Rumors and reports of in-limbo Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb’s interest in the Vikings have been plentiful this offseason. But to this point, there had been no indications that the interest was mutual.
On Monday, the Washington Post cited two people with knowledge of the situation to report that the Vikings are “indeed” one of the teams interested in McNabb.
According to Mike Jones of the Post, one league source says no teams are willing to shell out substantial compensation for McNabb because the Redskins “already tipped their hand” that the 34-year-old quarterback has no future in Washington. McNabb is due a whopping $10 million, non-guaranteed bonus if he’s on the Redskins’ roster the day after the first regular season game.
He’d obviously have to rework his contract to make any trade conceivable. If McNabb refuses to restructure, he’ll almost certainly be released.
All of these reports and points are moot, of course, until the lockout ends. There’s a transaction freeze in the NFL.
But if the Vikings emerge from next week’s draft without a quarterback they deem capable of starting Week One, McNabb appears to be on their list of stopgap targets.