Plenty of NFL deals are made over drinks, not on conference calls. So we give Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe credit for his approach in trying to bring Donovan McNabb to Minnesota.
“You know what, as a matter of fact, I seen him out the other day, and we had a little alcohol talk, should I say, a little alcohol talk,” Shiancoe said on CSN’s Washington Post Live, via Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog. “And I told him, ‘Hey, look , you know, Minnesota might be a good fit for you.’ I think that he would probably agree on that.”
McNabb has remained mostly tight-lipped about his situation in front of the microphone, and Shiancoe wouldn’t give away McNabb’s wishes.
“Who knows if he wants to stay here anymore, right, being in those circumstances? I don’t know if he wants to or not, but I wouldn’t want to stay here. Speaking for myself, I wouldn’t want to stay in this predicament right here,” Shiancoe said.
The “predicament” drew some criticism from a Redskins teammate over the weekend as well. DeAngelo Hall talked with Comcast’s Kelli Johnson about McNabb getting “pushed out the door” in Washington.
“It’s tough to see a veteran guy who can actually still play in this league get kind of pushed out the door,” Hall said. “But that’s the direction this organization decided to go in. As a part of this team, you’ve just got to live with it and keep fighting.”
McNabb will be fighting elsewhere next year, with Minnesota as likely a destination as any team. Mike Shanahan will need to find a capable replacement or more Redskins veterans may second guess how the team treated McNabb.