desperation.
Here’s a thought. Let’s say nobody in the NFL wants McNabb. If he stays in shape over the winter and spring, the CFL could come calling next summer. Could you imagine McNabb calling plays in a Saskatchewan Roughriders or a Hamilton Tiger-Cats uniform?